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Pre-Cites Brazilian Rosewood Classical Guitar

 
   
  Brazilian Rosewood Guitar
   
  Brazilian Rosewood Guitar
   
  Brazilian Rosewood Guitar
   
  Brazilian Rosewood Guitar
   
  Brazilian Rosewood Guitar
   
  Brazilian Rosewood Guitar
   
  Brazilian Rosewood Guitar
   
  Brazilian Rosewood Guitar
The back and sides of this guitar are made of pre-CITES Brazilian Rosewood – wood I bought before Brazilian Rosewood was put on the Endangered Species List.  A copy of my purchase receipt is kept with the guitar, so it is legal for international trade, although I haven’t filed the considerable paperwork needed to get an export license.

This guitar is also what I call “PTE#2 = “Pushing The Envelope #2”, an instrument in which I explored the limits of current lutherie technique.  (PTE#1 is the Malaysian Blackwood guitar in which I explored the use of a thin and narrow fretboard, almost a steel-string neck, with a Classical guitar.)  For this guitar, I thinned the master-grade German Spruce soundboard to the limit of structural integrity.  Since the soundboard uses my proprietary Projection Tuned™ BRACELESS “double soundboard” design licensed from RainSong, the result is a guitar with power and a very bright, balanced tone.  It is an excellent guitar for traditional Spanish playing, and is also a fine Flamenco Negro instrument.

The fretboard is Madagascar Ebony with a 660mm scale length.  The bridge is Brazilian Rosewood and the headplate is Amazon Rosewood, with an inlay of my "JAD" logo done by Bordeaux Inlay & Design. The neck and peghead are Spanish Cedar -- not as thin as a hardwood neck, but thin and flat by classical-guitar standards -- and it is fitted with Gotoh Gold-plated tuning machines with Ivoiroid buttons. The peghead uses my proprietary Rear String Slot design; and the heel has my signature Abalone heelcap. The inside of the soundboard is signed, dated and numbered (#11) by me.  

 


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