We just got some photos from luthier Sebastian Stenzel of the guitar he is currently working on for us. This one will be a cedar-top with ziricote back and sides. Here’s what Sebastian had to say about the photos and the woods:
This particular piece of cedar comes from a tree that died in a fire in the 1930s. The trunk has been standing upright in the forrest until several years ago. It is the best cedar not only that I have worked with, but that I have ever seen. I have – unfortunately – only 10 soundboards from this tree.
- The two halves of the soundboard are prepared to be joined.
- The channel for the rosette is being cut.
- The rosette is inlayed and the outside surface is cleaned.
- When the outside is finished, the soundboard is worked to the right thickness, which varies within a range of a few tenths of a millimeter. At this point many of the properties of the guitar sound are determined.
As always, just click on the photos to see them bigger.
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