Built for John James
Handmade Acoustic Guitar 1977
This exceptional guitar was made for ragtime guitarist John James around 1977.
The centre section of the back is made from Burr Indian Rosewood. The sides and outer section of the back, were purchased as "Palisander", a name used to describe a wide variety of species. It was described as Brazilian Rosewood. It may have come from Brazil, and it may be rosewood, but it is not Dalbergia Nigra, so it is legal and extremely attractive. This particular example is well-figured, and produces a sound equal to any you will hear. The top is high grade German Spruce. The fingerboard and bridge are Macassar Ebony, and the neck is also Burr Rosewood and "Palisander."
The position markers are ash rectangles, and the purflings are handmade by Roger Bucknall.
The guitar has a few little dings, commensurate with its age, but structurally it is in excellent condition. This is a superb guitar with good volume and projection, and has an exceptional bass.
Roger Bucknall says that he couldn’t reproduce this guitar now, but the nearest he could get would cost £5000 - £7000.
A nearly-new hard shell case is included.