El Marabino. (A. Lauro) (Interprete Rene Mora)
The Menduiņa System is a modern technological approach which provides an answer for guitarists demands, and opens up new scope for the sound on the guitar.
In 2004, after years of research, the model MS ( Menduiņa System ) is patented; this permits guitar makers and guitarists to acquire a sound with its own character.
The research of the Menduiņa System started at the end of 2001, theoretical fundamentals were developed up to 20, April, 2004, the same date that it was presented for patent registration.
Since that date, we have developed a number of prototypes tested by a variety of guitarists.
At the beginning of 2005, the first prototype guitars with different string lengths and different bracing varieties of the system were produced, and by the end of that year, and the beginning of 2006 a sufficient number of instruments were built in order to carry out a market study.
During all those years , defining and determining the average taste of the musicians sound has been our prime objective, and especially our pursuit for beauty and clarity in tone.
The result is a guitar with resources that are listed in 2.- Opinions.
Bearing in mind the number of variables that can affect the timbre and sonority of the guitar, a design with a conceptual system was carried out. That is to say, thickness, positions , fixed positioning of the bracing on the soundboard, etc are not patented; on the contrary, it favours the acoustic and musical preferences of each musician and maker. The system is designed to enable a variety of positioning of the braces until adjusted to the tastes and preferences of the maker and musician.
The patent which covers this system claims the use of curved bracing stuck to the soundboard and perpendicular to the grain of the wood, in such a way as to define the use of frequency harmonics. These can be concave, convex, flat-concave. flat-convex, open or closed at the ends, complete or incomplete, etc.
Additionally, it claims the use of a floating brace; strips stuck to the top of the bracing that is connected to the soundboard, regardless of number, position, thickness or density. They also have three purposes: provide mechanical resistance for the soundboard, serve as an added vibrating element, and moderate the low and/or high frequencies.
To sum up, the use of this patent opens up new scope and enormous possibilities for makers, since it offers the possibility to personalise the timbre and harmonic richness, independently from the increase in sound that also occurs.