I am building a dreadnought guitar for auction with proceeds going to the Idaho Bluegrass Association. This guitar is being built using hand tools, a few small power tools, glue, and a lot of sand paper. I custom build my instrument using wood that is hand selected and properly acclimated for the Idaho environment. This guitar has a torrefied sitka spruce top, Indian rosewood sides and back, and sapele neck. Torrefaction is a heating process that accelerates the wood-aging process for better tone and stronger instruments (an environmentally safe process). This is my third guitar using this process and I feel it provides a guitar with an “vintage” tone. This guitar is designed for bluegrass! I built my first guitar at age 17 under the guidance of luthier Bart Stein in Pittsburgh using only hand tools and following traditional methods. I built my second guitar about 10 years ago and have not stopped since. I average about 2 to 3 stringed instruments a year (the day job gets in the way sometimes). I hope to have the guitar finished for Christmas time, so look for updates in the near future. Best Michael Murray, Boise Idaho October 20, 2018
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