According to the Art & Lutherie website:
"A&L acoustic guitars also feature the attractive esthetic of the Arched rosette on dreadnought and folk sized models. This Arched or Dome rosette promotes added strength and stability to the area around the sound hole. Other features include double function truss rods, high-ratio tuners and rosewood fingerboards and bridges, with Tusq nuts and fully compensated saddles by Graphtech."
The AMI supposedly has a "stick-on" rosette - I guess like a Colorform (remember those?) - the ones on the Folk and Dreadnought models don't look like they can peel off - does anyone know if the "arched rosette" peels off, or goes down into the top?
I'm going to try to check out the Artists in the "sleeping clerk" store tomorrow - they also had a few Entourages and a Maritime SWS SG when I was last there - I'll check it out, and let you know...
First thing I did with my AMI was peel off that rubber rosette, ghastly! :)
Yes ,peeled right off and ya can't tell it ever had one. I just used my finger nail and worked at the edge till I got it lifted and was not problem.
I just bought an Entourage Rustic Mini Jumbo in November. It did not have the ugly raised rubber rosette, which I hate.
I had a blue A&L Ami cedar with a beautiful laser cut rosette (from before they switched to the rubber.) I so wish I had never sold that one.