A Beautiful Guitar

These are pictures of a new guitar made by luthier Jeffrey Elliott for Portland guitarist David Bertman, who says they worked together on the design over a long period of time.

Maple guitar front Maple Guitar Back

Top: European Spruce
Back and sides: European Maple
Rosette and headstock veneer: Amboyna Burl
Bindings: Bloodwood

Amboya rosette

Amboyna Headstock Maple Guitar Bottom

I got to play this guitar a few days ago and I loved it — the way it sounds, the way it feels, and the way it looks. Jeff has kindly allowed me to post a few pictures here to remember it by.

Maple Guitar Heel
Amboyna inlay

Three pictures of the interior taken through the guitar’s soundport.

Guitar interior 1

Guitar interior 2

Guitar interior 3

Light shines through the beautifully translucent back of the guitar, seen through the sound hole.

Translucent maple

The soundport, shown with and without its amboyna burl cover.

Guitar sound port plug

Guitar sound port

Guitar sound port kit

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