This instrument was started over a year ago and I worked on it a little at a time. It was refreshing to not touch it for a while then come back to it and I would have a little different take on what I wanted to do. The back and sides are Red maple, top is Sitka, headstock overlay is ebony and?? I can't remember what the other stuff was. The neck is mahogany that has a unique history. It was made from the massive indoor steps (staircase)of the U.S. embassy in Moscow (original one) and is very old. When I got the chunks of it it was 6" thick planks. It is very dense and rings like a bell when knocking on the wood.
The tailpiece is a duplicate of one I made for a good friend of mine and will not be made again. The pattern on it is an artistic take on the rubbing that was taken from an ancient stone in Ireland. It originaly had 4 snakes on it but I couldn't fit them in so I did two and the snakes head shape and knots are just like from the rubbing.
I went with sealed individual tuners for a change of pace. The fretboard is radiused.
Thanks for looking,