After assembling the Alpha guitar, I decided to build a second guitar to present as a gift to my oldest daughter Tara in celebration of her graduation from Ball State University in 2001. I ordered a custom kit from the Martin Guitarmakers Connection based on the Martin 000-28 EC guitar.
The sides were pre-formed, the neck, bridge and braces were pre-shaped, and the fingerboard was slotted. My first finish on this guitar resulted in white specs in the pores so I sanded the entire body and refinished. In hindsight this probably improved the sound of the guitar. I added her birthstone to the headstock as seen in the photo.
Ivoroid binding, rosewood headplate, ebony fingerboard and bridge, and Oxford PSL lacquer finish.