Madagascar Rosewood / Cedar Guitar

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Project by Philip posted 10-27-2010 05:12 PM 4068 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 10-27-2010 05:27 PM

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

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

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#2 posted 10-27-2010 06:32 PM

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 10-27-2010 06:43 PM

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 10-27-2010 07:19 PM

amazing work, a real beauty

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 10-27-2010 07:42 PM

WOW!!! Beautiful! Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 10-27-2010 08:47 PM

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 10-27-2010 11:38 PM

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 10-27-2010 11:41 PM

Impressive . beautiful

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 10-27-2010 11:56 PM

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 10-28-2010 04:04 AM

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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#11 posted 10-28-2010 03:51 PM

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

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 10-28-2010 08:11 PM


-- 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 01-18-2011 07:39 PM

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 03-07-2011 10:43 PM


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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