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RE: Faster traditional rosette (in reply to Andy Culpepper

That guitar is just gorgeous, Andy.

I have a similar philosophy when it comes to rosettes, I prefer simpler geometric patterns that show movement when viewed from different angles or have a pattern shift when viewed from up close to a distance.

I like the subtle use of colour. How a single 0.015” line of coloured purfling can dominate the tone of a rosette consisting otherwise of neutral elements. Or how placing a minimalist meandering pattern of orange in a maple field can impart a golden hue to the entire field. Tiny amounts of blue can transform an off-white field into a bright clean white one. Blue will also bring out the reds in Rosewood, while green can emphasize the browns. Just like with cars, Resale Red can really pop a rosette and draw in the purchaser.

A highly detailed rosette can look great up close, but if it washes out from a distance it’s a bit of a lost opportunity for the maker, as a recognizable pattern can act as a differentiator for the audience (especially if the maker only uses one or a few patterns).

One effect I really like is done by Ethan, where he has dotted the black field of his standard rosette’s weave with isolated specks of holly. It adds vibrancy to the rosette and really brings it to life.
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RE: Faster traditional rosette (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Thanks Andy, beautiful guitar!


In the Courtnall book there is a plan of that very Santos guitar, with an enclosed black and white macro picture of the original Rosette and a diagram of it showing the proportions.
Santos was an absolute master even when he did simple things.
Many of the rosette designs you see around recalls original Santos or Ramirez designs.

Well don’t I feel stupid, I have the book on my shelf! And this book has pictures too so there’s no excuse for not knowing how to read
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