Cumpiano "In-The-White" Guitars: Steel Strings

I've accumulated a variety of beautiful Cumpiano instruments that are completed, but have yet to be finished. Eventually, they will be finished and added to inventory, but you can commission a specific one of them ahead of time, and it can be finished and delivered to you. These instruments (which I made while teaching) can be offered at a price approximately $1000 below what it would cost to custom-make a similar one. Another advantage is that the waiting time for delivery is only 90 days rather than the current 10-14 months for custom-mades.

wrc254: Cocobolo Ditson-template Parlor Guitar
A modern-day recreation of a delightful, but little-known historic guitar form--the "Grand Concert" model made for the Oliver Ditson music emporium of Chicago by CF Martin and Co during the late 1920s. True to its original form, it was a 12-fret to the body, 13-1/2 inch parlor-sized guitar with slotted peghead and a pyramid bridge built in the "Spanish Style."  Surprisingly loud for its size, with a quick-response and a sweet, balanced tone.



 

$4100.00 plus case and shipping

Neck Pattern-grade Honduras Mahogany,
12 frets to body
Purflings Black-white black fiber line around body, sides and back
Top Premium-grade British Columbia Englemann spruce, highly silked. Bridge Traditional "spanish-style" pyramid-ends ebony bridge with matching ebony, pearl-dot bridge pins
Back/
Sides
Arrow-straight, picture-perfect Cocobolo back and sides Tuners Waverly side-mounts with solid ebony buttons
Bindings Matching cocobolo, lending a formal, classic look to the soundbox Headpiece
Veneer
Matched Cocobolo rosewood
Finger
board
Ebony with white side-dots only (additional markers can be added to suit) Rosette First ring: fine bwb lines; Second ring: Paua snail circle bordered with fine bwb lines
Back
stripe
Paua snail shell strip inlay Heelcap Thai rosewood, paua shell inlay matches back
Nut width 1-7/8 inches String spacing @ bridge 2-5/16 inches Scale
length
25.0 inches Max. body depth 4 inches Max. Body width 13.5  inches


wrc268: Thai/Cocobolo 16" Steel-String
An unusual combination of glassy hardwoods, a large soundbox (similar in size to a Martin 'M' or OOOO) and a wide string array combine to provide a fingerpicker's instrument with an expanded bass response.



$4000.00 plus case and shipping

Neck Pattern-grade Honduras Mahogany,
14 frets to body
Purflings Black and white fiber "rope" on top; fine bwb line around body and back
Top Premium-grade British Columbia/KermodieŽ Englemann/Sitka hybrid Bridge Std. belly style bridge made from matching Cocobolo with rosewood bridge pins, each pin with a brass-bordered pearl dot inlay
Back/
Sides
Arrow-straight Thai Rosewood back and Cocobolo sides Tuners Waverly with chrome butterbean buttons
Bindings Curly Rock Maple Headpiece
Veneer
Matched Cocobolo rosewood with Cumpiano logo
Finger
board
Rosewood with white side-dots only (additional markers can be added to suit) Rosette First ring: fine bwb lines; Second ring: Paua snail circle bordered with fine bwb lines
Back
stripe
Paua snail shell inlay Heelcap Thai rosewood, matches back
Nut width 1-3/4 inches String spacing @ bridge 2-1/4 inches Scale
length
25.4 inches Max. body depth 4-1/8 inches Max. Body width 16  inches

wrc259: Pau Amarello ("Yellowheart") OOO-style 15" Steel-String
An ideal finger-style instrument made from a striking, naturally all-yellow Brazilian hardwood.



$4000.00 plus case and shipping

Neck Pattern-grade Honduras Mahogany,
14 frets to body
Purflings Black and white fiber "rope" on top; fine bwb line around body
Top Premium-grade British Columbia redcedar Bridge Std. belly style bridge made from short-grained Pau Amarello from the same board as back and sides
Back/
Sides
Arrow-straight Brazilian Pau Amarello sliced by the maker from a single plank Tuners Schaller mini size with chrome buttons
Bindings Pau Amarello Headpiece
Veneer
Matched Pau Amarello with Cumpiano logo
Finger
board
Ceylon ebony with white side-dots only (additional markers can be added to suit) Rosette First ring: fine bwb lines; Second ring: Paua snail circle bordered with fine bwb lines
Back
stripe
Paua snail shell inlay Heelcap Pau Amarello with paua snail shell inlay, matches back
Nut width 1-3/4 inches String spacing @ bridge 2-5/16 inches Scale
length
25 inches Max. body depth 4-1/8 inches Max. Body width 15 1/8  inches


wrc227: Honduras Rosewood Jumbo-sized (16") Steel-String
A full-bodied guitar, made with picture-perfect rosewoods and a large, powerful sound.





