“The Bruce” 50th Anniversary

50th Birthday Custom Model

The “Bruce 50th Anniversary Custom” is a guitar I built for my brothers 50th birthday using reclaimed timbers for the main component parts.

The back was made from the lid of an old tea chest/blanket box found in our fathers garage. When I cleaned it up and split it the result was this beautiful piece of bookmatched Cuban Mahogany.

The Brazilian Mahogany sides were made from a  bar top which had been removed from a pub when it was being refurbished 30years ago and had sat in a joiners workshop untouched for all that time.

The neck was made from a piece of Philipine Mahogany which started its life as a mantlepiece top.

The top I bought from a sustainable source and is, top grade, highly figured Bear Claw Sitka Spruce.

The bindings are made from sycamore with a rosewood fretboard and bridge.

The final personal touch was to engrave the two solid silver 12th fret markers with his initials.

To complete the package I photographed the entire build process and presented this in an album along with a provenance for all the timbers used.

3 sound hole med res

Neck to body join

Neck to body join

Heel Cap

Heel Cap

Initialled Silver Inlay

Initialled Silver Inlay

Cuban Mahogany Back

Cuban Mahogany Back

Side Profile

Side Profile

Soundhole Detail

Soundhole Detail

50th Birthday Custom Model

50th Birthday Custom Model

Rosette

Rosette

 

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