NEW FIGURED MAHOGANY RHAPSODY
Usually when I build guitars i already have a vision in my head and i set about to create that instrument but once in awhile i like to build organically. i lucked into this unique and gorgeous piece of interestingly figured mahogany. i carved the back and bent the sides. from there i perused my stock of top wood to find something that would be a creamy contrast to the deep color of the body and sides. this european moon spruce really jumped out at me and the bear claw added a bit of dimension and movement. i had been saving this snakewood fingerboard for something special and i really loved how the different shades of brown really tied together all the other brown shades in the instrument. the next big decision was the rosette, i didn't want something standard but i also didn't want to go too flashy so i went with snakewood and bird's eye maple rings with some added mother of pearl intertwining ribbons and super thin abalone rings in between. brazilian rosewood for the bridge was a no brainer, a matching mahogany pickguard shaded just so to compliment the back and sides and to tie it ALL TOGETHER with the lacewood headstock veneer. with all the contrasting features i decided to keep the binding simple and used the same wood as for the back and sides but for just a touch of flair added red and black purflings. the final touch was the fleur de lis hand carved side port and voila a masterpiece was born. the back of this guitar is carved making it a bit of a crossover guitar. it still has the thump and twang of a flat top but the carved back helps boost the midrange and the volume and makes it a perfect choice for fingerstyle or chord MELODY STUFF. The treble rings true, the bass is nice and powerful and the midrange adds a beautiful warmth and balance to the overall sound. as pleasurable to look at as it is to play.