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Brazilian Rosewood has been the traditional wood-of-choice for the finest musical instruments in the world for hundreds of years. I was recently able to acquire some of this now rare stock, and set out to build an instrument which, even though built with modern methods, would honor its past. 

This is my one hundredth instrument. It is a copy of a 1928 Martin 12-fret, size OOO which came in for restoration a couple of years ago. During restoration, I was able to "candle" the exact bracing pattern and brace sizes. 

Every detail was copied to the Nth degree, with the exception of changing the nut width to 1-3/4 inches, for better playability.

The fingerboard and classic pyramid bridge are made of ebony. The nut and saddle are fossilized ivory

This photo illustrates the beautiful "spiderwebbing" and sapwood  that makes Brazilian so desirable when bookmatched.

The select green abalone which borders the soundhole, and the spectacular iridescent Adirondack spruce top, add a bit of sparkle to this guitar. Adirondack spruce was used exclusively on pre-war Martins, until scarcity forced the selection of other woods.

Here's another view of the beautiful grain pattern, and the flame maple body binding. Neck carving detail can also be seen.

This rear headstock shot shows the select Honduras mahogany neckwood, and the complex carving of the Martin "A" volute.

Also shown are the new Waverly precision strap tuners, for accurate tuning capability.

Here is a detail of the green abalone inlaid rosette, and Adirondack spruce top.

Specifications (in inches)

Scale length

25.4

Width of lower bout

15

Width of upper bout

10-3/4

Body length

20-7/16

Depth at butt end

4-1/16

Depth at neck

3-1/4

Overall length

39-7/16

Nut width

1-3/4

String spacing at bridge

2-3/16
 

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