2007 classical: Italian spruce/Brazilian rosewood
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Old quartersawn Brazilian rosewood and old straight-grain spruce from Italy's Val di Fiemme results in a powerful instrument with a beautiful refined sound. Believe what you've heard about Brazilian--it does impart a magical quality to the tone, with concert-hall volume and a large palette of tonal colors.

The guitar has the fan bracing pattern I've fallen in love with over the past two years; 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 and high tension strings.

The Rodgers tuning machines have genuine white mother of pearl grips and my proprietary plate design. The scale is 650 mm, and the action has an easy feel. The fretboard has an additional 20th fret with sterling silver dots at the 7th and 17th frets. The guitar is entirely French polished. Bindings are ebony, and, as always, the rosette is handmade and one-of-a-kind. 

Brazilian rosewood back

Spruce top & rosette


Moorish arch heel cap, Brazilian rosewood back

Detail of bottom showing sides,
purfling & ebony binding

Back lower bout, Brazilian grain detail


Bookmatched rosewood headplate with wheat purfling; quilted mahogany back;
Rodgers tuning machines with white 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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