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Rosette 2

This rosette is all made of wood: Basically, it has 8 pieces of rosewood, separated by small dividing pieces made of Portuguese Pinewood and African Mahogany (sapele). The circles surrounding it are also made of Pinewood and Sapele. The two briges are separed by 1/4 of the string lenght, so, the second section of the strings is also playable. Besides, that enhances volume and tone.

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Comment by Luis Motta da Silva on July 17, 2011 at 2:38pm

Funny thing, we're both Portuguese, we live in the same town, and we're communicating in English through an American-based social net...

Bone is not an homogeneous material. Ivory is better, but impossible to find. Micarta could be an alternative but, to the moment, I haven't tryed it yet. Rosewood is a classic: Archtop guitars have rosewood bridges, Selmer guitars too. Pre-Torres classic guitars also featured rosewood bridges, and many traditional  Portuguese instruments also have rosewood bridges. So, I decided to try it... I like the result, I don't claim rosewood bridges are better, but I don't think they're worse. Maybe - just maybe - the fact that rosewood is lighter than bone is an advantage. Besides all that, working  wood is always more pleasant than working bone: you file rosewood, it smells like cinnamon; you file bone, it smells like burned bone. Now, it may take me several hours of work to make a decent  bridge - better work on rosewood...

Comment by Toze Cerdeira on July 17, 2011 at 5:40am

Thanks for reply, do you notice any "notice" change in sound

when modding the tradicional  "bone" bridge to "Rosewood"?

Comment by Luis Motta da Silva on July 17, 2011 at 4:18am

Fingerboard and both bridges are made of  Chinese hardwood, similar to Rosewood. In other guitars, I've used Indiand Rosewood.

I believe that the second bridge enhances volume and tone, but it's an arguable opinion...

Comment by Toze Cerdeira on July 16, 2011 at 4:32pm

Dear friend I'm very curious about this guitar:

-Wath is the material of the bridge?

-The second small bridge under the string "does" really work?

 

Thanks

Toze

 

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