$3600.00 plus case and shipping

Neck Pattern-grade Honduras Mahogany,
14 frets to body
Purflings Black and white fiber "rope" on top; fine bwb line around body
Top Premium-grade British Columbia Englemann spruce w. heavy silking Bridge Std. belly style, Ceylon ebony with pearly-dot, ebony
bridge pins in line parallel to sloped saddle
Back//
Sides
Honduras Rosewood, personally sawn 25 years ago from a massive 300-lb solid billet. 4 pc. back Tuners Chrome Gotoh sealed-body; full-size with chrome buttons
Bindings Curly Norwegian maple Headpiece
Veneer
Matched Honduran Rosewood with Cumpiano logo
Finger
board
Ceylon ebony with white side-dots only (additional markers added to suit) Rosette First ring: fine bwb lines; Second ring: Abalone circle bordered with fine bwb lines
Back
stripe
Rosewood sapwood figure Heelcap Honduras Rosewood, matches back
Nut width 1-11/16 inches String spacing @ bridge 2-1/8 inches Scale
length
25.4 inches Max. body depth 4-1/8 inches Max. Body width 15-7/8 inches

wrc206: Honduras Rosewood Deep-Bodied Cutaway Steel String
A smaller cutaway cousin to wrc227 above, from adjacent rosewood slices from the same flitch; a slightly wider neck makes it nice for fine fingerpicking.
 

$4200.00 plus case and shipping

Neck Pattern-grade Honduras Mahogany,
14 frets to body
Purflings Herringbone marquetry around top; fine white and bwb line around body
Top Premium-grade British Columbia Englemann spruce w. heavy silking Bridge Std. belly style, matching Honduras rosewood, with abalone-dot, rosewood bridge pins in line parallel to sloped saddle
Back/
Sides
Honduras Rosewood, personally sawn 25 years ago from a massive 300-lb solid billet. 2 pc. back Tuners Deluxe Chrome Gotoh 510 sealed-body; full-size with chrome buttons
Bindings Matching Honduras Rosewood Headpiece
Veneer
Matched Honduran Rosewood with Cumpiano logo
Finger
board
Ceylon ebony with white side-dots only (additional markers can be added to suit) Rosette First ring: fine bwb lines; Second ring: Herringbone circle bordered with fine bwb lines
Back
stripe
Zig-zag black-white marquetry Heelcap Honduras Rosewood, with zig-zag marquetry to match back
Nut width 1-3/4 inches String spacing @ bridge 2-1/8 inches Scale
length
25.4 inches Max. body depth 4-1/8 inches Max. Body width 15-1/4 inches

wrc219: Brazilian Ebony OM-style (15") Steel String Guitar
Stark-looking, uniform, hard black-brown ebony lends a glassy clarity to a familiar guitar configuration; wider spacing at bridge is ideal for larger hands
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$3500.00 plus case and shipping                       

Neck Pattern-grade Honduras Mahogany,
14 frets to body
Purflings fine bwb line enclosing tinted orange line around top; no purflings around body
Top Premium-grade British Columbia Sitka spruce w. heavy silking and light hazelfichte figure Bridge Rectangular Brazilian rosewood, with white-dot, rosewood bridge pins in line parallel to sloped saddle
Back/
Sides
Brazilian "Ebony" (actually a super-dense Rosewood hybrid) Tuners Gold Schaller minis with pearloid buttons
Bindings Curly Rock Maple Headpiece
Veneer
Brazilian Rosewood to match bridge, with Cumpiano logo
Finger
board
Ceylon ebony with white side-dots only (additional markers can be added to suit) Rosette First ring: fine bwb lines; Second ring: Herringbone circle bordered with fine bwb lines;Third ring: fine bwb lines
Back
stripe
Curly Norwegian maple Heelcap Curly Rock Maple to match binding
Nut width 1-11/16 inches String spacing @ bridge 2-1/4 inches Scale
length
25.5 inches Max. body depth 4-1/4 inches Max. Body width 15-1/8 inches
                        

