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Thursday, April 28, 2011
I recently finished an Angelina 12 string that I'd been wanting to make for a while. It was inspired by the work of Raphael Ciani and Antonio Cerrito, two of my favorite luthiers of days gone by. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to build it.
The top of the guitar is red spruce. The back and sides are mahogany. The bridge and fingerboard are ebony. The bridge pins are bone with a "French eye", very sharp looking. I had the tuning machines custom made by a machinist in Germany. He did a really wonderful job. They are beautifully handmade. I made the mosaic purfling about a year ago. It's made up of three pieces, a black and white checker, a red/white/green/ black diagonal checker, followed by another black and white checker. The guitar is assembled 100% with hide glue and the finish is a French polished varnish of my own recipe.
It's a joy to look at and to play. With the 26 1/2" scale, tuned down to B, it really puts out a lot of sound.