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E-newsletter | Dec 2011
 
 
News in brief:
 
Lone Cyprus inlay:  
 
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One of the inlay projects of 2011, the lone cyprus is an iconic  landmark on the Californian coast. The inlay was commissioned by a client who passes the spot on his drive down the coast every so often. The inlay itself was one for the purist, with all natural shell augmented with detailed engraving.

 

Song of the Kauri
Still waiting....the film is  alive and the end is in sight!
 
20th Anniversary:
Next year will mark 20 years of professional building! Time to build something a bit special...
...more on this next year.
 
 
 
Hi ,

Welcome to the December  E-newsletter.
A quick check revealed the last one was way back in February! How time flies....
So why the long hiatus?  Well, football coaching and three boys, all playing, doesn't excactly give me a lot of time and it isn't any coincidence that I am thinking about writing another news letter now that the season is behind me.  

Time then, for one last E-newsletter for the year to review what I have built and introduce a couple of models that you may not have seen before.
   

Contemporary Classical

I have been wanting to do this for some time but this year I finally got round to re-designing a new classical model.  I was not out to re-invent it, rather to bring the look more inline with my other instruments and give it a more contemporary feel. 
front To this end I have given it a new shape and added my low profile, sculpted heel-to-body join with a cutaway version as well as adding the bevel on the top.

The neck has a classical size and feel with just a slight fingerboard curvature for a super comfortable and slick neck.
On the one seen here I have used a solid wood burl called "amboyna" for the rosette as well as the purfling around the soundboard, giving the guitar an elegant look yet modern look. 
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I built two instruments and took the opportunity to use some of my Paraoanui kauri (seen on the pictures here) for the first time and compare it with the Waingarara kauri that I harvested five years ago.  The results are impressive with the guitars sounding very similar in tone colour but the Paraoanui giving a little more volume. It is also a bit brighter than my Waingarara kauri. 
The Paraoanui kauri log was very small and most of the salvaged timber will be used for smaller instruments (mandolins and violins). Still, I have enough larger pieces for perhaps a score of guitars.

The above guitar is for sale. Contact me for more information.
For more information and pictures of the other Classical (SOLD) please see website under classical guitar.
 

Performance Series

I have recently finished a group of four Performance Series Tui models, two with top bevels. They sound great and are already getting attention with one of the bevelled models already sold. At US$4200 (NZ$5625) and US$4600 (NZ$6200) respectively, they are priced to sell. Let me know if you are interested. More information on the performance series can be found at my website, or you can contact me directly for a chat.

I wish you all well for the Christmas season.

Best wishes,
Laurie
LaurieWilliams Guitars

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