The materials I purchase for building guitars are almost invariably First or Premium Grade. Most are purchased from recognized guitar building materials suppliers and are properly dried and aged when I receive them. They are seasoned further in my shop and have achieved their equilibrium before I begin to work with them.
Below is a list of my standard materials. I'm a great believer in experimenting with alternative woods, especially for backs and sides. Like Antonio de Torres, I believe that the materials used for backs and sides have little, if any, influence on the quality of a guitar's ultimate sound. Unlike Torres, I've never built a guitar with papier mache backs and sides to prove this. He has already done that and it's good enough for me. Further materials alternatives can be discussed by contacting me.
My standard guitars include:
-Tops from Englemann Spruce, Lutz Spruce, Sitka Spruce or Cedar
-Backs & sides from Indian Rosewood, Pau Ferro, Walnut, Bubinga or Palo Escrito.
-Necks from Spanish Cedar or Mahogany
-Fingerboards from Macassar or Black African Ebony
-Bridges from Indian or Brazilian Rosewood
-My own hand crafted rosettes or very high quality pre-made rosettes from Tula, Russia
-Bone Nuts & Saddles
-Gotoh Premium tuners
- 650 mm scale length
Options (at an additional cost and subject to availability):
- 665mm or 635mm scale lengths
- 7 String configuration
- Euro Spruce or Italian Alpine spruce tops
- Upgraded Backs & Sides eg: Brazilian Rosewood*, Cocobolo, Ziricote, Macassar Ebony, California Walnut & others
* Brazillian Rosewood is very expensive and not readily available. If it can be found, the additional cost can be as high as US$ 3,000.
** Graf tuners are hand made by Jorg Graf in Canada. Their features include roller bearings for smoother, more accurate turning along with an additional self aligning feature that may accommodate slight inaccuracies in the peg head holes. They are very refined in their appearance and finish.The additional cost is approximately CDN $500 or US$450. They are beautifully made with a high level of functionality. For more details go to www.graftuners.com