Guitar No. 31

Date Completed: 
Friday, December 18, 2015



  • Lattice Bracing
  • Honduran Rosewood Back and Sides
  • Western Red Cedar Soundboard
  • African Mahogany Neck
  • 650mm Scale Length
  • 52mm Nut Width
  • Purple Heart and Maple Decor

My goal with this guitar was to utilize some of the techniques of Greg Smallman to control vibration while avoiding the often nasal qualities those guitars possess. In addition, I would like to take a nod to Greg Byer's work on a system to improve intonation. This involves compensation at the nut and bridge. The technique I used for compensation at the nut was inspried by a guitar I recently repaired by Jean Rompre. (Thanks Jean)

Even with normal tension D'addirio I found this guitar exceeded the projection of my older design that was strung with high tension carbon fiber strings. The projection is very masked though. I place this guitar in the category with instruments that deliver their most enticing results to those listening in the audience. Nonetheless, I found this guitar very hard to put down and I am already making changes throughout my process to build a variation of this design throughout 2016.