A double top prototype

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.

Spruce/Wenge lattice

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.

#74 Traditional with modern features

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.

A “new” lattice

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:

Long time no see

Hey friends…  just in case anyone is wondering, I am still alive.  But life has been quite complicated, especially 2017, forcing me to neglect to update here as often as I used to.  But to mention positives, a lot of work to do plus a baby (and now a second on the way!)

I’d like to show a little Torres hommage guitar I finished a while ago for myself.  The soundboard is 5(!) pieces Carpathian spruce which comes from an old construction beam I split myself in true Torres fashion.  Body is extremely rare bois-de-rose rosewood.  At a casual look it looks all but black while strong light reveals a wonderful deep eggplant color.  Bridge is Madagascar rosewood, fingerboard is bookmatched Brazilian rosewood; simple Brazilian boxwood binding, dark old Khaya mahogany neck with v-joint and carved on both sides of the neck.   Pics are complete with workshop dust. Finish is shellac top, nitro back, wax over oil neck.

I am very happy with the sound – lively, effortless and sweet. As a demo guitar it brought in several orders from people seeking traditional over modern.

 

 

Fan braced Austrian spruce – Romanian maple

Traditional bracing, Austrian spruce soundboard with Romanian maple body
Brazilian rosewood bridge, African Blackwood fingerboard and headplate
Spanish cedar neck, Gotoh Deluxe tuners.

 

I’m very happy with the sound of this guitar.  Sweet and transparent tone, with a deep bass and fat trebles when asked for.  It also seems quite microphone-friendly.

Raw recordings before french polishing: