Construction Has Commenced!

12/2 – 6:12pm – Mark Routen’s Woodshop

Construction on Dan’s guitar has begun!  The back and sides are going to be made of beautiful Ziricote pictured below, with an aged master grade Red Cedar top and a Honduran Mahogany neck. Dan has elected to have a Concert body shape with a soft cutaway and the neck will join the body at the 12th fret. This will result in a shorter 24.9″ scale. The nut width will be 1-3/4″ for comfortable fingerstyle playing action and the string spread at the saddle will be 2-1/4″. The Gaboon Ebony fingerboard will have no inlay and I will make a custom all-wood rosette. The headstock will be slotted with Waverly tuners. The finish will be a water-based lacquer for the top, back and sides, and a hand-rubbed oil varnish neck.

The preliminary preparations have begun: this is my 19 th guitar build but the first with a 12th fret body join and slotted headstock and cutaway. I created  full-scale schematic drawings of the body shape, bracing patterns and neck template.

Red Cedar top, Ziricote back, mahogany neck.

Red Cedar top, Ziricote back, mahogany neck.


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  • B

    That ziricote is beautiful! Looking forward to following the progress of your guitar construction. (I love Katie Weilbacher’s photo at the top of your home page, too.)