One of my composite soundboard prototypes which came to completion during the pandemic. Alpine spruce outer, balsa core, cedar inner, Indian rosewood body, Brazilian rosewood bridge, ebony binding and armrest. As always I did not design this for absolute volume/boom but a blend of tonal quality, sustain and projection. I was very pleased with the result: quality, singing trebles, low nasality, natural tone.
Continuing to catch up with the blog, this is my first wenge guitar made in 2020, and despite the difficulties of using this wood the tone is really a pleasant surprise. The top is Italian Alpine spruce, wood lattice bracing, ebony headplate and binding, African blackwood fingerboard and armrest, Brazilian rosewood bridge. Below the gallery, a couple videos made by the owner.
A cedar lattice from 2020 with wonderful Indian rosewood for the body, African blackwood head, fingerboard and armrest, padauk bridge, beautifully played by Dragos Ilie.
I continue to show some older work, this time a flamenco from 2020, cedar with cypress, Rio fingerboard, aluminium tuners – quite light overall. Unfortunately the only sound sample is by yours truly and in raw wood. Big and rich sound, really loved it (especially for a cedar top)
After a long hiatus, I can brag with some new wood just in. There are also other top-level sets bought in the previous years but need to get a chance to extract them from the vault and photograph.
1. Rio type Madagascar, back mostly chocolate with discreet ink lines and highlights, paired with full spectacle sides.
2. Bois de rose type Madagascar rosewood, uniform very dark chocolate or purple depending on light. Low weight wood superb for a Hauser I type guitar.
3. Malaysian ebony aka green ebony. Superb dark reddish chocolate with subtle green hue and an incredibly rosewood-like taptone.
4. From a pile of Macassar and Malaysian ebony fingerboards, a twin pair with an exceptional landscape figure.
Celebrating the aquisition of “marianguitars.com” with a post 🙂 This is my number 74 delivered in spring 2021. Hauser engine but with an elevated neck and armrest, Alpine spruce, old Rio bridge, ABW fingerboard, Madagascar rosewood body. Fortunate to have Dragos Ilie in town for a test run.
This is a Romanian maple Torres style guitar with a rather unusual feature: a sterling silver mini-tornavoz (and nut). Alpine spruce top, sipo neck, Blackwood head, Rio fb and bridge, ebony binding.
One lattice from late 2019, spruce from the Dolomites, light padauk bridge, extra hard special Indian rw body. Raw clip before French polish, carbon strings, no effects.
And I am still very very slow to update here…but trust me, working from home with two little girls in my hair can be quite difficult. I already had a number of customers pulling out and many are losing their patience. But for the record i am alive and doing whatever I can to catch up.
So, this is a German spruce lattice started in last year and finished this spring with Indian body, elevated neck, Madagascar rosewood bridge and armrest, mahogany neck with ebony FB.
And a raw recording (no varnish) with carbon strings: