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The Maingard Bevel Edge

It was in the late 90’s that I saw a small bevel edge on a guitar made by Grit Laskin, who I believe was the originator of anything to do with a bevel edge on a guitar.

Some years later, I visited the shop of Kevin Ryan in California, and there I saw Kevin’s interpretation of Grit Laskin’s bevel edge.

As I was spending a few days with Kevin I had the opportunity to play one of his bevel edge guitars, and I was left with no doubt that it was the way forward for guitars.

As a guitar player myself the comfortability that the bevel edge offered was astonishing.

I returned to South Africa and, together with my two apprentices, set about re-designing the bevel edge to encompass a far greater area on the top edge of the guitar. This was in line with my European heritage design influences.

Some months later I went on to add a bevel edge at the back of the instrument, where the guitar tucks in under the breastbone.

To date, my design has been copied by many. I feel good about this because it puts a new level of comfortability into the hands of players, that did not exist pre-1995.

Thank you Grit and Kevin for the heads up!

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