Aureum Ironfinger: Single Malt finished with guitar wood

Grave Digger presents music from a whisky cask

Will sound properties of a guitar change if its wood had been imbrued in whisky? This question came on “Ironfinger” Axel Ritt’s mind, guitarist of the band Grave Digger. He knew there had been experiments with the freezing the wood or treating it with ultrasound. But whisky?

Ziegler Distillery and Band Grave digger: An experienced team

Knocking at the Ziegler Distillery’s door, the partner for the liquid part of the experiment was soon found. They had already successfully worked together creating the Aureum Grave Digger: parts of this six-year-old single malt had been matured for one year in new oak, the other parts in chestnut. Then they were married and stayed five years in ex-Bourbon casks. This Aureum Grave Digger now belongs to the core range of the distillery.

Wood imbrued in whisky

Aureum Ironfinger

Framus & Warwick, famous producer of guitars and basses, could be won for a partnership regarding the wood and the art of manufacture. They presented a variety of wood: mahagony, red ash, olive, ivory and others of which small samples were imbrued in whisky for a preselection. Then three different blanks for guitars were built and put in three casks. The one for the Aureum Ironfinger was made from red ash and chestnut. The casks were filled up with six-year-old Aureum 1865 Single Malt Whisky and the casks closed with lids of plexiglass to allow optical control. Then the finishing of the guitar wood and the whisky started.
Whisky bottled, guitars manufactured
The whisky from the three casks was bottled meanwhile: Aureum The Guitarist (sold out already), Aureum Ironfinger (the one that is actually on sale) and Aureum The Bassplayer. Three guitars were built from the whisky-soaken wood after it had been dried. Axel Ritt is putting them to the acid test now and maybe you can watch him playing one of them at the next Grave Digger Concert.