The Monarch is a wonderful 14 fret guitar for anyone who appreciates great tone and a classic appearance. The Monarch body features a slimmer waist and curvier shoulders than a Dreadnought. It has a well-balanced tone and is a versatile instrument that would make an excellent choice for singer-songwriters, finger style players, or anyone who wants a great-sounding guitar that is a joy to play.
The Monarch features all solid wood construction with a select Sitka top, hand carved Sitka bracing, wood bindings, decorative purflings, a shell rosette, Ebony fretboard and bridge, and bone nut and saddle. A double action truss rod insures that your ideal setup can be dialed in. Every Monarch receives a flawless gloss lacquer finish.
The monarch is fully voiced and tuned using a combination of ear tuning and software analysis, and the top and back are tuned to specific fundamental resonances that work together to get the most from the guitar’s top and back woods. Sitka Spruce braces are hand carved to specific profiles for each individual Monarch, ensuring superior tonal response.The tone is clear and balanced, and the body shape and size are very comfortable to play.
The Monarch can be customized for you with a variety of upgrades. These include Abalone shell body purfling, highly figured back and side woods, custom inlay work, unique rosettes, gold tuners, and cutaways. Please contact me to discuss your design ideas and for pricing.
Standard Monarch Features:
- all solid wood construction
- figured Maple back and sides (other species available at the same cost)
- Abalone shell rosette with B&W outer rings
- five-piece Mahogany neck with dual action truss rod
- bound Ebony fretboard with wood binding, B&W purfling
- Ebony Dogwood-style bridge and pins with shell dots
- solid wood binding with B&W purflings
- Gotoh sealed chrome tuners
- distinctive Dogwood peghead with hand-cut pearl logo
- bone nut and compensated saddle
- Ebony end pin and strap button
- high gloss lacquer finish
- hard shell case
- Lifetime warranty to the original owner
The Monarch base price is $7000.00
The Monarch is a 14 fret guitar with a 25.5 scale length. The bout is 15 3/4″ and the shoulder width is 11 1/2″. Body length is 2o 1/8″ and the overall length is 41 13/16″. Width at the nut is 1 3/4″ and the string spacing is 2 1/4″. Fretboard radius is 16″ and the neck is a comfortable oval shape. Alterations to some of these dimensions are available at no cost.
Upgrades include highly figured back and side woods of various species, Venetian cutaway, custom fretboard inlays, custom rosettes, shell body purflings, and unique binding and purfling combinations. Contact me to discuss your ideas for a custom build.
The Monarch guitar in the photo gallery below includes all the standard appointments plus the following upgrades: Premium Indian Rosewood back and sides, venetian cutaway, spalted Maple and Abalone radial rosette, spalted Maple back and end panels, and gold tuning machines. Other Monarchs can be seen on the Guitar Gallery page.
Scroll down to watch a video of the Monarch being played. Hearing is believing!