Style and Process
The Sitka Spruce tops of these guitars have been kiln-aged through a process of torrefication. The Spruce is air dried before being roasted in a kiln with precise controls over atmospheric and oxygen levels to reduce its moisture content. Then as the wood cools, precise amounts of moisture are re-introduced to the wood. The resulting timber is more stable – always good when used as a topwood – and aurally, it produces a rich, mellow tone with a mature voicing which would take perhaps 20 years of waiting to achieve under normal circumstances. Treating Spruce this way has its benefits on the way it looks too with it taking on a golden-caramel colouring that sees this series radiate an authentic, grown-up vibe.
They also feature solid high-figure, Flamed Maple bindings, Figured Ebony fingerboards and bridges, and bone nuts, saddles and bridge pins. Also for the first time in our history – each guitar has a solid Figured Ebony pickguard.
Based on Patrick James Eggle’s ‘Linville’ model, the Earth is a true Orchestra Model (OM) shape and is the newest addition to the Faith family. Although sharing many geometric characteristics with our highly acclaimed Venus shape, the Earth has its own set of distinguishing features that make for a unique tonal palette, plus it is truly unique, having been drawn by Patrick’s own hand.
In true OM fashion, its 15” lower bout is flattened at the base, and at 4.45” deep, its shallow body makes for a comfortable mid-sized guitar.
Top Wood: Torrefied Sitka Spruce
Back & Side Wood: Solid African Khaya Mahogany
Binding: Solid Flamed Maple
Bracing: Quarter-Sawn Spruce
Rosette: 5mm Abalone with Fibre Border
Neck Finish: Satin
Neck Joint: PJE Bolt-On Design
Fingerboard: Macassan Figured Ebony
Fingerboard: Radius 16″
Fingerboard Inlays: Mother of Pearl ‘F’ at 12th Fret
Machine Head: Grover 18:1 Ratio Nickel
Nut / Saddle: Bone
Nut Width/Bridge Nut: 45mm / String Spacing 55mm
Bridge: Macassan Figured Ebony
Bridge: Pins Bone
Finish Type: PU Lacquer Hi-Gloss all over
Case: Faith Premium Hardcase
Preamp/Pickup: Fishman Flex Blend Inc Mic