luthier guitar builder Natural Bone Saddle

We already that saddle and nut made of bone are superior to those made of plastic. We are delighted to having found a supplier of natural bone nut and saddle blanks. Not only does the omission of the treatment with hydrogen peroxide obviate an environmentally damaging component, but leaves a higher fat content and therefore ...continue reading "Nut and Bridge of Unbleached Bone"

Steel String Guitar IQ with proCut Cutaway

The idea behind the proCut is to simply lower the cutaway a little more. This requires some consideration in order to achieve a useful result. First of all, the steel string- or nylon string guitar, which is to be provided with a proCut, has to have a spanish heel.

spanish constructed heel

The Spanish heel neck joint is considered the most highly developed neck joint in guitar construction. It is significantly more complex than a glued neck, but the sonic benefits are worth the effort.
When building a guitar with a Spanish neck, neck and headblock are carved from one piece of wood.

certificate of origin

The wood species mentioned above are referring to the Sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties as of 12 June 2013 recorded in Appendix II of CITES. Unlike Brazilian Rosewood, which is listed in Appendix I, the provisions in Appendix II are not quite as strict. For example, the woods may be imported or ...continue reading "Restricted Wood Species – Granadillo, Honduras and Madagascar Rosewood, Madagascar Ebony, Thai Rosewood and Cocobolo"

Brazilian Rosewood CITES

Brazilian Rosewood since 1992 is subject to strict import regulations according to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Washington Convention). In the EU, this Convention shall be implemented by an EU-wide regulation ( EC Regulation 338/97). In guitar maker and player circles this regulation was for 20 ...continue reading "Certified Brazilian Rosewood"