||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.