By the way, crossover guitars are sometimes called “fusion” guitars, and that term is usually applied to a thin-line acoustic-electric guitar designed for jazz players.
But mine is not. It’s a fully acoustic guitar, no pickup, designed to sound and project just like a regular classical guitar.
Here are the details:
My guitar is a limited-run instrument, not a production model. But Alhambra now has three production models that you can order, and they are similar.
Mine is identical to an Alhambra 5P, except for the neck and the bridge saddle.
- 1-7/8″ wide nut (48mm), 8mm string-to-string spacing
- Radiused ebony fingerboard (15-inch or 380mm)
- Side dots at 3, 5, 7 & 9th frets
- Ebony reinforced Spanish cedar neck (no truss rod)
- True Spanish neck joint
- 650 mm scale length
- Venetian cutaway design
- Extra access neck heal contour (sometimes called “compound” or “contoured” cutaway)
- Solid Western Red cedar top
- Traditional fan bracing
- Laminated Indian rosewood back & sides
- Rosewood body binding
- Radiused saddle (for appropriate string height and action given the radiused fingerboard)
- Traditional rosewood bridge with angled tie block. String span at bridge is 60mm, or string-to-string of 12mm, just like a standard classical guitar.
It came with a flat-top hard shell case, one that looks like it was built by TKL.
Here is the background:
Grant MacNeill and the luthiers of the Twelfth Fret guitar store of Toronto, Ontario, Canada designed the first Alhambra crossover model. They carved a custom neck and fingerboard, and commissioned Alhambra to produce two-hundred 5P guitars with replicas of this neck and fingerboard. Twelfth Fret took delivery in 2007 and sold them exclusively from their store.
Alhambra was pleased with the results so they added three models of crossover guitar to their regular production lineup. The new models are higher-grade instruments than the 5P CWX, and all come with a Fishman pickup and preamp system built-in. The new Alhambra crossover models can be ordered from any Alhambra dealer. (I provided a link to the list of dealers in the United States only, but they are available world-wide.)
I got my 5P CWX at a great price, from Twelfth Fret. I bought in in March, 2009, and it was one of the very last of the 200 that they ordered. They may still have one or two left, and at any rate they can get you one of the new production models, so contact them if you are interested. Ask for Grant and tell him that Wheat Williams sent you.
I’m taking the liberty of posting Twelfth Fret’s pictures from their page on the 5P CWX, because I fear that they are no longer available and Twelfth Fret might take down their page.
The new Alhambra crossover models are true classical guitars, but I don’t like the bridge design, the binding, or the big honkin’ headstock logo, because they look quite un-traditional. My guess is that Alhambra is betting that these non-traditional elements will make these models more appealing to those who were not classical guitarists to begin with.