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My Guitar Althea

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Jerry:
Hair and Beard are Fine Silver (99.999% Pure Silver)
Glasses are Fine Silver (99.999% Pure Silver)
Face is Antique Ivory (over 100 years old)
Shirt Line is 18k Gold Dust
Nose Pieces are Mother of Pearl
Eyes are Black Abalone Pupils and Mother of Pearl

The Roses:
Mother of Pearl Stems
Pale Red Abalone Leaves
Black Mother of Pearl
Black Abalone
Pink Ivory Wood
Paua (Blue Abalone from New Zealand )

The Rings:
Red Abalone Heart
Mahogany
Red Abalone Heart
18k gold square wire

All of the inlay work was done by one of the best inlay artists on the planet right here in the San Francisco Bay Area, Larry Robinson (www.robinsoninlays.com). He had done the inlay work on the C.F. Martin 750,000th and 1,000,000th guitars and I sent him an email to see if he knew anyone who could do a little work for me. His answer both shocked and excited me to no end. He could do the work for me right then. I had a design, but Larry had a few ideas of his own. Given my budget constraints, I told him how much I had to work with and then just left it to him to do that voodoo that he do so well. Two weeks later I got back the guitar that you see in the pictures. I did have to take it back to Doug Roomian in San Francisco for final finishing and buffing (face has been refinished with 8 coats of clear high-gloss polyurethane), but this is what I got. Tell me what you think of the changeover.

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Joined: Mar 12 2008
Beautiful work

What kinda guitar izzit???

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is an absolutely beautiful musical treasure you got there.
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Joined: Jul 7 2007
Fantastic !!

Magnifico !! Beautiful !! Infreakincredible !!

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
simply amazing

What kind of guitar and where on it? Thank you for sharing.

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William Blake

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My Guitar Althea