This 2007 Compass Rose guitar is in excellent condition, with just a few very minor signs of having been played. Rick Turner has a way of combining very new design ideas with themes, both decorative and functional, that date back to the early days of the six-string guitar. The bridge on this Compass Rose harkens back to bridge designs from 200 years ago, as does the adjustable neck that floats above the soundboard. But other features, such as the sound port in the side and carbon fiber bracing, are certainly very recent additions to the contemporary guitarmakers' bag of tricks.
The adjustable neck, with the fingerboard floating above the top, is more than just a convenience that makes changing the action height almost as easy as tuning the strings. Since the fingerboard doesn't touch the top, there's a much larger active soundboard area (as on a good archtop guitar with cantilevered fingerboard).
This added resonating area results in a guitar that really does sound different even when played with a very light touch. In other words, this is not a guitar you have to drive hard to get a full sound.There's a nice complement of visual features here as well, such as the elegant abalone trim around the perimeter of the top, and the dramatic cocobolo back and sides. As with Rick's Compass Rose ukuleles, the design not only pleases the eye but works hand-in-hand with the innovative construction to please the ear.