Norman Protege B18 Acoustic Guitar (Part#021000)
The B18 features a semi-gloss Custom Polished finish and a select pressure tested solid cedar top. The sound (as with all Norman models) will only get better the more the guitar is played overtime.
All Norman Protege models feature:
Solid Tops and Custom Polished Finishes
The sound of an acoustic guitar depends on the vibration of the guitar's top. Solid tops are made from a very select grade of spruce or cedar harvested from trees more than 600 years old. The tight, straight grain in these woods makes them exceptionally strong in the direction of the grain and therefore able to withstand the string tension. At the same time, these handpicked tops are very flexible across the grain, which allows them to vibrate. A solid top instrument will produce richer sound, more harmonics, and better dynamic range. Virtually every aspect of the sound of a solid top guitar will be superior to that of a similar instrument with a plywood top.
Equally important to the selection of the guitar's top is the material used to finish it. The thick polyester finishes typically found in all but the most expensive guitars negates all of the potential benefit of a solid top instrument. This is why we spend several days applying a very special Custom Polished finish to every Norman guitar. This special finish encourages maximum vibration and therefore, excellent sound. Perhaps even more compelling than the great sound of a solid top guitar with a Custom Polished finish is its capacity to get even better sounding. This is called ageing. The best violins are generally instruments that date back more than a hundred years because these instruments have aged and have become even better sounding over time. The same phenomena exists in solid top guitars. But unlike the great violins, you will not have to wait several decades to hear your guitar at its best. The ageing process in your acoustic guitar begins as soon as you start playing.
Precision Neck Attachment and Integrated Set Neck
The angle of a guitar's neck attachment—often called 'neck pitch'— plays a crucial role in the instrument’s tone. Simply put, if the neck is too far back the guitar will lose its bass and sound tinny. On the other hand, if the neck angle is too far forward the guitar will lose its high frequency and sound muddy. The Norman neck attachment system ensures consistent neck pitch. It also produces the added bonus of superior neck/body energy transfer because the neck is attached to the body wood-to-wood. There is no glue or finish to impede the vibration between the heel of the neck and the guitar's body.
All Norman guitars also include the our Integrated Set Neck system, adding extra resistance and reinforcement to the crucial area where the body and top meet the neck. The Integrated Set Neck system allows for more consistent and stable action while significantly reducing warping and twisting of the neck, largely attributed to changes in climate. All models also feature compound curve tops, where the top is arched slightly in the area above the sound hole and levels out in the area around the bridge to further heighten the structural integrity and overall projection. Also, in combination with a compound curve top, the Integrated Set Neck system eliminates downward pressure from the fingerboard on the top.
Back & Sides
The body of an acoustic guitar works in a way similar to a speaker box. In this case the solidtop serves as the speaker and the back and sides play the part of speaker cabinet. The back and sides of Norman guitars are made from a three-part hardwood lamination. This special lamination retains all of the properties of superior tonewoods and provides a solid foundation for the top. Other standard features on all Norman guitars include: high-ratio sealed tuning machines, real wood rosettes, double-action truss rods, custom Tusq nuts and fully compensated saddles by Graphtech.
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