#27 – Varberg
Posted by ola_strandberg on Sep 25, 2012
The Varberg model is the result of years of development work. It is also the first guitar to feature the patent pending EndurNeck(tm) neck profile, which was developed with assistance of Al Mu’min of The|HAARP|Machine.
The Varberg is designed with complete tonal flexibility, playability and ergonomics in mind. It is a sandwich construction consisting of three or four layers. In the movie “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”, Baldini, the perfume maker states:
Just like a musical chord, a perfume chord contains four essences, or notes, carefully selected for their harmonic affinity. Each perfume contains three chords: the head, the heart and the base, necessitating 12 notes in all. The head chord contains the first impression, lasting a few minutes before giving way to the heart chord, the theme of the perfume, lasting several hours. Finally, the base chord, the trail of the perfume lasting several days.
The Varberg is designed in much the same way: the top, which may consist of two layers and generally contributes to the snappiness or attack; the core shapes the bulk of the tonal characteristics; and the bottom layer, which provides the backdrop.
I was amazed at how clear and articulate the bottom end is. Clarity in this frequency has always been a problem in the past, especially on the faster riffs, but the Varberg keeps notes super clear and even throughout. The combinations of woods and pups really let the low-end breath without over compressing or ‘choking’. The attack is sharp and crisp, almost like the guitar was half the size, but retains the ‘size’. I guess that’s the ebony/ash and mahogany serving as planned! Even acoustically the notes resonate so well which is further proof of the concepts validity.
See http://strandbergguitars.com/al-mumin-feature-1209/ for the full evaluation.