2006 classical: Italian spruce/Madagascar rosewood
Currently offered for sale at The Guitar Salon            Scroll down for photos 

This special instrument was built for the 2006 Guitar Foundation of America convention in Georgia. Its rare, highly figured "hazelfichte" spruce soundboard from Italy's Val di Fiemme is paired with a double back--a sandwich of Madagascar rosewood and a cedar soundboard. The spruce top, with the added influence of the cedar, results in an amazing sound. This instrument has the clear, bell-like tones and quick, even response characteristic of spruce, and the cedar adds a warm, round, liquid, almost dark "bloom" to the notes.

The guitar has the fan bracing pattern I've fallen in love with over the past year; traditional, supple fans with the addition of two lattice braces of stiff spruce from an old Steinway piano. I've modified this fan bracing pattern to perform well with medium tension strings. It has incredible reserves of volume. Even with a medium low action, it can be pushed very hard without the sound "breaking up." At the same time, pianissimo passages and harmonics seem to jump from the guitar. The palette of tonal color available appears inexhaustible, probably the single attribute I'm most pleased with. This is a very responsive, balanced instrument with a refined, noble sound.

The Rodgers tuning machines have genuine black mother of pearl grips and my proprietary plate design. The scale is 650 mm, and the action has an easy feel. The nut is 52.5 mm with a 43-mm string spacing, and the fretboard has an additional 20th fret with sterling silver dots at the 7th and 17th frets. The guitar is entirely French polished.

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Italian spruce top with hazelfichte figure

Rosette detail;  the cedar/rosewood back is
 visible through the soundhole


Bridge & tie block

Neck & heel, Moorish arch heel cap

Madagascar rosewood back

Detail of bottom showing sides,
purfling & binding
Rosewood headplate with wheat purfling; quilted mahogany back;
Rodgers tuning machines with black pearl grips


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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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