Madagascar Rosewood / Cedar Guitar

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Project by Philip posted 1405 days ago 3016 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one is a Madagasar Rosewood back and sides, with Western Red Cedar soundboard. Custom inlays include a “magic beans” inlay inside the guitar on the neck block as well as custom rosette of rosewood. This one also has an arm bevel at the top of the larger bout of the guitar for a comfortable armrest.

-- Philip, Minnesota,

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#1 posted 1405 days ago

That’s absolutely gorgeous! I’d love to play it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 1405 days ago

I can’t play a guitar, but I sure know a really nice one when I see it. Absolutely gorgeous is a good description for this one (thanks Charlie).

I have wanted to build one for a long time now. I have watched a lot of videos and even bought Cumpiano’s book on the subject, but the cost of the necessary materials, transport to Norway, customs duties and handling fees just puts the price to high. All that almost doubles the cost you would pay in the States. Do you know any other way I could approach this? I can resaw up to 12”.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 1405 days ago

Love arm bevels as well! You’re awesome. Do you make classicals? Never have seen an arm bevel on a steel-string, but then again I don’t check out steel-string guitars too often.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#4 posted 1405 days ago

amazing work, a real beauty

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 1404 days ago

WOW!!! Beautiful! Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 1404 days ago

Red cedar over rosewood – a perfect fingerstyle guitar. Fantastic. How is the top braced?

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#7 posted 1404 days ago

You build beautiful instruments.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#8 posted 1404 days ago

Impressive . beautiful

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 1404 days ago

thanks guys.

Stefang, you may want to check out a guitar kit. There are quite a few outlets on the web that sell them. Do a search for Luthiers Merchantile, or Guitarmakers Connection (Martin Guitars outlet). Its a great place to start and by the looks of your projects you could certainly handle it.

Gravedigger, the top is a modified Martin style brace pattern with sitka spruce for the braces.


-- Philip, Minnesota,

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#10 posted 1404 days ago

Wow, this is impressive!I have not seen an Arm bevel before. A very nice feature and attractive too!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Thos. Angle

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#11 posted 1404 days ago

Great work. I’ll bet it sounds as good as it looks.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Rob W

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#12 posted 1403 days ago


-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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Jan Hinsch

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#13 posted 1321 days ago

Beautifull work, wish could make one, it must be very gratifying playing a self made guitar.

Thanks for sharing

-- Jan, Argentina

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Patrick Jaromin

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#14 posted 1273 days ago


You do beautiful work!

Last week I decided I wanted to build my own guitar(s) and have since purchased and read the Cumpiano book and watched some Internet videos of the process. You appear to do a few things differently …besides using a mold, from the pics it looks like you attach the back first, stop your back braces short of the linings (instead of notching and adding stops above), and install some vertical supports in the sides.

Would you be willing to share why and/or is this a documented build method that I could check out? Have you ever used the Cumpiano method?

Also—is the neck made from a solid block cut apart and laminated with the decorative strip? Or is it made of multiple laminations?

Thanks again for sharing your work!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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