Soundport, armrest and cutaway extend the spectrum of the traditional classical guitar in terms of playing comfort and sound. These options offer interesting possibilities for the concept of a modern instrument.
A guitar with a soundport (an additional sound hole in the upper rib) can surprise the player with an outstanding response and the experience to be able to hear oneself clearly and more detailed in every playing situation. The musician is closer to the sound of the instrument and is inspired to discover new possibilities and to hear his/her performance in a new way. This can be particularily useful in rooms with poor acoustics.
However, many guitars with a soundport can produce problematic resonances, due to the altered acoustic characteristics. That is why I combine my version with an additional tornavoz. It removes unfavorable resonance characteristics and harmoniously rounds out the concept. The soundport can be closed or regulated by the player at anytime with a magnetic lid.
An armrest is not just a comfortable feature, it also affects the sound in a positive way. Since the top of the guitar is not being dampened by the player's lower arm, it can vibrate more freely. As a result you get higher volume and freer, more pronounced overtones.
If you choose this option, I will craft this part for each guitar individually to ensure a perfect fit. I use various woods that correspond with the look of the guitar.
The armrest can be taken off at any time. So the player can decide when to use it.
The cutaway is supposed to make it easier for the guitarist to reach the higher registers above the 12th fret. This option is a dramatic change in the construction and therefore has to be carefully thought out from the beginning. In the rather conservative classical concert world, there is generally little acceptance for guitars with a noticable cutaway. However, it is possible to realise this feature with an elegant design.
Musicians, for whom the classic look of a guitar is of less importance, will find a cutaway an inspiring element to discover new opportunities in playability.