Guitar build

This section lists the key specifications of the guitar itself.



  • Spruce (2 piece)
  •  Indian Rosewood and Mahogany inlay
  •  bracings: Spruce – double X-Bracing (additional X-Bracing in lower bout)


  • Bookmatched flamed Maple
  •  Indian Rosewood inlay
  •  bracings: Spruce – Ladder pattern


  • Bookmatched flamed Maple
  •  Stained Sycamore inlay in top side soundhole


  • Blackwood


  • Reclaimed Mahogany


  • Reclaimed Mahogany
  • Mother of pearl inlay dots on top binding at 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th and 12th frets (note the Gypsy Jazz style of marking the 10th rather than the 9th fret).


  • Indian Rosewood
  • Maple inlay for 12th fret code


  • Mahogany
  • Flamed Maple veneer front and back
  • Ebony dust and resin inlay on headstock code


  • Bone

Shape and dimensions


  • Based on a Dreadnought with cutaway = 510mmm x 425mm
  • Depth 102mm at bottom – 86mm at neck


  • 152mmm x 70mm x 17mm


  • 21 frets with a 25.5″ (610mm) Scale length
  • Width: 45mm at Nut – 54mm at Heel
  • Asymetric D-Shaped contour

Final guitar design without codes



  • Schaller Superior Machine Head, GrandTune (Brass)


  • B-Band 29R Under Saddle Transducer (UST) for wide saddle slots


  • B-Band A1.2 with volume Control


  • First set on delivery: Newtone Masterclass 12-54 (locally made in Derbyshire
  • Usual: D’Addario EJ26 11-52


  • Hiscox Pro II in Cream.


This section lists the key specifications of the software that is used to interact with the guitar.

Recognition app

‘Aestheticodes’ app available from iTunes and Google Play

Aestheticode mappings

Where the various aestheticodes are located on the guitar:

Code        Location on the guitar

1:1:1:1:2     Headstock logo (inlay)

1:1:3:3:4    Soundboard repeated three times on the upper and lower bouts (inlay and sound hole)

1:1:2:4:4     Soundboard under the strings (inlay and sound hole)

1:1:1:4:5    Back of the guitar (inlay)

1:1:2:3:5    Removable soundhole in the top side (Iinlay and sound hole)

1:1:5:6:6   In the cutaway ‘nook’ underneath where the neck joins the body (inlay)

1:1:1:1:1    Fret marker ay the 12th fret (inlay)

Aestheticode config file

The mapping of these various aesthetocdes to the specific actions carried out by the app when they are scanned is specified in the Aesthticodes configuration file. The following is the current version of the Carolan configuration file that was updated on November 1st 2014:

“markers”: [
“code”: “1:1:1:1:2”,
“action”: “http://www.carolanguitar.com/about”,
“editable”: true
“code”: “1:1:3:3:4”,
“action”: “http://wp.me/P4QC5t-9g”,
“editable”: true

“code”: “1:1:1:4:5”,

“action”: “http://wp.me/P4QC5t-6A”,
“editable”: true

“code”: “1:1:2:3:5”,
“action”: “http://wp.me/P4QC5t-3Q”,
“editable”: true
“code”: “1:1:2:4:4”,
“action”: “http://wp.me/P4QC5t-3T”,
“editable”: true
“code”: “1:1:5:5:6”,
“action”: “http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPvnQgbeSXV6fRryEuIZRdlIutXdMDgd6”,
“editable”: true
“code”: “1:1:1:1:1”,
“action”: “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW39Mt5kscQ”,
“editable”: true
“id”: “uk.ac.horizon.aestheticodes.carolan”,
“name”: “Carolan”,
“icon”: “http://www.wornchaos.org/experiences/uk.ac.horizon.aestheticodes.carolan.png”,
“minRegions”: 5,
“maxRegions”: 5,
“maxEmptyRegions”: 0,
“maxRegionValue”: 6,
“validationRegions”: 2,
“validationRegionValue”: 1,
“checksumModulo”: 6,
“markerOccurrence”: 1,
“modes”: [“detect”, “outline”, “threshold”],
“editable”: false,
“addMarkers”: false


The following provide information about how to maintain the guitar.

Accessing the inside (including the battery pack for the pickup)

Remove the top sound hole (held in by magnets).

Looking into the top sound hole. Volume control and battery just under to top on the right.

Looking into the top sound hole. Volume control and battery just under to top on the right.

Upside-down Showing Magnets

Upside-down Showing Magnets

The battery pack is located in a fabric holder that is velcroed just inside this sound hold towards the lower bout of the guitar.

Accessing the truss rod

Lift off the wooden truss rod cover on the front of the headstock.neck and truss rod

Software configuration

To change the software configuration contact either Kevin Glover (who manages the Aestheticodes software), Steve benford or Adrian Hazzard by email at first name.lastname@nottingham.ac.uk. You can edit the config file and send them a new version or request them to make specific edits.

History of build and maintenance log

The following is the history of maintenance.

Video of etching the soundboard

Video of etching the back

Lowering the action

Adrian Lucas of the Newark Guitar Workshop lowered the actions and straightened the alignment of the strings. This involved thinning out the bridge and also plugging and subsequently redrilling the holes for the bridge pins. Work completed 15th October 2014.

String change log

24th September     First strung with set of Newtone Masterclass 12-54

27th September     D’Addario EJ26 11-52 for session with Lulo Reinhardt

18th October          D’Addario EJ26 11-52 for sessions at Beeston Oxjam Takeover Festival

24th October         D’Addario EJ26 11-52 for session with Remi Harris

4th November       D’Addario EJ26 11-52 for session with Carlos Thrale

16th November     D’Addario EJ26 11-52 for home recording session

29th November    D’Addario EXP26 11-52 for Tom Edey and Kevin Armstring





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