2009 – Spalted Maple / Sitka Phi

This guitar and the walnut guitar were the second generation models of the phi proportioned body style, constructed in 2009. This guitar has a spalted hard maple back and sides and is becoming a favorite. The inside of the spalted maple was sealed with a thin coat of epoxy to stabilize the spalting. The soundhole rosette is also spalted maple.

These pictures show the double X bracing pattern. The lower X pair are bridged to avoid over-stiffening the lower bout. This bracing has allowed me to finally achieve the top tuning and Chladni pattern results that I couldn’t achieve with traditional bracing.

Curly koa binding, Amazon rosewood fingerboard, Brazilian rosewood headplate and bridge, and KTM-9 finish.