Engelmann spruce from Alaska is my primary top wood.
For certain voicings I'll sometimes use Sitka spruce or Western
red cedar. All of these are carefully selected from the highest
"master" grade; this is true of all materials used
in a Perlman guitar.
AND SIDES: Indian rosewood
and Honduras mahogany are the main woods used. Brazilian rosewood
is available; it is increasingly rare and expensive but it remains
unequalled in tone and beauty.. Generally, the rosewoods lean
towards a brilliant, incisive tone while the mahoganies give
a warmer, rounder sound, though other factors in the guitar's
construction temper and shape these qualities. These are good
I have experimented with other back and side materials for many
years, with excellent results. Among these are bubinga, also
known as African rosewood (actually not a rosewood), an attractive
wood that acoustically and aesthetically deserves a place among
the rosewoods. Another is African blackwood, a rare wood that
is beautifully figured with tremendous acoustic properties.
And figured English sycamore, a blonde wood, light in weight,
that produces a very quick response and excellent tone, almost
a "flamenco" steel string. There are others as well.
Mostly Honduras mahogany. There are certain instances where
I may use Eastern hard maple.
Black Gabon ebony.
I use wood bindings exclusively. Wood bindings are
superior, acoustically and aesthetically, to other materials.
Frets are the highest grade German nickel-silver. Tuners are
German Schallers; other tuners are available.
Possibilities are limitless here. Everything from elegantly
simple colored wood banding to the most elaborate mother of
pearl, abalone and other materials is available.
After establishing your requirements and preferences through
discussion and my hearing you play, in person or through a
recording, we will finalize the design and delivery date of
your guitar. A deposit of $500.00 will be required before
I commence building; the balance at completion, before delivery.
have always given clients the option of returning the guitar
if they are truly not pleased with it. I am glad to say that
no one has ever availed themselves of this option. In the
event of return, the client will be responsible for shipping
and any damage that occurred while the guitar was in their
guitars are warranted against all defects for one year. The
environment in which they are built is stringently humidity
and temperature controlled. They have toured the world in
extreme climates without problems. This is an area where many
years of experience have shown how to build a guitar which
is lightly built, responsive, yet durable.