Top – Sitka spruce
Back and Sides – Bloodwood
Body size 16″
Dave Schurer and I played in a band together in high school. He and I both took guitar lessons from jazz virtuoso Harry Leahey, a popular NY sessions musician. Harry was a good guitar teacher, but I wasn’t a good guitar student. Dave was, though, and he continued taking lessons from Harry long after I had quit. Dave has chops, and is comfortable in the world of jazz chords. He played music professionally for a while before settling down in the world of business. This guitar had to have the versatility to handle all of Dave’s playing styles.
I chose Bloodwood for the back and sides. It is very dense, like rosewwod, and has a brilliant, glassy tap tone. The sapwood is yellow, and it makes a nice, natural contrasting stripe in the middle of the back. The neck is Bubinga, and the binding is Maple.
Dave wanted something “cosmic” for the inlays. We chose a circle of infinities for the rosette. They are made of mother of pearl and abalone.
For the fingerboard inlays I used stained glass, shell and silver wire to create the sun, planets, galaxies and stars.
Dave in his music room.