wrc226: Para Rosewood steel-string parlor guitar Temporarily unavailable
A replica of the original 1912 Ditson Grand Concert guitar, made from the original Martin template. Remarkably loud, responsive and crystalline sound is the result of its glassy-hard tonewoods.

Renown British guitarist Martin Simpson played this one in the shop--"Wow!" was his report.

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$3200.00 plus case and shipping

Neck Pattern-grade Honduras Mahogany,
12 frets to body
Purflings Black and white fiber "rope" on top only
Top Premium-grade British Columbia Sitka spruce w. heavy silking. Stored in shop for over 15 years. Bridge

Matching Para rosewood vintage Pyramid bridge with abalone-dot rosewood bridge pins

Back/
Sides
Straight-grained Para rosewood, absolutely straight and uniform in grain and color, back and sides sawn from the same original plank Tuners Gold Schaller mini horizontal tuners with ebony buttons (disregard pearl buttons in photo)
Bindings Curly Fiddleback rock maple Headpiece
Veneer
Brazilian rosewood
Finger
board
Ceylon ebony with white side-dots only (additional markers can be added to suit) Rosette Two ring: Abalone bordered with fine bwb lines on the inner; fine bwb lines
Back
stripe
Variegated, colorful, marquetry backstripe Heelcap Curly Maple to match body and bindings
Nut width 1-13/16 inches String spacing @ bridge 2-1/8 inches Scale
length
25.0 inches Max. body depth 4-1/8 inches Max. Body width 13-1/4 inches

wrc208: Brazilian Rosewood (15") OM-style Guitar
Striking, rare "Black Brazilian" Rosewood and a special spruce hybrid top with German-spruce overtones give a classic look and sound to the genre.

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 $4400.00 plus case and shipping                       

Neck Pattern-grade Honduras Mahogany,
12 frets to body
Purflings Herringbone around top; no purflings elsewhere
Top KermodieŽ spruce soundboard (a Sitka-Englemann-/font> Bridge

Std. belly style, Ceylon ebony with abalone-dot, ebony bridge pins in line parallel to sloped saddle

Back/
Sides
"Black Brazilian" rosewood (Dahlbergia Nigra) Tuners Gold Schaller mini horizontal tuners with ebony buttons (disregard pearl buttons in photo)
Bindings Curly Norwegian soft maple, very white Headpiece
Veneer
Brazilian rosewood
Finger
board
Ceylon ebony with white side-dots only (additional markers can be added to suit) Rosette Two ring: Abalone bordered with fine bwb lines on the inner; fine bwb lines
Back
stripe
Herringbone bordered with bold bwb Heelcap Curly Maple to match body and bindings
Nut width 1-13/16 inches String spacing @ bridge 2-1/8 inches Scale
length
25.0 inches Max. body depth 4-1/8 inches Max. Body width 13-1/4 inches

East Indian Rosewood 12-fret 00-style Guitar (wrc216)         

East Indian rosewood back and sides, Honduras mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, bridge and pins
Flamed maple bindings, abalone soundhole rosette
Englemann Spruce soundboard
$3500.00 plus case

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Cocobolo 14-fret OM-Style Steel String Guitar  (WRC214)        

The back, sides, bridge and peghead veneer from this one were all sawn from the same solid plank of dark, colorful cocobolo, lending an outstanding sense of visual integrity to the instrument. The top is Canadian KermodieŽ spruce, bindings are Norwegian curly maple, neck is pattern-grade Honduras mahogany and the fingerboard is Ceylon ebony. Abalone soundhole rosette.

