Honduran Rosewood Tenor

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Honduran Rosewood Tenor

Post by Allen » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:09 pm

I've been wanting to do something like this for several years and finally got the opportunity over the last several weeks. And the real sweetener was that every single component went together like it was wanting to be an instrument.

The Honduran Rosewood is from some very old stock I've stashed away for special projects. Adirondack Spruce soundboard and curly Australian Blackwood bindings.

The fret board has a 12"-16" compound radius in streaky ebony. Head plate veneers and bridge are cut from the same board.

Inlay is faux ivory with scrimshaw details. Gotoh UPT 4:1 planetary tuners. Strings are Thomastick Infeld and Saverez Alliance. Finished in high gloss polyurethane.
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Re: Honduran Rosewood Tenor

Post by GregL » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:49 pm

Hi Allen,
My goodness! That's gorgeous... again!
Very nice, and nice wood combo too!
How did you do the scrimshaw? Awl? Any other tools?
Thanks,
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Re: Honduran Rosewood Tenor

Post by Mark McLean » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:42 pm

Lovely detailing Allen. As you get the machines to do great precision crafting I can see that you still keep the human element at the forefront in design and aesthetics and detailing. This is modern luthiery exemplified. Jealous of your skills and tooling!

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Re: Honduran Rosewood Tenor

Post by kpcart » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:31 pm

I like it all, except the chose of savarez Allianz for strings, but hey strings can be replaced. Great work!

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Re: Honduran Rosewood Tenor

Post by Allen » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:51 am

GregL wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:49 pm
Hi Allen,
My goodness! That's gorgeous... again!
Very nice, and nice wood combo too!
How did you do the scrimshaw? Awl? Any other tools?
Thanks,
GregL.
It's the Coulter precision scrimshaw tool. It's the Rolls Royce version of a awl. That and an Opti Visor and very good lighting. Color fill is artists acrylic paint.
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Re: Honduran Rosewood Tenor

Post by asgilbert » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:48 pm

Wow what a great piece of work. When I grow up I want to be able to do that!!

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