A style two Burgin weiss is now at the Music Emporium in Boston. the same as we made for David Lindley with added rope binding etc. (Sept 2015)
Meanwhile……recently sold but I’ve left the information here. This is a Burgin Guitars Style Three weissenborn made from flamed Tamanian Blackwood (a cousin of Koa). It has shop made jarrah and maple rope binding, and rosewood fretboard with abalone diamonds.
(inlay from shells gathered on the local sea shore)
The rosette is also rope binding. The fretboard markers are maple strips. The blackwood is salvaged from stumps and fallen trees in old Tasmanian forest.
This instrument is typical of many that we make at Burgin Guitars.
The headstock is also bound with rope, and it bears the Burgin Guitars logo in abalone. Machine heads by Gotoh.
I can also install pick ups and would recommend the K and K or Seymour Duncan mag mic.
The finish on the Style Three is satin laquer. Nut and saddle are bone. The instrument comes in a hard case and the price includes, packing and shipping to your door, anywhere in the world.
Price: US $3380
I am happy to answer questions about this instrument.
Below is a Golden Bay Blackwood Style Two weissenborn that sold a while back. I’ve left it here as there is a series of photos that show that show how this particular instrument was built.
The whole guitar is bound in jarrah and maple rope binding. The bridge is rosewood and the nut and saddle are beef bone.
Below is a timeline of the instrument’s construction. It starts with the roughed out top and back, an inlaid rope rosette and a bound headstock. The wood came from Onekaka Woods in Golden Bay, New Zealand. the plantation tree was about thirty five years old. It’s one of many planted by Onekaka woods specifically for furniture making.
The braces are glued on using the go bar deck. Thin sticks of flexible ash wood apply pressure while the glue dries.
Once the glue is dry the back braces need to be shaved and shaped with a block plane and chisels.
Next stop is the rope binding and the fretboard. The rope binding is made from maple and jarrah and laminated sheets of these two timbers are cut into thin slabs and then run through a small saw.
The fretboards for weissenborns don’t need fretwire, just thin strips of maple glued into the slots. They will also have pearl or abalone dots in the regular places.
The binding is scraped down flush with the guitar top and sides.
The fretboard is made of flamed blackwood and is glued in place with clamps and a caul.
After more sanding the guitar is coated with shellac and grainfiller. This can take a while to dry off properly before laquering commences.
The finishing process brings out the contrast of colours in the rope binding.
the headstock is also bound with rope binding and purfling, and the nut and saddle are made of beef bone. The nut needs to be high to protect the fretboard from enthusiastic use of the steel bar.
Next stop ….STRINGS!