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Spruce and Pau Ferro dreadnought guitar.
Solid Sitka Spruce top, solid Pau Ferro back & sides, African Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fret board & Bridge, and lots of real shell
Completed March 21, 2013
This is a version of my standard Dreadnought size guitar. It has all the power, balance, and clarity people have come to expect form the guitars I build. Part of that is the use of an AAA grade Sitka Spruce top, the super thin French Polished Shellac, and also the use of Pau Ferro (Caesalpinia echinata) for the back and sides. Here is another non-standard wood, an other legume, first cousin of Rosewood and Koa, along with so many others. This wood is harder than Indian Rosewood, less oily, with a much tighter grain, bringing out a wonderful complex bass response without the boominess. Note: this wood may also go by the common names, Brazilwood, Pau-Brasil, and the sometimes erroneously as Bolivian Rosewood (which is actually Machaerium scleroxylon).
The inlays include a Gold Mother of Pearl fair girl and butterfly on the head stock, Abalone butterflies on the fret board, Abalone dots in the Ebony bridge pins and strap button, and White Mother of Pearl purfling around the top, the rosette, and back center strip.