Recently finished and shipped out this CITES-free (appendix II) guitar. No import or export permit needing and no problems.
I’m very happy with how this one turned out. A lot of custom work and communication with the customer. It was a great experience that resulted and wonderful guitar. Here’s a little “review” from the client:
“…I’d say you build a very “musical” instrument, my friend, with a lyrical and articulate Old World voice, one that somehow manages to combine the clarity and precision of a Northern European guitar with the heart-grabbing “soul” of a Spanish one. It’s suitable for any type of music — contrapuntal, romantic, modern — and is just what I was looking for! The sound is bold and highly nuanced, with excellent clarity, balance and sustain. Even above the 12th fret, the trebles ring out evenly and with a very long decay. The notes carry weight, both individually and together, and there are no weak ones anywhere on the fingerboard that I can find. Trebles are bright, solid, and lively up the neck and don’t distort when played forte; mids are full and loaded with character; basses are deep and clear without any trace of muddiness. The whole package responds beautifully to vibrato everywhere. Overall, I think the sound is highly malleable, responding well to changes in right-hand attack and offering a color palette wide enough to satisfy any discriminating player. For a “traditional” guitar it has plenty of power, enough to fill a hall with clear. penetrating sound, making it a fine choice for the sort of recitalist who values color and beauty of tone above sheer volume. It’s a real winner, Michael, and I’m in love all over again!”
European spruce top
Ziricote back and sides
Spanish cedar neck with elevated fingerboard
Padouk bridge with 12 hole tie block and brass inserts
Scheller tuning machines