Following the recommendations of many members here, I contacted Richard Reynoso a while ago with my thoughts about building a guitar a little out of the ordinary in terms of the woods he might use. I was interested in whether he might be willing to incorporate some woods from various areas I have lived, including New England and the Pacific Northwest. Rather than using European Maple or Pacific Northwest Maple, though, Richard contacted Tom Thiel at Northwind Tonewoods in New Hampshire, who recommended a highly-figured Red Maple from Maine (termed "Dragontongue"). My understanding is that the characteristics of Red Maple are closer to those of European Maple than are those of Rock/Sugar Maple, another common New England hardwood.
This Red Maple has a coloration different from the traditional Maple in classical guitars, as you can see here:
The rosette is one that Richard has been thinking about for over two years, and I am very grateful to him that he decided to bring it to life for this guitar. Here is a tile:
And here is the rosette, which speaks for itself:
Richard will incorporate some Claro Walnut in the guitar, along with other details still to be worked out. I will post more photos as they become available.
Thanks again to forum members for their guidance and, of course, to Richard Reynoso, who has spent countless hours thinking and communicating with me about the guitar.
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