$5200 plus case





The following in-the-whites were purchased, finished and delivered:


wrc217: Brazilian Rosewood Concert-size (14") Steel String Guitar
A "classic" steel string, classical guitar size and made with premium classic woods:
Brazilian rosewood and German Silver Spruce

Sold

$4800.00 plus case and shipping

Neck Pattern-grade Honduras Mahogany,
14 frets to body
Purflings Black and white fiber "rope"
Top Master-grade German Silver Spruce with light hazelfichte figure Bridge Pyramid-style, Ceylon ebony with pearly-dot, ebony
bridge pins
Back/
Sides
Old growth Brazilian Rosewood Tuners Gold Waverlys with ebony buttons
Bindings Curly Norwegian maple Headpiece
Veneer
Matched Brazilian Rosewood with Cumpiano logo
Finger
board
Ceylon ebony with single reverse tri-leaf pearl inlay centered at 3rd position, white side-dots Rosette First ring: fine bwb lines; Second ring: Herringbone circle bordered with fine bwb lines
Back
stripe
Abalone strip inlay Heelcap Brazilian Rosewood, matches back
Nut width  1- 3/4 inches String spacing @ bridge 2-5/16 inches Scale
length
25 inches Max. body depth 4-1/8 inches Max. Body width 14-1/8 inches


Wrc 217 after finishing and ready to go out the door to its new owner in Anchorage, Alaska. The remarkable old-growth Brazilian rosewood back and sides came from a set given to the builder by his teacher 30 years ago.


wrc207: Beeswing Mahogany, extra-thin-bodied (15") Steel String
Unique "pancake" design for extra lightness and comfort, and a bright, quick responsive sound. Perfect for a smaller-sized person who likes a full-width guitar. Stunningly-figured, yet perfectly straight body woods.

 Sold

$3500.00 plus case and shipping

Neck Pattern-grade Honduras Mahogany,
14 frets to body
Purflings Bwb "rope" marquetry around top; no purflings around body
Top Premium-grade, silky Northern Redcedar, stored in shop 15 years. Bridge

Std. belly style, Ceylon ebony with abalone-dot, rosewood bridge pins in line parallel to sloped saddle

Back/
Sides
Straight-grained Mahogany with extremely rare, perfectly uniform curl figure called "beeswing" Tuners Chrome Schaller minis with pearloid buttons
Bindings Quartered white poplar with crystal figure Headpiece
Veneer
Beeswing Mahogany to match body, with Cumpiano logo
Finger
board
Ceylon ebony with white side-dots only (additional markers can be added to suit) Rosette First ring: bold bwb lines; Second ring: Herringbone circle bordered with bold bwb lines
Back
stripe
Curly Norwegian maple Heelcap Quartered Poplar to match binding
Nut width 1-11/16 inches String spacing @ bridge 2-1/8 inches Scale
length
25.4 inches Max. body depth 3-1/4 inches Max. Body width 15-1/8 inches

 


wrc210: Fiddleback Maple Jumbo 16" Steel String (12-fret neck)
Made of the finest fiddleback Maple, the powerful deep voice of this large 12-fret is ideal for a singer's accompaniment instrument

 Sold

$3500.00 plus case and shipping

Neck Pattern-grade Honduras Mahogany,
14 frets to body
Purflings Bold bwb lines bordering all plates
Top Premium-grade British Columbia Sitka spruce w. heavy silking. Stored in shop for over 15 years. Bridge

Std. belly style, Brazilian Rosewood with abalone-dot, fossilized walrus ivory bridge pins

Back/
Sides
Straight-grained fiddleback Maple, absolutely straight with perfectly uniform curl Tuners Chrome Schaller M6 full-size tuners with ebony buttons
Bindings Fiddleback Maple match to back and sides Headpiece
Veneer
Curly maple  to match body, with Cumpiano logo
Finger
board
Brazilian Rosewood with white side-dots and a combination of pearl and abalone dot markers on fingerboard face at 3,5,7,9,12,15 and 17 positions Rosette Three ring, bold bwb lines with Paua shell center ring.
Back
stripe
Paua shell bordered with bold bwb line Heelcap Curly Maple to match body and bindings
Nut width 1-13/16 inches String spacing @ bridge 2-1/4 inches Scale
length
25.4 inches Max. body depth 4-1/4 inches Max. Body width 16-1/8 inches

wrc204:Kingwood OM-style Guitar
Picture-perfect Kingwood and a German spruce top combine for a loud, clear, silky voice

