Cedar – “the tree” mahogany with rosewood neck

This is a special guitar which I made for myself. It happened that last year the number of builds caught up with my age – 34.
The (fan-braced) soundboard is the best I have handled so far, rivaling a double top.   According to the seller it came from a reclaimed dead tree from the Vancouver area.
-back, sides, headplate and rosette of highly figured Honduras mahogany,  the famous “the tree” cut in 1965.
-neck and bridge of 60 yo Brazilian rosewood
-fingerboard and back strip of bois-de-rose Madagascar rosewood, Indian rw binding.
-Gilbert tuners

Recently the guitar passed to an incredible guitarist I met, Cristian Gramesc from Salzburg.
Soundclips: pieces by Tedesco, Regondi and Brouwer, Savarez strings.

Cedar / IRW lattice

-red cedar top, lattice bracing, 650mm scale, Madagascar rosewood rosette
-Indian rosewood body with soundport
-Spanish cedar neck with Honduras mahogany head and Macassar ebony fingerboard
-Brazilian rosewood bridge, Indian rw headplate and maple binding.

French polished clips (soundport closed), Savarez carbon strings:

Raw wood clip (soundport closed), Savarez carbon strings:

Cedar / Indian rosewood Lattice braced

-red cedar top, lattice bracing, 650mm scale
-Indian rosewood body
-Spanish cedar neck with African ebony fingerboard
-Madagascar rosewood bridge, Indian rw headplate and binding.

Raw soundclip recorded without varnish, nylon strings:

French polished clip, Savarez carbon strings:

#29-30 completed photos


Red cedar soundboard, Indian rosewood body
Honduras mahogany neck and heel, Spanish cedar headstock
Brazilian rosewood headplate and bridge
Satinwood and maple purfling with Indian rosewood binding
African ebony fingerboard


Austrian spruce soundboard, Indian rosewood body
Spanish cedar neck with Honduras mahogany heel
Brazilian rosewood bridge and Bois de rose headplate
Satinwood and maple purfling with Indian rosewood binding
black Macassar ebony fingerboard

Both fan braced, soundclips without french polish below.

Played by Tudor Niculescu, Savarez Alliance strings.

#20 completed photos

-Spruce lattice braced western red cedar soundboard
-650mm scale, Graf tuners
-Macassar ebony back and sides, Madagascar rosewood binding
-Bois de rose fingerboard and bridge
-Honduras mahogany neck with uncertain species of ebony headplate

The headplate of this guitar has an interesting story. The owner brought me the fingerboard of his 100+ yo cello which he had replaced. He thought I might have use for the wood, not for his guitar, but in general. When I looked carefully I noticed the wood was dyed black and there was some color inside. After I scraped it was clear it was quite similar to the color of the Macassar set i chose for the guitar so I decided to make the headplate from it.

Clips from various players and strings:

#17 completed photos


-Western red cedar soundboard, Bouchet-style bracing
-Indian rosewood back, sides, headplate and bridge
-African Blackwood fingerboard
-South American cedar neck
-ebony binding.