Myrtle Wood, Port Orford Cedar Guitar

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Project by WoodshopNerd posted 02-20-2015 03:36 PM 4286 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this guitar using myrtle wood for the sides & back, and port orford cedar for the top. I also included a sea turtle inlay on the fretboard using abalone and mother of pearl. There’s also some additional abalone as purfling around the top, and in double rings around the sound hole.

Since the myrtle was so light in color it seemed like a good idea to go with a flamed maple neck and a quilted maple faceplate on the headstock. The binding is maple as well, but I brushed it with some green wood dye to give it contrast and help it tie in with the abalone.

I have to say the myrtle and cedar wood combination ended up making one of the best sounding guitars I’ve heard.

-- Michael,

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#1 posted 02-20-2015 05:10 PM

Beautiful Guitar Awesome project…. Thanks for Sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#2 posted 02-20-2015 05:56 PM

Beautiful work Michael. I checked your website – keep up the fine work.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#3 posted 02-20-2015 07:19 PM

Very pretty. I normally like darker woods on guitar family instruments, but this works well.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 02-21-2015 02:33 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments!

This was an unusual combination of woods for me to use, but in the end I was really pleased with the results.

-- Michael,

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