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A Mile Stone and Sapele Guitar Bindings

The purfling consists of simple rosewood fillets...

Luca Waldner, describing a guitar made by Antonio Torres

On July 4, 2015, my blog received its 250,001 hit!

Thank you to all of you who visit or have visited my blog!

I am very grateful for that!

Also on the 4th, other than being the 17th anniversary of me marrying my beautiful wife, I had some time to start glueing the black/purflings to the sapele binding that will go the latest guitar.

This is a western red cedar/Indian rosewood guitar that I am constructing for the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America Convention that will be held in Denver, Colorado. I have posted about this guitar elsewhere in my blog.

I bought a sapele back and side set from LMII about fifteen years ago to make a guitar, but never got around to making it because I never really like any wood that looks like mahogany. I don't get a kick from mahogany.

I had wanted to make a soprano ukulele from this sapele set, I got the top and back cut out, but lost interest. Then this guitar came along and screamed that it needed a sapele insert in its back and I obliged.

Now, most of that sapele set is gone and I can move on to other more gorgeous and exciting wood.


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