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Cocobolo Grand A! with an Adirondack
Red Spruce Top - Paula S.
This is another fine set of Cocobolo
Rosewood
from the Pacific coast of South
America, sometimes as far North as Mexico.  
Dalbergia Retusa is a very close relative of
Brazilian Rosewood and is
striking in it's
beauty
and is an excellent choice in tone
wood.   Here you see me
shaping the back
braces
with a very sharp chisel.
The body is ready for the spruce top to be installed.  Notice the dot on the back graft, it's actually a
tapered hole.  That is a
signature design element of my guitars.  I put it on my very first guitar in
1999 to show that marquetry is not a decal, but solid wood design.  I even do it now when the guitar
has no marquetry, a small trademark.   Each
backstrip is made up of hundreds of small wood
pieces
.  This guitar has the Zig-Zag often seen on HD-28's, one of Martin's models.
The rosette on this guitar follows Martin tradition and is the D28 version, and quite handsome on this
colorful
Adirondack Spruce top.  This top will make a fine addition to the guitar coupled with the
cocobolo back and sides.  It's matching red spruce
braces are scalloped, as they were made famous
in the pre-war tradition.  The view through the sound hole, Arkansas, more specifically Russellville,
my
birthplace
back in '52.
The bracing pattern is drawn precisely on the
inside of the guitar top.  
Braces are carefully
shaped
and glued.  Careful attention is given
removing excess glue squeeze out.  You actually
want squeeze out, because it indicates the joint
is not starved.  
Pressure during gluing is
important too, you want glue to remain in the joint
and make it strong.
Left, closing the lid on this Grand A!  Cocobolo is incredibly beautiful, kind of a shame to have to
cover half of it up by gluing on the top.  Wouldn't be much of a guitar without a top though.

Right, here the trusty gobar deck gets a little use giving even but stiff clamping pressure all
around the top.  The Adirondack spruce tops on my guitars come from a woodcutter I met in Missouri
who has a habit of trapsing the NE United States
in search of instrument grade red spruce.  
This is one of his tops.  The last one was pronounced a cannon.  That would be a little more
powerful than an axe wouldn't it?  No telling what it'll do with the cocobolo, oh my.
Cocobolo Rosewood, Dalbergia Retusa, has some of the most beatiful color and tremendous
tone of any wood used for acoustic instruments.  
Adirondack Spruce, Picea Rubens, one of
the most highly sought and revered top woods, from the USA Appalachian Mountains.
D28 Rosette is inlaid for a
decorative touch on this
Adirondack and Cocobolo
OSJ!
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