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.

Spruce / Indian RW fan braced

-Italian bearclaw spruce top, fan bracing, 650mm scale
-Indian rosewood body
-Spanish cedar neck with African Blackwood fingerboard
-Madagascar rosewood bridge, Indian rw headplate and binding.

Raw soundclips recorded without varnish, nylon strings:


#29-30 completed photos

#29

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

#30

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.








#28 completed

Austrian spruce soundboard, fan bracing (made from 90 years old spruce), figured Ceylon satinwood body
Brazilian cedar neck, 650 mm scale, with Macassar ebony fingerboard and hard bronze frets
Brazilian rosewood (60 years old) bridge, Madagascar rosewood headplate, Indian rosewood binding
Klaus Scheller engraved tuners.

D’addario strings, first day test, bare wood (and lots of drilling background noise):

#26 completed

Swiss spruce soundboard, fan braced, Amazon rosewood body
Brazilian rosewood (60 years old) bridge, Madrone burl rosette and boxwood binding
Honduras mahogany neck, 650mm scale, ebony spine and Amazon rw fingerboard
Rubner tuners with Indian rosewood buttons, Indian headplates.

Bare wood raw recordings:

#22 completed

-Austrian alpine spruce soundboard with Madagascar rosewood body, bridge and headplate
-Honduras mahogany neck with ebony spine and “Bois de rose” Madagascar rosewood fingerboard
-Brazilian boxwood binding

This guitar has a construction loosely based on the famous 1937 Hauser used by Segovia. Strings are Savarez New cristal / Cantiga normal tension, which sound tighter and brighter than regular nylon but not as edgy and metallic as carbon.

Clips:

Bare wood raw clips, worn d’addario:

#10 photos

Some photos of my #10 (here for installing a pickup and black tusq “bones”)

-bearclaw Alpine spruce (fan braced)
-figured Madagascar rosewood headplate, rosette and bridge
-African Blackwood fingerboard
-Indian rosewood back, sides and binding.

#13 completed

Number 13 completed

-Austrian spruce top with meander rosette; Madagascar rosewood bridge
-cedar neck with rosewood reinforcement, ebony fingerboard, figured Madagascar rosewood headplate
-Indian rosewood back and sides.

The bracing is my Spanish type based on the Torres and Hauser tradition.

#8 Completed

#8 completed. Quite a variety of wood used, four different rosewood species, among others.

Soundboard: Austrian spruce
Bracing: Swiss and Romanian spruce
Back and sides: Amazon rosewood with sapwood
Bridge: Brazilian (Rio) rosewood
Fingerboard: Madagascar ebony
Neck: South American cedar with Indian rosewood insert
Headplates: African blackwood on the front and Indian on the back
Binding: Gabon ebony with maple purfling

A few quasi-finished photos

After one year of delays I managed to recently put a couple shellac sessions on my own neglected guitar. Again, this was made in summer 2009, Austrian spruce top, Madagascar Rw with African Blackwood back, ebony binding and FB.