Build Diary| David Wren | Concert Guitar Alpine/ Cocobolo
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I have always loved the older Larrivees and over the years have come across several of David Wren’s old guitars. Balance and response in spades have been their hallmark and suffice to say my appetite for a Wren grew year after year as I played more and more great sounding Wrens. His concerts have been very very consistent and the tone from even the simpliest of Sitka/ Mahogay combinations has been great.
Throw in David’s delicate inlay work and I always knew a Wren would be on the cards soon. I just had to wait for the right used one to come along as David was still heavily involved in the 12fret and not building. The stage was really set when David returned to lutherie in 2009 last year and started taking orders again!
I jumped at the chance to order a new Wren and after some consultation with David, settled on his impressive Concert model and the following specs:
- Concert model
- Venetian rounded Cutaway
- Top: European Alpine Spruce
- Back: Figured “cloud” Cocobolo (from my stash)
- Nut width: 1 3/4″
- Scale: 25.4″
- Tuners: Gotoh 510s
- Modern assymetrical frequency compensated ebony bridge
- Bone bridge pins
- Modern assymetrical fingerboard extension (matches radius of peghead)
- ebony body body binding
- Modern assymetrical peghead shape with Wren inlay on front veneer
- Tuners: Gotoh 510 tuners : antique gold finish with ebony buttons
- Matching peghead backstrap
- Simplified small Wren inlay at 12th fret position on ebony fingerboard : side dots
As a fan of his inlays I had to get a signature Wren inlay, but instead of having at the 5th fret, David’s usual placement, he kindly agreed to inlay it onto the headstock and have a matching simplified inlay at the 12 fret.
The cocobolo from my personal stash is a highly figured set with tight, small burly areas and cut just off the quarter. Some folks have called it “Cloud” figure, I just think it’s very pretty. Here’s a sneak preview of the completed guitar:
David has very kindly agreed to document the build process of this guitar. So without further ado, here starts the build diary:
David Wren: http://www.wrenguitarworks.com/
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