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Guitar #027 

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.


Top Triple A grade solid Sitka top
Rosette White Mother of Pearl with black pin line edges and two black bands
Bracing Sitka Spruce
Back and sides Quilted Solid Pau Ferro
Backstrip White Mother of Pearl with back pin lines
Body Binding Maple with a black pin line
Purfling Black/Maple/Black pin lines - Mother of Pearl - Black/Maple/Black pin lines
End graft Book matched Flame Maple
Heal and Tail Blocks African Mahogany
Kerfed Lining African Mahogany
Neck One peace African Mahogany
Head Cap Pau Ferro 
Head Inlay Gold Mother of Pearl fair girl and butterfly
Neck heal cap Flame Maple
Truss Rod Twin rod two-way adjustable at head
Fret Board Gibbon Ebony
Position Marks Abalone Butterflies
Fret Board Binding Maple with a black pin line
Bridge Gibbon Ebony
Bridge pins Ebony with an Abalone dot
Bridge Saddle Intonated bone
Nut Bone  (fender style)
End pin Ebony with an Abalone dot
Tuners Gold Grover Rotomatic Guitar Machines
Finish   French Polished Shellac