2003 spruce/Madagascar rosewood classical 

2003 spruce/Madagascar

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This guitar was custom ordered with Madagascar rosewood back and sides and a spruce top from the Swiss Alps with lovely "hazelfichte" figure. (Scroll down to see more photos.) It is outfitted with Rodgers tuning machines with sterling silver plates of my design and ebony grips to match the ebony binding. 

The rosette is my handmade marquetry crown pattern, bordered with brown, white, and green wheat purfling, which also appears on the ebony headplate and the butt joint. The heel cap is decorated with my Moorish arch design, and the bridge is Brazilian rosewood with a fossil walrus ivory tie block. The core of the walrus tusk exhibits a mottled translucent pattern called "tapioca", and I cut the ivory on a diamond saw to highlight this.

Top closeup

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The scale is 650 mm, with my standard 12-hole bridge, 20th fret at the first string, and 14-karat gold 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.


This is a very responsive concert guitar with clear trebles and rich, dark, sonorous harmonic overtones. I was very happy with both the range of color and the dynamic possibilities. My client had requested a "dark, Spanish sound," so I made some design changes to accentuate these characteristics, and he was very pleased.


More photos

Tie block and saddle Rosette closeup

Tie block & compensated saddle

Crown rosette

Back with Moorish arch heel cap Four-piece back Purfling detail Custom Rodgers tuners

Neck joint & Moorish arch
heel cap

Four-piece back

Wheat purfling detail

Rodgers tuners


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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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