The CB "AuditoriOM" Style 42 in Honduran Rosewood
Denser than Indian rosewood, Honduran rosewood is well known for its tonal properties, being the preferred wood for Marimba bars. Tonally it compares well to Brazilian rosewood, producing a well-balanced sounding guitar with great projection. Honduran Rosewood is very similar visually and tonally to Southeast Asian Rosewood; the grain lines are unusually tight and straight, yielding a subtler beauty with less figure than Brazilian or Cocobolo.
Style 42 Abalone top trim was originated by C.F. Martin in 1858, and was Martin's fanciest trim style until Style 45 was introduced in 1902. However, rather than adding to the top trim, Style 45 added Abalone borders to the back & sides, so Style 42 can be considered a Style 45 with no Abalone on the back & sides (Chris' "Style 45" is substantially fancier than Martin's, however, and does add Abalone ornamentation to the top as well as the back & sides). Chris uses only genuine hand-inlaid figured Abalone, no man-made substitutes or ground Abalone.
The guitar shown was custom-ordered with a hand-stained Sunburst finish to match a vintage instrument in the customer's collection. The sunburst color was matched to photographs of the original instrument to the customer's complete satisfaction. Chris truly enjoys interacting with his customers in this manner, creating uniquely personal instruments that are beyond what is available in a factory-built instrument for the discriminating player or collector.
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Features (as shown):
Top: Adirondack (Red) Spruce, tap-tuned with hand-scalloped braces and Vintage-style pickguard.
Top Binding: Grained ivoroid with Abalone "Style 42" purfling, Abalone soundhole ring and Abalone connecting link beside fretboard.
Back & Sides: Honduran Rosewood with "Zig-Zag" back strip.
Back Binding: Multiple grained ivoroid.
Neck: Mahogany with diamond volute, "Rose" inlay on heel cap.
Peghead: Bound "CB Slotted" shape, with black Ebony overlay & Chris' trademark "Rose Bud" inlay of Mother-of-Pearl & Abalone. Ebony back veneer.
Tuning Machines: Gold-plated Grover vintage-style tuners with metal "butterbean" buttons.
Fretboard: Ebony with Chris' trademark "Rose" inlay.
Bridge: Ebony with Chris' trademark "Rose" inlay.
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All CB Instruments include a quality hard-shell case and are backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects in material and workmanship.
CB instruments are all truly custom-made instruments, made to order for the individual and completely hand-built one at a time by Chris Bozung. As such, your CB Instrument can be made to suit your desires. Please click the links below to see some of our more popular options.
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