Looks like it has been over a year since I posted in this thread! The 2015 exhibition season is now over for me, so my main exhibition guitar will shortly be available for sale. This was my 100th guitar, and it attracted quite a lot of interest at this years exhibitions in Cumbrae, Koblenz and West Dean.
There's quite a lot of photos and information about the build of this guitar in this thread
in the luthiers section, as well as a short clip of the guitar being played by Marcin Dylla.
A brief summary and a few photos of the finished guitar, for those of you who don't want to plough through all 7 pages of the build thread!
In most ways this guitar follows my standard design, but I didn't want to use any tropical hardwoods, and to use FSC certified woods where possible. The top, back and sides, strutting and some of the decorative parts are FSC certified. The neck is walnut, and the fingerboard bog oak. Top is European spruce and the back and sides flamed maple (both FSC from Florinett).
The plantilla is my own design - but is fairly close to that used by Hermann Hauser 1. The strutting is a five fan design with two low transverse braces, which I've been using slight variations of for about 9 years now. The tuners are Rodgers with black horn buttons.
I also designed a new rosette for this guitar. It uses a traditional end grain central section, but using 0.33mm veneers, rather than the standard 0.6mm. This gives a "higher resolution" pattern, and as far as I know, no-one has made an end grain pattern this fine before. The completed rosette contains approximately 27,600 pieces!
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