2002 cedar/Madagascar rosewood classical 

2002 cedar/Madagascar

This guitar has a beautiful cedar soundboard  with a small amount of "hazelfichte" figure, which is incredibly rare in cedar. The four-piece back and sides are Madagascar rosewood. Madagascar is increasingly being used as a substitute for Brazilian rosewood, for its tone as well as its beauty. The guitar has my handmade crown  rosette bordered with brown, white and green wheat purfling, which is also used on the headstock and at the butt joint. The elegantly simple ebony bindings, back strip and heel cap really set off the beautiful, complex grain of the rosewood back.  The bridge is Brazilian rosewood, with a tie block cover of gorgeous fossil walrus ivory. (Scroll down to see more photos.)

The scale is 650 mm, with my standard 12-hole bridge, 20th fret at the first string, and sterling silver position markers on the side of the fingerboard at the seventh and seventeenth frets. As on all my instruments, both nut and saddle are compensated at each string to improve intonation, using Greg Byers' method. Tuning machines are Sloanes with gold plating and ebony grips. The guitar has a beautiful traditional French polish finish.

2002 cedar/Madagascar: neck and heel

Sound

This is a powerful concert guitar with warm, sonorous basses and rich, singing trebles--a classic cedar sound. It's very responsive, and has a clear voice whether played pianissimo or forte. As a client said about a recent Madagascar/cedar instrument very similar to this one, "it has fire, sweetness, and crackle, and the sound leaps out of the instrument."

 

 

 

 

2002 cedar/Madagascar: back 2002 cedar/Madagascar: rosette 2002 cedar/Madagascar: headstock
Back Crown rosette Headstock with wheat purfling

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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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