First elevated neck

My first elevated neck guitar!  While it doesn’t seem to make a tremendous difference in playability (at least for my hands/skill) there are several constructive aspects that make me wish I had started doing it sooner.

Red cedar soundboard, lattice braced, muninga bridge
Indian rosewood body and headplate, mahogany binding
Spanish cedar neck with African blackwood fingerboard, Gotoh premium tuners.

Recording is made with just a shellac seal coat on the soundboard, fresh uncured nitro back and sides, carbon strings (fresh as well thus going out of tune)

 

A pair of 8-string guitars

 

A pair of twin 8 string guitars I started late last year but took a long time to finish as I tried to learn how to apply nitrocellulose lacquer.  Besides these I also recently finished another two and now I am confident to offer it as standard finish for the back, sides and neck.  The soundboards will continue to be french polished.

-lattice braced cedar soundboard, Brazilian rosewood bridge.
-intense purple Indian rosewood body and headplate
-Cedro and wenge neck with Amazon rosewood fingerboard.

They are for a very musical (and dear to me) Romanian duo and I hope to post a video as soon as they acquaint themselves with the instruments.

Edit: two live clips fished on YT after the photos.

 

Cedar – Indian rosewood with new bracing

Red cedar soundboard braced in a new pattern that resembles Friederich.
Indian rosewood body, binding, headplate and Brazilian rosewood bridge
Spanish cedar neck with ebony fingerboard.

 

Raw recording made before french polishing. The guitar has a deep bass with focused trebles, a type of cross between a traditional fan sound and Bouchet.

Red cedar / Madagascar rosewood

-red cedar soundboard with modified Bouchet bracing
-Madagascar rosewood bridge, back and sides
-Very old African mahogany neck with African blackwood headplate and fingerboard, Gotoh Premium tuners.

 

 

Raw recordings made before french polishing:

 

 

 

Cedar Rosewood lattice braced

Cedar soundboard, lattice bracing
Indian rosewood body, bridge, binding, back headplate
Ebony headplate and fingerboard, V-joint cedro neck
Scheller tuners.

Soundclip in raw state before french polishing, Savarez strings.

Cedar – “the tree” mahogany with rosewood neck

This is a special guitar which I made for myself. It happened that last year the number of builds caught up with my age – 34.
The (fan-braced) soundboard is the best I have handled so far, rivaling a double top.   According to the seller it came from a reclaimed dead tree from the Vancouver area.
-back, sides, headplate and rosette of highly figured Honduras mahogany,  the famous “the tree” cut in 1965.
-neck and bridge of 60 yo Brazilian rosewood
-fingerboard and back strip of bois-de-rose Madagascar rosewood, Indian rw binding.
-Gilbert tuners

Recently the guitar passed to an incredible guitarist I met, Cristian Gramesc from Salzburg.
Soundclips: pieces by Tedesco, Regondi and Brouwer, Savarez strings.

Cedar / IRW lattice

-red cedar top, lattice bracing, 650mm scale, Madagascar rosewood rosette
-Indian rosewood body with soundport
-Spanish cedar neck with Honduras mahogany head and Macassar ebony fingerboard
-Brazilian rosewood bridge, Indian rw headplate and maple binding.

French polished clips (soundport closed), Savarez carbon strings:




Raw wood clip (soundport closed), Savarez carbon strings:


Cedar / Indian rosewood Lattice braced

-red cedar top, lattice bracing, 650mm scale
-Indian rosewood body
-Spanish cedar neck with African ebony fingerboard
-Madagascar rosewood bridge, Indian rw headplate and binding.

Raw soundclip recorded without varnish, nylon strings:

French polished clip, Savarez carbon strings:


#29-30 completed photos

#29

Red cedar soundboard, Indian rosewood body
Honduras mahogany neck and heel, Spanish cedar headstock
Brazilian rosewood headplate and bridge
Satinwood and maple purfling with Indian rosewood binding
African ebony fingerboard

#30

Austrian spruce soundboard, Indian rosewood body
Spanish cedar neck with Honduras mahogany heel
Brazilian rosewood bridge and Bois de rose headplate
Satinwood and maple purfling with Indian rosewood binding
black Macassar ebony fingerboard

Both fan braced, soundclips without french polish below.

Played by Tudor Niculescu, Savarez Alliance strings.