Custom Ornamental Guitar – California

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Whole guitar

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Body of guitar – Moroccan cedar for the Atlas Mountains

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Back of guitar – Quilted mahogany from “the tree”

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Front side view

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Back side view

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Fretboard

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Detail of Moroccan cedar (aka Atlantic cedar or Atlas cedar)

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Head stock with inlaid mother of pearl floral pattern

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Fretboard detail - 1

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Fretboard detail - 2

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Fretboard detail - 3

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Fretboard detail - 4

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Headstock – front side view

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Headstock – back side view showing slots

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Layout of floral pattern for cutting the mother of pearl

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Inlay process -1

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Inlay process - 2

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Artwork and instructions for the inlay

Custom Ornamental Guitar: Santa Cruz, California, USA

Jay Bonner commissioned a highly ornamental custom steel string made by Santa Cruz Guitar Company in Santa Cruz, California. The headstock and fingerboard are inlaid in mother of pearl in the same floral style that Jay Bonner developed for the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. The soundboard for the guitar is made from specially selected and aged Moroccan cedar from the Atlas Mountains. This wood was leftover stock from the construction of the Sliding Domes project for the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina. In former times, this variety of wood was used for the soundboards of harpsichords, and it is used for the soundboards of ouds in Morocco to this day. However, this is very likely the first time this premium wood has been used for a guitar soundboard. The sound of the guitar is exceptional. The back and sides are made from very rare quilted mahogany from “the tree;” a famous windfall specimen from Belize. Custom Pearl Inlay in New York did the mother of pearl inlay, and the guitar was commissioned through Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto, California.

Completed in 2008.