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Solid Sitka Top, and Solid American Sycamore Back and Sides.
Completed Jan 20th, 2007
For all those Europeans out there who think Maple trees and Sycamore trees are the same thing... They're NOT. Click the photos to see a large image, and you will see how different this guitar looks from a Maple guitar. Even the store owners don't know it, and they will often tell a customer that a particular guitar is Sycamore when in fact it is some variety of European Maple.
As it turns out, American Sycamore has about the same density, and stiffness as Honduras Mahogany, giving a similar sound! But it is much more beautiful with flecks and bands that change luminosity as the light hits the wood from different angels. This guitar has all the crisp highs that a Mahogany guitar delivers plus a powerful driving base response giving great balance and projection. I am looking forward to building more guitars using this wood.
This guitar's Sitka top has the tightest grain of all my guitars built so far, showing a wonderful silk. Even the African Mahogany neck has a light flame pattern. Also, just as most of my guitars, this one also has an Ebony fretboard and bridge. Oh... and check out the head inlay.