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Here are a few photographs of a recently completed steel string guitar. It’s based on a Martin ‘OO’ model but I’ve added, although that’s surely the wrong word, a venetian cutaway. The soundboard is Sitka spruce and the back and ribs are English walnut. I used holly for the bindings and tail stripe, and Rio rosewood for the bridge.

My friend, Dave Crispin, came to the workshop to try it out a few days ago and while he was playing I captured a few moments on an Edirol recorder.



  1. Simply lovely! The ebony strip next to the holly sets it off beautifully. Nice bit of work!

      • Christopher Martyn
      • Posted August 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm
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      Thank you very much for your kind comment.

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