This wood was taken from an old tansu chest. It's rare to find persimmon with long defined striations of dark and light wood. In Japan these pieces are highly prized and expensive. People will tell you persimmon is common and used in golf clubs, and that's true, but this kind of striation is fairly rare and the trees are smaller today because most old persimmon has been cut down. This isn't wood you'll see very often if at all. There are pinholes in the wood that have been filled with black epoxy and ebony dust. It can't be helped, and I see it as part of the charm of the whole guitar. The ribs are doubled, the inside laminate is Hinoki, so there's no fear of any of the pinholes causing issues.
The tail dart was arrived at because I had to do something that didn't visually favor dark or light wood, the Cocobolo binding seems to stay out of the way. Likewise I didn't put side purfling to it because the back and sides have so much going on I thought it would tart it up too much.
Comments from Japanese players have been that the neck is wide. For me it's not a problem, but I'm happy to trim the neck profile down for anyone who purchases it if that is a problem. If you're serious and we get to that point we'll have a very detailed conversation about neck profile. Otherwise the nut is 52 mm and the neck width is 63 mm at the 12th fret. In Japan that's bigger than normal, from what dealers tell me, but what do they know. A nut at 52 mm seems normal as an international standard.
I'll also make this style guitar in any other woods you like. It's my own design with parabolic fans aiming at a more 'German' than 'Spanish' sound. I'm still working with it and open to suggestions from anyone who wants to commission this model.
Patience at the bending iron pays in rounded dividends!