This is an update post of a classical guitar luthier from Netherlands Jaroslav Mach (previously interviewed). Jaroslav has kindly let me know about his new concert guitar.
According to Jaroslav, this guitar's back and sides are made with Wenge (Millettia laurentii) – wenge is a dense hardwood from central West Africa (mostly Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Cameroon and the Gabonese Republic).
Wenge is not in the Cites list like other rosewoods (dalbergia family) including East Indian Rosewood. Wenge sounds like real Jacaranda and has the same deep chocolate brown colour like Jacaranda Nigra which no longer exists. Jacaranda Nigra was a British luthier David Rubio's favourite timber.
The combination of German Bear-claw Spruce (top) with Bosnian flamed maple (bindings) and Jaroslav's new rosette gives a very elegant look. This guitar has also the double sides similar to the ones of the Ramirez 1A guitars or Daniel Friederich guitars. The double sides give the guitar better sound projection.
|Body||Wenge, European Bear-claw Spruce|
|Tuners||Swiss made Schertlers|
|Case||Hiscox PRO II included|