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The prototype Casimi C2 Grand Auditorium Signature steel string was built as a personal guitar by Matthew Rice, to be used on stage, in the studio and acoustically. At the outset Matthew knew that he had to design an instrument that would sound as good plugged-in as unplugged. It should also have a very broad and even spectrum of sound with deep rich tones, great clarity and projection.

As a professional songwriter and singer/guitarist, Matthew has become known for his unique style of playing. Demanding much from his instrument, his style involves both very hard complex riff picking and very soft, minimalist playing that relies heavily on the natural resonance of his guitar. The Casimi team set about designing and building an instrument that would stand up to these demands. Using Cocobolo for the back and sides, a Mahogany neck, Sitka Spruce top, Spruce X bracing and Ebony bindings and bevels. The result is a true innovation.
Tonally, this guitar stands out from the crowd. It is extremely rich in the low end with an excellent mid-range that is both warm and bright and a glittering bell-like upper register. It has phenomenal projection. There is a point about a foot and a half in front of the sound hole where the sound gathers and is concentrated in the air. From here it projects out again into the room, quite different from the conventional projection straight from the sound hole. It is fitted with the LB6 LRBaggs acoustic solid under-saddle pickup and pre-amp system. The technology is sparse yet powerful. With a minimum of knobs, buttons and no flashing lights, the instrument retains its authentic acoustic simplicity. This guitar is a collector’s piece and a professional’s dream, combining elegant yet powerful looks and voice. It is an extremely original and striking piece of work.

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C2
Signature series

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Rosette
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Bevels

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