Individually-voiced | Solid Engelmann Spruce top | Solid Khaya Mahogany back & sides | PLEK Setup | Pre-installed with L.R. Baggs Element Active System
Taking inspiration from the Original Series, the Cardinal Series extends our commitment in providing outstanding instruments off-the-rack. Available in Raffles and Victoria shapes, these guitars are individually-voiced and come pre-installed with L.R. Baggs Element Active System and PLEK Setup – equipping players with a gig-ready high-performance great-value guitar.
The Maestro brand was founded by luthier Ho Zen Yong – known simply as “Hozen” – with the vision of offering high quality boutique acoustic instruments for the best possible value. Since then, Maestro Guitars has evolved into one of the leading makers of premium guitars and ukuleles in the world. Hozen’s lifelong commitment to making fine, hand-crafted instruments more accessible began at a young age. His family were the first piano builders in Singapore. Hungry to bring Maestro guitars to the next level, Hozen studied under renowned luthier Ervin Somogyi and underwent PLEK training with the legendary Joe Glaser, who was also instrumental in developing the team’s eye for detail.
Every Maestro exudes a commitment to making fine boutique instruments more accessible. Handmade by a small team of experienced luthiers, all Maestro instruments are built from hand-selected tone woods and individually voiced by Hozen, ensuring that each is exceptional in terms of tone and craftsmanship.
LOOKS GOOD ON PAPER, PERFORMS BETTER IN PERSON
Featuring a full solid construction using seasoned hand selected tonewoods, Dovetail neck joint, Carbon Fiber Reinforced Mahogany neck, wooden binding, Nitrocellulose finish and high quality components, these guitars are good on paper. But what truly makes the Cardinal Series exceptional is that they are handmade in small batches, ensuring that their performance exceeds expectations.
All Cardinal Series guitars are carefully handvoiced to ensure that each piece is responsive, rich in projection, and full of character – something that you rarely see off-the-rack. You might get a nice piece from similar builds, but with the Cardinal Series, you will always get something better than you expected.
GIG READY FRESH OUT THE BOX
Comes PLEK Setup and pre-installed with L.R. Baggs Element Active System, the Cardinal Series provides players a gig-ready guitar any given day. Featuring a very fine setup fresh out from the box, you can just take these guitars out and plug straight. Together with the new premium Tone Remastered Gig Bag, you can conveniently and safely bring the Cardinal Series to your next show.
BEST GUITAR FOR THE PRICE
The Cardinal Series offers players a great guitar more than what the price tag suggests. Handmade full solids that are individually-voiced, PLEK setup, pre-installed with an L.R. Baggs Element Active System, at a price that won’t break the bank.
SOUNDBOARD Solid Engelmann Spruce
BACK & SIDES Solid Khaya Mahogany
PURFLING Wooden Lines
LINING Reversed Kerfing
BRACING Modified X Brace
BRACING MATERIAL Quarter-Sawn Sitka Spruce
NECK Carbon Fiber Reinforced Khaya Mahogany
NECK JOINT Dovetail
FINGERBOARD Royal Blackwood
FINGERBOARD BINDING Rosewood
NUT & SADDLE MATERIAL Unbleached Bone
BRIDGE PINS Ebony
HEADSTOCK STYLE Modern Maestro
MACHINE HEADS Grover Rotomatic 18:1
STRINGS Elixir Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb Light .012 – .053
FINISH Nitrocellulosse Matte
SETUP PLEK Setup
CASE Premium Polycarbonate Hard Case
ELECTRONICS L.R. Baggs Element Active System
LENGTH 1020 mm
BODY LENGTH 486 mm
LOWER BOUT 394 mm
WAIST 250 mm
DEPTH 102 mm
SCALE LENGTH 650 mm
NUT WIDTH 44 mm
STRING SPACING – NUT 36.5 mm
AVE. STRING SPACING – NUT 7.3 mm
STRING SPACING – SADDLE 54.4 mm
AVE. STRING SPACING – SADDLE 10.89 mm
FINGERBOARD RADIUS 14″
NECK THICKNESS – NUT 24 mm
NECK THICNKESS – 12th FRET 34 mm
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