Caletta Pau Ferro/Spruce

Like nothing you’ve ever heard before. 

At first sight the B&G Private Build Caletta acoustic guitar raises a question. Is it an OM? GA? In fact it’s none of these things neither is it any other body shape you’d be familiar with. The Caletta’s body shape sits somewhere between the traditional 00 to 000 shapes, designed by B&G as a solution to the lack of bass on smaller bodied guitars yet maintaining the ease of play. This unique body shape, along with the hand-voicing technique applied to the guitar’s top and selection of premium woods make the Caletta a truly unique and wonderful instrument. The Pau Ferro/Spruce guitar we have demoed is really one of the nicest Pau Ferro guitars we have had in the studio. Pau Ferro on back&sides of acoustic guitar is something unique, while it looks like Rosewood it is in fact closer to Maple in tone but with a little more overall balance. It is bright, but not too bright, and the mid range is a bit more emphasised on the Pau Ferro. While the bass is definitely there, it is not overtaking other frequencies and the result is a nice sounding guitar for pick as well as finger playing. As for playability, the Caletta guitars are comfortable to work with and extremely lightweight. Take into account that these guitars may not fit the player who constantly plays above the 12th fret. These guitars are a great example of the good things that can happen when innovation meets tradition.

Caletta Pau Ferro/Spruce technical specifications

Manufacturer B&G Guitars
Made In Israel
Series Private Build
Serial Number 013
Manufacturer Part Number Caletta Pau Ferro
Body Type Auditorium, Classical 4/4, Concert, Dreadnought, Jumbo, Mini Jumbo, Orchestra, Other, Parlor, Travel/Small
Cutaway? No, Yes
Massive/Laminate Wood Massive Body, Massive Top
Top Material Family Ash, Basswood, Blackwood, Bunya, Cedar, Cherry, Dao, Koa, Mahogany, Maple, Pine, Poplar, Redwood, Spruce, Ziricote
Body Material Family Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, Agathis, Alder, Aluminum, Ash, Balsa, Basswood, Blackwood, Cherry, Cocobolo, Dao, HPL, Koa, Limewood, Mahogany, Maple, Meranti, Myrtlewood, Nato, Nyatoh, Oak, Okoume, Ovangkol, Pau Ferro, Pine, Poplar, Radiata, Rosewood, Sapele, Sassafras, Snakewood, Spruce, Swamp Ash, Walnut, Zebrawood, Ziricote
Fretboard Material Family Brownwood, Ebony, Ferro, Jatoba, Katalox, Laurel, Maple, Micarta, Oak, Ovangkol, Pau Ferro, Richlite, Rosewood, Sonokeling, Walnut, Wenge, Ziricote
Neck Material Family Birch, Cedar, Hardwood, Mahogany, Maple, Nato, Okoume, Panga Panga, Rosewood, Sapele, Wenge
String Number 10, 11, 12, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Number of Frets 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Neck joint at 12th fret, 13th fret, 14th fret
Amplified? No, Yes
Pickup Configuration Microphone, Piezo
Active Pickup? No, Yes
Pickup Brand Aguilar, Aria, B&G Guitars, Bare Knuckle, Baton Rouge, Cole Clark, Crafter, Delano, DiMarzio, Duesenberg, EMG, ESP Ltd., Fender, Fishman, Gibson, Godin, Gretsch, Harmony, Häussel Pickups, Höfner, Ibanez, Kent Armstrong, L.R. Baggs, Lag, Lakland, Lindy Fralin, Lollar, Macmull Custom Guitars, Music Man, Nik Huber, Prodipe, Prodipe Guitars, PRS, Reveho, Rickenbacker, Sandberg, Schecter, Seymour Duncan, Shadow, Squier, Strandberg, Suhr, Takamine, Taylor, Tim Shaw, TV Jones, Wilkinson, Yamaha
Left-Friendly? Yes, No
Lefty/Right Handed Left Handed, Right Handed
Colour Black, Blue, Brown, Burgundy, Burst, Copper, Cream, Gold, Green, Grey, Natural, Orange, Other, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, Turquoise, White, Yellow

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