2005 spruce/Indian rosewood classical

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rosette closeup

German spruce top, handmade rosette with spiral ribbon

This guitar's top is German spruce cut 17 years ago from the famed Schwarzwald (Black Forest). It is straight-grained, 11-16 grain lines to the inch, and has amazing cross-grain "silk" (impossible to photograph), no hazelfichte figure. Back and sides are very dark 26-year-old Indian rosewood. The bindings are curly black walnut. Rosette and purflings are handmade by me entirely from the side-grain edges of various veneers, and include a new design that I call "spiral ribbon." Finish is high gloss French polish throughout. Scale length is 650 mm, nut width 53 mm. Nut and saddle are compensated for each string individually. The guitar is set up with a medium action. Tuning machines are bronze Sloanes with black real mother-of-pearl buttons.

The sound of this instrument is complex. It is one of the loudest guitars I've built, with instant response to the touch. It has a slightly shallower body than I usually build, dimensioned like a Hauser or Romanillos, resulting in very focused lyrical trebles with sweet harmonic overtones. Basses are deep, almost aggressive. The sustain is impressive, and there is a great range of color and dynamic response. 

Back and heel

heel closeup

Indian rosewood back/sides with curly walnut binding, spiral ribbon purfling


Ebony headstock with wheat purfling, Sloane tuners with
 black mother-of-pearl buttons

bridge and tie block

Madagascar rosewood bridge with fossil walrus ivory tie block cover

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Eric Monrad, Luthier
Email: monradguitars@gmailcom 
7566 Eastside Road, Healdsburg, California 95448 
telephone (707) 838-7823

Last updated June 24, 2012
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