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A new guitar means a new decision about what rosette it should have. I’ve written about my views on rosettes before, so I’ll just say that my preference is for designs that are bold and simple over those that tend towards the ornate and finicky. This instrument is going to have a top of European spruce, which is very pale, and the spalted apple wood that I used for the red cedar top of the last guitar won’t provide enough of a colour contrast.

Rick Micheletti, a guitar maker in Mendocino, California, has invented a strikingly attractive and imaginative design for the rosettes that he inlays into the tops of his steel string guitars, as you can see from the pictures below:

MIcheletti rosette

What’s more, he provides a step-by-step guide how to do it. I shan’t copy his design, but his generosity in sharing his technique has stimulated me to start thinking outside the concentric circles of conventional rosettes.

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