Aaron Green wrote:...are made from African Blackwood aka Dalbergia Melanoxylon ....
That's what I thought. Though really I don't see any reason not to. I bet it could build great oboes --though what to do with the oboists is an entirely other debate.
Having spent most of my life also playing violin I knew pernambuco (like Aaron said) as the premier wood for bows. Most of the attributes that make it a great bow wood also, I think, make it a phenomenal wood for guitars.
With the rosette I was kind of into the nonspecific as opposition to the disciplined. I used two different origins of pernambuco to provide a sort of contrast and bordered it with Afican Blackwood (go clarinets) and a quite dark cocobolo --the body being bound in cocobolo from the same board. More than anything it's just my current take on a mosaic.
The camera can't quite capture the change in chatoyance between pieces. I would absolutely do it again -- in fact I glued a couple in a similar style earlier today. Sure it's not a carbon copy of the traditional but It's just me having fun in the shop.
N.B. I want to mention that all of these photos were taken my friend Noemie (http://www.noemieletu.com
) with the guitar on a bench in our shop and lit by a steady sunbeam that we enjoy for most of the day.