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As of 15 July 2005

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This is the guitar that started it all, serial number 001, with a through body neck constructed of rock maple and purple heart. The hardware is Shaller gold plated tuning pegs and gold plated acoutrements. The face plate around the pickups is solid purpleheart, and the fingerboard is rosewood bound in purple heart. The pickups are Fender's Stevie Ray Vaughan style Texas Special. The pickup switch is three-way: neck, neck & bridge, bridge. The next knob is volume, and the last knob is dual purpose - it rotates as a tone pot and it pulls out to engage the middle pickup.

Cocoa is the second of the White Rose Instruments guitars. The back, sides, fingerboard and bridge are solid cocobolo. The neck is a 5-ply laminate of rock maple and cocobolo. The top is solid sitka spruce. This guitar is 16" across the lower bout, with a 20" body length. The body waist is wider than a grand auditorium, and narrower than a Dreadnaught. The neck is joined at the 14th fret, with a string length of 25.5". The nut width is 1 11/16" and the string spread at the saddle is 2 1/8".

This is the first of the grand concert sized guitars that Jeff has made. It has an engleman spruce top, indian rosewood back and sides and ebony fingerboard. The green in the binding, rosette, and headstock is from colored maple veneers layered with natural colored maple. Click here to see the detail of the chip carving Jeff did in the rosette. The highly figured maple neck gives it a bright tone, and the large sound hole gives great acoustic volume, perfect for fingerstyle music.

Myrtle is a full dreadnaught with a cutaway. The woods are sitka spruce top, california myrtle or western laurel (depending on who you ask) back and sides, mahogany neck and ebony accents. Fishman XXX pickup system. This is Elizabeth White's workhorse out on the road.

This is the second of the grand concert sized guitars that Jeff has made. Gloria is very similar to Greenie except that the body shape has been smoothed out, and the maple veneers are a much more intense blue and red. The neck on this guitar was from the same piece of wood that Greenie's neck came from.

This is truly a one of a kind bass. Its oversized mandolin "A" shape, removable neck, custom gig bag and special rolling cart make it a conversation starter wherever it appears. After Rose finished this instrument she said it would take a 5-figure price tag to even think about making another one! The woods include a rock maple and ebony neck, spruce top (from the local lumber yard), a rock maple back, and hand bent soft maple sides. It has a special custom bridge to fit the low string height over the body and to counter the "bending bridge" problem that is a signature of acoustic basses.

This one started from a kit. But before Rose assembled it, she recarved both front and back plates and tap tuned it. She hand carved the purfling into the top and back. No painted lines here!

Building Process

Most parts are purchased in a rough form (pretty well everything except bridge pins, fingerboard dots, and tuners). Each part is hand shaped to achieve that "custom fit" with the rest of the components. Each is finished with water based laquer, assuring each instrument is protected by a very hard, durable, non yellowing finish.

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