Guitars and lute--love at first sound!
Clarelynn's primary guitar, pictured here, is a Goodall Grand Concert. It has a Sitka spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides, and koa binding. She describes first hearing a Goodall as "Love at first sound."
The unique internal bracing used by James Goodall gives his guitars amazing harmonics, sustain, and overtones. When recording the Elegant Tern CD, the sound editor changed his usual practice of using a natural fadeout for the end of the piece, as the Goodall's fadeout lasted so long. A radio DJ playing an uneditted version of "Sound of Thunderclouds" commented, "That has to be the longest fadeout in the history of recorded acoustic music!"
Clarelynn also plays a jumbo Goodall with macassar
ebony back & sides with an Engelmann spruce top.
In 2005, Clarelynn began playing the 13-course baroque lute pictured below, after Hoffman, by Luciano Faria of Brazil. The swan neck design provides a long string length that gives the bass strings a wonderful presence. Tuned to A 415, the lute is typically put in a D minor tuning. Woods used are Brazilian rosewood for the ribs, spruce for the top, and maple for the headstock.