Claro Walnut Acoustic Guitar

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Project by WoodshopNerd posted 02-12-2015 08:56 PM 2708 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a guitar that I built recently using claro walnut for the sides and back, bearclaw spruce for the top, and Hawaiian koa for the binding. I wanted this guitar to have wood accents only (nothing shiny or blingy like abalone or mother of pearl), so I used lacewood for the rosette around the soundhole, and snakewood for the tuning knobs on the headstock. I also made an inlay for the neck in the shapes of oak and maple leaves, using oak and maple wood respectively. I also decided to use an oil finish instead of a glossy lacquer. I’m pretty happy with how it came out. I have a couple more sets of claro walnut in my stack… I’m thinking I might have to make another one.

-- Michael,

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#1 posted 02-12-2015 09:03 PM

A beautiful job so well executed! You are definitely an excellent guitar builder and the creativity you used in doing the leaves on neck is great. Thanks for posting -

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 02-12-2015 09:11 PM

Thanks Ron! I really appreciate that.

The leaves were actually pretty fun to design and make. Anytime I can work with wood for my inlay material instead of abalone it makes life easier.

-- Michael,

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#3 posted 02-12-2015 09:27 PM

Absolutely gorgeous. I love the inlays on the fretboard. Now I have to check your site to see what else you’re up to! :-)

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#4 posted 02-12-2015 11:00 PM

Beautiful! I love walnut guitars, and this claro is fantastic. How does it sound? Also, where did you source that top? bearclaw spruce?

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#5 posted 02-13-2015 12:01 AM

Nice guitars and website. You do lovely work! I’m starting my first flat top, after building almost all the carve top instruments. I’ve put off building one because gluing down the bridge could go either way.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#6 posted 02-13-2015 12:59 AM

Beautiful, Very well done the leafs really make this guitar stand out!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 02-13-2015 01:44 AM

That is one sweet looking guitar.

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#8 posted 02-13-2015 07:11 AM

Beutifull work – I love that fretboard – and the inside is a pretty as the outside. THAT is craft

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#9 posted 02-13-2015 06:24 PM

Thanks everybody for all the kind remarks! They are greatly appreciated.

-- Michael,

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#10 posted 02-13-2015 06:32 PM


I’m really happy with how it sounds. The walnut gives a clean, loud response and the dreadnought shape added a nice, rumbling bass. Overall it’s boomy without being muddy.

And if I remember right I purchased the bear claw spruce from Luthiers Mercantile a couple years ago.


-- Michael,

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#11 posted 02-13-2015 10:47 PM

Great Work!!

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#12 posted 02-14-2015 02:29 AM

Sweet looking guitar. I really like your use of figured woods. I took a look at your website and was impressed with the exceptional quality seen in your guitars.


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#13 posted 02-14-2015 03:05 AM

Thanks so much!

-- Michael,

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#14 posted 02-14-2015 12:57 PM

Love the Guitar! also, the clamps look awesome. they look simple to replicate. do you have plans for those?

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#15 posted 02-14-2015 03:04 PM

Thanks Gene.

Those are called Klemmsia clamps. I bought them from Luthier’s Mercantile. I don’t have plans for them, but I bet they could be replicated fairly easily.

-- Michael,

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