2002 – Rachel’s Koa / Sitka OM

Rachel’s guitar was presented as a gift in celebration of her graduation Cum Laude from Butler University in 2002. (Rachel went on to earn her Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University.)For Rachel’s guitar I purchased unbent sides which required that I construct a side bending fixture. I also added a fixed form to hold the side shape while the soundboard and back were glued to the sides.

Rachel found that the 1 13/16” fingerboard was too wide for her hand so I reshaped the neck to 1 ¾”. That’s when I observed that the profile and stiffness of the neck has an effect on sound and especially on sustain. Her birthstone is embedded in the bridge.

Curly maple binding, ebony headplate, fingerboard and bridge, and Oxford PSL lacquer.