It's quite easy to see the individual pieces of wood, almost like pixels when you look up close to a rosette.. I think it's only on the really cheap guitars that they use a sort of sticker to pass as a rosette. Sadly many people won't notice or care how much effort is put into making these works of art.
What I am really intrigued with is how they are actually made. I have an idea, but the process still isn't totally clear how such detailed work is achieved, especially on the mosaics. Would love to watch some sort of time lapse or tutorial on how it's made. Here is a picture of the rosette on the Frieson I used to own. When one stops to really look up close, you start to notice all the layers and complexity.
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