corner bindings and proprietary preamp/pickup
systems. Tops are primarily solid red cedar or
solid Sitka spruce. Stage Range backs and sides
are either mahogany or Indonesian rosewood.
Master Range models feature solid mahogany
or solid Indian rosewood backs and sides. Both
high-gloss and French satin finishes are available, and all instruments feature a detailed
rosette design highlighting the Occitan Cross.
Come to America
By PREMIER GUITAR
LÂG Guitars made their US debut at
NAMM 2010 with the unveiling of their new
Tramontane line of acoustic and acoustic/
electric guitars, and picked up a “Best In
Show” award to boot.
Joe Castronovo, president of Korg USA, the
new exclusive US distributor of LÂG Guitars,
called them “one of Europe’s best-kept secrets.”
Based in the Occitania region of France, LÂG
has been making guitars for a quarter of a
century under the guidance of master luthier
Michel Lâg-Chavarria. The Tramontane line of
guitars is named for a seasonal wind in south-
ern France and includes both steel-string and
nylon-string guitars in three ranges (Standard,
Stage and Master Range) featuring fine woods,
quality craftsmanship and finishes, beveled
the NanoFlex Piezo bridge pickup. Master
Range guitars use a Hexophonic NanoFlex
pickup, with adjustments for each individual
string. Master Range steel-string models fea-
ture an additional NanoMag humbucking mag-
netic pickup concealed below the fingerboard,
behind the last fret. This provides a warm,
well-balanced tone with added definition, and
the ability to blend between the two pickups.
Acoustic/electric models feature LÂG’s pro-
prietary electronics systems, including custom
preamps developed with Shadow Electronics,
offering both versatility and user-friendly
presets. Complementing the electronics are
the unique magnetic and piezo LÂG pickups,
which vary depending on the model range.
Standard and Stage Range instruments feature
Korg USA has taken on exclusive US distribu-
tion and will begin offering the Standard and
Stage ranges in the LÂG Tramontane guitar line
in the US starting January 2010. The Master
range will be available in Spring/Summer 2010.