Brasil

Some information about my latest guitar. The name “Brasil” is derived from the tonewood I chose for this unique model.

It features an extremely nice, unique and very rare (these days) brazilian rosewood back and sides. To give this guitare the absolute best ingredients for a perfect sound I decided to use one of the best mastergrade bachmann European spruce tops I had available.

The wood as it looked right after purchase. As you can notice this is a very exclusive set of extremely figured BRW. The first picture shows the sides and the following picture shows the bookmatched back.

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The 2 dark spots are areas that I gave a quick wash coat of shellac to get an idea of what the color of the finished “instrument” would actually look like.

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The following picture was taken after the back was joined and thinned to about final thickness.

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And this is one of the sides after thinned to about 1.8 mm.

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Finally a picture that show the same wood after pore-filling and after the first coats of shellac had been applied. You can really see how shellac changes the appearance and how it emphasizes the natural color of the wood

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This Guitar features à asynchronous bracing derived from the Fleta design.

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I opted for a maple neck on this guitar for 2 reasons. The stiffness of the maple will hopefully support the harmonics developments in the high register, and the maple color was a better “fit” to the whitish sapwood of the BRW. All in all the end result looks very harmonious.

 

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A couple of pictures showing the finished guitar. The frensh polishing procedure alone takes about 2 weeks.

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The guitar was completed end of November and is completely finished in shellac (frensh polished).  She’s been drying for a good 3 weeks now.

From start to finish this particulr guitar took about 135 hours to complete from start to finish.

Last weekend was the time to string her up for the first time. Given that she is completely new, her voice will mature over the next weeks / months. This process will continue over a couple of years on a spruce-top guitar, but is really noticable over the first 2 to 3 months when everything settles-in.

For those interested here a frequency analysis of the guitar:

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Model Brasil is born…  a short story about its creation:


This is what she sounds like: