Available soon -- a cedar / ziricote doubletop!
Coming early in 2013 -- a new doubletop made with an exceptional western red cedar top and a striking set of ziricote back and sides, set off with dark ebony bindings.
This is a new instrument now under construction. Scale length is 650 mm. It will feature my newly-designed "sunburst" rosette, an ergonomic "bevel" on the lower bout for playing comfort, and a custom set of Graf tuners. And, of course, that magical doubletop sound. I have assigned it #291.
This is the first time I have offered a completed instrument from my website. There is no list for this instrument, and no waiting period. Price is $10,500. If you are interested in finding out more, please write.
Scroll down for a blog about the construction of this guitar. The most recent posts are at the top.
October 15, 2012: The first part of the guitar that I make is the rosette. Here you can see parts for a group of sunburst rosettes at several stages of assembly. The dyed maple strips are first glued into wider strips, then into "logs", from which are cut individual tiles that are joined in a ring. I vary the arrangement of the strips from log to log so that each rosette is subtly different.
September 25, 2012: First steps -- moving wood into the shop for resawing. Back and sides for #291 will be cut from the long ziricote board in the center. The neck will come from the Spanish cedar plank. Other woods are wenge, bloodwood, and lacewood, all used in the rosette. A portion of a snakewood log is on the left in the top picture.