Description: Acoustic Guitar - 07 Jason Wolverton Classical Guitar "Papillon"
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"Papillon" Just completed!
•15+ year old, master quality redwood soundboard.
•Highly figured Madagascar rosewood back and sides.
•650mm scale/53mm nut.
•Double laminated Madagascar rosewood headstock with "V" joint.
•Romanillos construction with modified bracing fabrication.
•Spanish cedar neck with rock maple reinforcement (hidden.)
•Brazilian rosewood 18 hole bridge with herringbone tieblock decoration.
•Cocobolo binding with half herringbone purfling around the top.
•Premiume Alessi tuners plated in white gold, with ebony buttons/black rollers.
•All handmade marquetry of natural, undyed woods.
•TKL professional series tweed case.
For sometime I've been wanting to build a guitar with a redwood soundboard. Perhaps it's because I'm a Californian and I always loved hiking through the giant forests. It is a sin to use these fine trees for lumber. But for a guitar? I will kneel before mother nature and ask forgiveness for my transgressions. After all, it's for music. The sins of the luthier will not be in vain.
Papillon features a 15-20 year old redwood soundboard that was originally in the Oribe shop. I found it while rummaging through luthier Kirk Sand's wood stash. He said he acquired it at least 15 years ago from Oribe. He had forgetton that he even had it. I begged, pleaded, and finally offered him cold, hard cash for this top and one other like it. A rare find indeed. I began building this guitar as soon as I got back to my studio.
In size and shape this guitar is based on my studies with Jose Romanillos. The use of redwood however is a major departure from the master's work. Also, the bracing, which is based on a Romanillos, has been modified. It is still a seven fan design with three open harmonic bars, but each brace has been made significantly thinner and slightly taller. Most notably, each brace and harmonic bar has a walnut stringer. These laminations add stiffness, but little weight. The sound results are dramatic; firm, round trebles and snappy, yet deep resonant basses.
The amazing Madagascar rosewood compliments the top well visually and aurally. It's an absolutely beautiful set. It's always a pleasure to re-saw wood. You never know what you're going to get. This board ,frankly, looked kind of plain and I was going to use it for sides. When I opened it up I was astounded. It was a must to pair it up with the rich amber redwood soundboard that I had just acquired.
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