Ruthy is the first guitar that was made under the Dagmar moniker. Swanson pulled the name from the hot rod subculture dictionary. Dagmars are what hot rodders call the bullet shaped adornments found on car bumpers from the 50s. Further research on the origins of this word reveal that General Motors nicknamed their 1953 Caddy bumperettes Dagmars after a voluptuous blond bombshell comedian named Jennie Ruthy Lewis. Mrs. Lewis was a regular on the Milton Berle show and used Dagmar as her stage name. It was her ample figure and trend-setting torpedo shaped bra that inspired GM to name their adornments after her.
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The guitar's checkered rim is made using keystone shaped segments made up of Honduras Mahogany and blond Flame Maple. The concave interior is laminated with two layers of Carbon Fiber and the Spruce neck and tail blocks are hidden within the rim's curve, which greatly reduces the glue surface of the plates. On a traditional guitar the top and back are glued to the neck and tail blocks, impeding the plate's ability to vibrate freely in these areas. The compound curved rim also takes the brunt of the lateral string tension, which reduces the stress on the sound plate, allowing it to vibrate more freely.
The top sound plate is parallel braced and is finely carved from German Spruce that has some beautiful Bear Claw figure. The back is deeply furled blond Big Leaf Flame Maple.
The fingerboard, Deco Bolt bindings, peg head veneer and bridge are all made from Rosewood.
The neck is a nine-lamination design; a center of blond Flame Maple, 4 pieces of Honduras Mahogany and in between each piece of wood is Carbon Fiber. The carbon fiber adds strength and stability to the neck especially in the transition area where the fingerboard bends 15 degrees to the peg head. This area is where the wood grain is at it's shortest and weakest. A two way adjustable truss rod is also used in the neck to dial in the preferred relief. The neck is a bolt on unit that cantilevers above the top plate, again to promote unimpeded vibrations. This neck design is the Dagmar standard.
Other features include Schaller tuners, a natural bone nut and an Ebony tailpiece with a numeric “I” inlayed in Rosewood.