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Tasteful blends of color, and unique
inlay designs are a departure from
the everyday look of a guitar.

Click on any photo to enlarge 

 

 

 


             ~Elegance, ... pure and simple ~
 



     Above: Sheppard Madrigal Grand Auditorium Custom Guitar
             w/Bosnian Spruce top, Brazilian Rosewood back
                  and sides, and African Blackwood binding.

 


Rosettes

Pearl Inlay of the highest quality
ensures the richest iridescent color. 

 

   

 


Choice Blue Paua pearl rosette.


Blue Paua/African Blackwood rosette.



Standard .135" Select Blue Paua Pearl Rosette w/ Bois De Rose Cutaway
Bevel and extended fingerboard w/ Avalon Jewel inlay markers

 


Paua Heart/Koa wood rosette

 


Paua Heart/Walnut burl rosette

 

 

 


Snakewood rosette w/Snakewood bevel
  and binding on African Blackwood body.

 


Headstocks

 Various unique overlay woods,
nut materials, and pearl designs
available from simple to complex. 

 

 

 


Ellis Rose on Headstock

Narrowline Blue Paua pearl on Cocobolo
Rosewood headstock overlay


Narrowline Blue Paua pearl on
Brazilian Rosewood headstock overlay


 Brazilian Rosewood headstock overlay






Simple Rose and Sheppard logo w/o binding

Left-handed 12-String headstock


Narrow Line Blue Paua pearl
 on Cocobolo headstock overlay


Optional traditional headstock


Ellis Rose on Ebony headstock overlay


Emily Ellis rosebud logo

 


12-String headstock

 

 


Brazilian Overlay with African Blackwood
 binding and simple red line.

 


Brazilian Overlay with African Blackwood
 binding and simple red line.

 

 

Left: Rosebud on Bridge. This optional rosebud on the bridge matches rosebud headstock logo. It can be placed on one or both ends of the bridge. The bud is available in either mother-of-pearl or colorful abalone. The bud is sometimes available in certain colors (such as pink or yellow). 

 

 

 

 

Sound Ports

Subtle sound port located on the
lower bout. Why the lower bout?
That's where the energy is created
and it aims at the right ear as you play.

 

 

 

 

 

Cutaways

 

 


Venetian (Soft)


Florentine (sharp)

 

 

Bevels

Bevels may be one of the more important
innovations to the guitar since it's inception.
My bevels significantly increase the player's
reach and comfort while adding no
appreciable weight to the guitar. Also,
contrary to popular lore, bevels do not
significantly impact tone.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heel Caps & Side Fillets

 

 

 

 


Madagascar Rosewood heel cap
on Brazilian Rosewood body.


Asian Ebony Body, Brazilian
 Rosewood heel cap and binding


Brazilian Rosewood body


Ebony heel cap on flamed Koa body


A different angle of Brazilian above.
Heel cap continues the pattern of the
guitar back.


A different angle of Koa above.
 This photo enlarges to 8X


Striped Macassar Ebony body.
Right: Close-up of heel cap on this guitar

 


Malaysian Blackwood
 body.


Brazilian Rosewood heel cap 
against Bloodwood binding.


Paua Pearl purfling all around,
African Blackwood back, sides 
and heel cap.


African Blackwood heel cap/binding
 on Brazilian rosewood  body.


Quilted Maple binding and Heel cap
on Brazilian Rosewood body.

 


African Blackwood back/sides with African
Blackwood sapwood binding and heel cap.

 

 

 

End Grafts 


There is no charge for end pins.

 


African Blackwood graft on Brazilian Rosewood body

 


Brazilian Rosewood end graft and body

 

 


Madagascar Rosewood on Brazilian Rosewood body

 


Brazilian Rosewood on Madagascar Rosewood body

 


Bois De Rose on Brazilian Rosewood body

 


Bois De Rose on Brazilian Rosewood body

 

 


Quilted Maple end graft, binding, and comfort bevel
on Brazilian Rosewood dreadnought

 

 

 


Premium Bindings

Finest wood binding choices include
African Blackwood, Flamed Koa,
Ebony, Flamed Walnut, Flamed
Maple,Striped Macassar Ebony,
Brazilian Rosewood,and Amazon
Rosewood.

See other binding choices in 
the bevel and end graft photos


Red Abalone Heart Pearl top edge purfling
against flamed Koa binding


Premium flamed Koa binding


African Blackwood binding, white/black/white/black
 mitered side purfling, Brazilian Rosewood side.



Fully Compensated Saddle


1/8" saddle. All strings are compensated
 in relation to one another.

Walrus fossil ivory saddle. Blue Paua pearl
 bridge pin dots match pearl rosette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fingerboards and Special
Inlay Designs

Fingerboards are high quality
ebony unless requested otherwise.
Bound fingerboards are optional and
are available in a variety of designs.

Inlay designs are endless!

 




New Avalon Jewel design graces the
20th Anniversary Swannanoa Gathering guitar.

 



New Avalon Jewel 12th fret
 marker in select Blue Paua pearl.


Optional Blue Paua floral design by Tom Ellis.


Fret tangs are below the surface for
smooth action and aesthetic simplicity.

 

 

Pickguards


This clear pickguard is very difficult to spot
on this custom guitar.
Other pickguards are available as well.

 

 



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