cocobolo rosewood with ebony binding

CUSTOM OPTIONS

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SOUNDBOARD OPTIONS

There are several alternatives to my standard soundboard materials. Each will impart a unique influence on the tone color or appearance of the final result.

  • German spruce with bearclaw figure
  • Sitka spruce with bearclaw figure
  • Engleman spruce
  • Port Orford cedar

BACK AND SIDES OPTIONS*

The various weight, stiffness, and resonance characteristics of alternative back and sides material will influence the tonality and dynamic response of the instrument.

  • African blackwood
  • Amazon rosewood
  • Brazilian rosewood**
  • Bolivian rosewood
  • cocobolo rosewood
  • granadillo
  • Honduran rosewood
  • macassar ebony
  • maple
  • South East Asian rosewood
  • ziricote

NECK OPTIONS

The type of material used for the neck will influence the weight balance, tone, and appearance of the instrument. I offer mahogany as an alternative to Spanish cedar, and special figured woods are sometimes available. Please inquire.

BINDING AND HEADSTOCK INLAY

  • ebony
  • snakewood
  • Honduran rosewood
  • bubinga
  • figured maple
  • other materials available by request, and subject to availability

OTHER OPTIONS

  • 640, 650, or 660mm scale length
  • 30" fingerboard radius
  • Graf tuners

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*I am committed to sourcing material from suppliers who demonstrate legal import practices. If you request a material that is not mentioned here, I will consider using it only if it can be obtained from a reliable supplier who demonstrates compliance with laws designed to protect threatened species.

**Due to CITES restrictions, Brazilian rosewood is only available to customers within the United States. I have an extremely limited supply of aproximately 100 year old reclaimed material, and will not source additional Brazilian rosewood when my stock is depleted.

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Graf tuners

A slight 30" fingerboard radius eases the playing action for the left hand, especially when barring chords, while also making it easier for the right hand to navigate between the strings.

A bass-side sound port enhances the sound (especially the bass and low-mid response) for the player, while not affecting the projection in front of the instrument.

African blackwood and German spruce with snakewood binding

cocobolo rosewood with ebony binding

Honduran rosewood and German spruce with ebony binding

macassar ebony with bubinga binding

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2016 Cocobolo rosewood and cedar composite double-top with ebony binding. Radiused fingerboard with 20th fret fingerboard extension. Graf tuners with hand-engraved bronze plates and ebony buttons.

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2015 Macassar ebony and German spruce traditional solid-top with bubinga binding and headstock inlay. Graf tuners with sterling silver plates and mother of pearl buttons.

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2014 cocobolo rosewood and bearclaw German spruce traditional solid-top with ebony binding. Headstock inlay, and purfling lines made from bloodwood and holly. Radiused fingerboard. Graf Tuners in 24 karat gold plate over sterling silver with Torres leaf insert and mother of pearl buttons.

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2015 cocobolo rosewood and Sitka spruce composite double-top with bearclaw figure and ebony binding. Radiused fingerboard, sound port, and 20th fret fingerboard extension. Graf tuners with hand-engraved bronze plates and ebony buttons.

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2016 Bolivian rosewood and cedar composite double-top with ebony binding. Radiused fingerboard, sound port, and 20th fret fingerboard extension.

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2015 Honduran rosewood and German spruce traditional solid-top with ebony binding. Radiused fingerboard. Bronze Graf tuners with mother of pearl buttons.

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"The sound is huge and very pleasing. The visual aesthetics are impeccable, the action ...superb. The whole process has been very satisfying and impressive. Your product confirms your diligence and extreme attention to detail."

- Jay

Indianapolis, Indiana

2012 Honduran rosewood and cedar composite double-top with Graf tuners.

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"I was involved in every step of the build and was updated on a regular basis as he progressed. When finished, the guitar exceeded all my expectations, and I feel privileged to own such an instrument. The sound is extraordinary! It is loud, has a very smooth and balanced tone...it's deep and bold with a pleasant sparkle of clarity on top. The Latin meaning of 'Oria' is golden, and that is exactly what it is."

- Grant

Brisbane, Australia

2013 "Oria"- African blackwood and bearclaw German spruce traditional solid-top with Graf tuners.

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"During our collaboration, David was attentive to the tonal nuances I was seeking as well as the ergonomics to accommodate my large hands and playing technique. The custom fingerboard width, radius, and string spacing made a HUGE difference in my playing and enjoyment. It's beautiful sounding, easy to play, and visually stunning."

- Phillip

Easton, Maryland

2015 "Coco" - Cocobolo rosewood and cedar composite double-top with Graf tuners.

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"With trebles that are exquisitely clear and full, and basses that are deeply resonant, the resulting overall balance is perfect, and the sustain ...incredible. Selecting the materials and discussing the specifications for my dream guitar was an experience that I will always treasure!"

- Kim

Towson, Maryland

2014 Cocobolo rosewood and bearclaw German spruce traditional solid-top with Graf tuners.

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"I never imagined a guitar could sound like this. "

- Maureen

Tokyo, Japan

2016 Bolivian rosewood and cedar composite double-top.

 

Torres leaf insert with sterling silver plates and ebony buttons.

Graf Tuners

Graf tuners are not only fine works of art, but extremely close tolerances achieved by their design and engineering result in unparalleled mechanical performance. This is becoming increasingly important to the modern performer who is often tasked with intermittent alternate tuning, or for those seeking to increase speed and confidence in tuning.

There are several material and design options available. Go to www.graftuners.com for more information.

Landstorfer Fishscale with mother of pearl buttons.

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