Sold

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$4500.00 plus case and shipping

Neck Pattern-grade Honduras Mahogany,
14 frets to body
Purflings Black and white fiber "rope"
Top Bavarian Silver Spruce purchased 30 years ago Bridge Ceylon ebony with pearly-dot, antler horn bridge pins
Back/
Sides
picture-perfect Kingwood (dahlbergia retusa) Tuners Schaller minis with ebony buttons
Bindings White celluloid--one of the very few wrc's bound like this. Headpiece
Veneer
Matching Kingwood rosewood with Cumpiano logo
Finger
board
Ceylon ebony, white side-dots Rosette First ring: fine bwb lines; Second ring: Herringbone circle bordered with fine bwb lines; Third ring: fine bwb lines
Back
stripe
Paua snail shell strip inlay Heelcap White celluloid
Nut width  1- 3/4 inches String spacing @ bridge 2-5/16 inches Scale
length
25 inches Max. body depth 4-1/8 inches Max. Body width 14-1/8 inches


Wrc204 finished and ready to ship to its new owner.


Cocobolo Rosewood Concert Steel String Guitar                                00-size 14-fret neck; Back, sides, fingerboard, peghead veneer and bridge cut from single plank of Cocobolo rosewood
Original cocobolo sapwood body and fingerboard bindings, heelcap and back centerseam
$3500.00 plus casee

Sold

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Hawaiian Koa Ditson-template Parlor Guitar   (wrc225)       

Made from original 1912 Ditson Grand Concert template (courtesy Dick Boak, Martin Guitars)
Hawaiian Koa back and sides, Honduras mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard. Flamed maple bindings
Sitka Spruce soundboard
$3200.00 plus case

 Sold

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Mid 2007, a young Britisher visiting my town of Northampton walked into my shop, was taken with the sound and the unusual shape and bought it. Below we see the Ditson recreation just before it took off to England.


wrc253: Hawaiian Koa Ditson-template Parlor guitar
Obviously, I love making these: I love how they feel so comfortable against my body, I love their unexpected loudness--but never with the familiar tinny ring so characteristic of the stiff, over-structured parlor guitars of the early thirties. The Koa version of this historic model is especially warm and inviting to play. This size and shape configuration is so appealing, I'm betting that if I can put enough of these out there, it will surely start a revival.

Sold




$3750.00 plus case and shipping

Neck Pattern-grade Honduras Mahogany,
12 frets to body
Purflings Black and white fiber "rope" on top; no other purflings around body and back
Top Premium-grade, pure white British Columbia Englemann Spruce Bridge Traditional "spanish-style" pyramid-ends ebony bridge with ebony bridge pins--each pin with a brass-bordered pearl dot inlay
Back/
Sides
Figured Hawaiian Koa Tuners Waverly "vintage style" 3-on-a-plate with black acetate buttons
Bindings Curly Rock Maple Headpiece
Veneer
Matched Hawaiian Koa
Finger
board
Ebony with white side-dots only (additional markers can be added to suit) Rosette First ring: fine bwb lines; Second ring: Paua snail circle bordered with fine bwb lines
Back
stripe
Paua snail shell strip inlay Heelcap Curly Rock Maple, matches bindings
Nut width 1-13/16 inches String spacing @ bridge 2-5/16 inches Scale
length
25.0 inches Max. body depth 4-1/8 inches Max. Body width 13.5  inches

Macassar Ebony OM-style Guitar  (wrc220)      

 Sold

Back, sides, fingerboard, headstock and bridge from same original plank of Macassar ebony
Curly Maple bindings, ebony bridge pins
Pacific redcedar soundboard
$3800.00 plus case

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East Indian Rosewood Jumbo Twelve-String Guitar          

Unique "pancake" design for under-arm comfort and focused 12-string tone. Loud, powerful, penetrating. East Indian Rosewood back and sides, Honduras mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard; Maple bindings. Englemann soundboard

$3500.00 plus case

 Sold

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The unusual "thin twelve" was purchased by a Barbadan pilot. This is what it looked like just before it was shipped: