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Rosettes!
by Chris Herrod, LMI Sales Manager

It’s possible that the common use of a rosette on guitars arose from a desire to reinforce the delicate area around the soundhole but with the employment of a soundhole reinforcement patch inside the box, it’s best to view them as a purely cosmetic and traditional component.

Some guitarmakers give special emphasis to the rosette, using it as a type of builder’s ‘signature’. Others keep it simple.

Regardless of your approach, LMI has you covered. Nowhere on earth will you find a greater selection of options to help you adorn your soundhole! Here’s an overview:

Classical Marquetry: These are composed of hundreds of small, dyed sticks. We carry a wide array of attractive, traditional designs some of which are based on designs by the great Spanish masters. You will also find the traditional herringbone steel string rosette here. We offer a sub-category of handmade rosettes from Russia which extend your options with vivid, detailed designs. Finally, we carry rosettes sticks in three sizes and all the important colors for those who want to make this kind of rosette themselves.

Shell: Steel string guitars often have an abalone shell ring around the soundhole and then two rings of black/white/black material, one inside and one outside. We offer Abalam shell material or pure shell slab (both have pros and cons, described on our website). We also have ‘Zipflex’ strips that are perfect for rosettes and simple to install. The black/white/black lines come from our purfling section, and there you will find lots and lots of options for layer composition, thicknesses, and materials.

Solid wood: We are now manufacturing a growing variety of solid wood rosettes. Though not a traditional look, it is one which is compatible with the modern, wood centered aesthetic found on many handmade guitars these days —and they are easy to install.

Paper Label: We get calls from time to time from people looking for the paper label rosettes you commonly find on less expensive instruments. We do not carry these. For the most part, we think these are usually produced within the factories that use them on their guitars, so they are hard to find.

 

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Tor-Tis Pickguards

 Each pickguard is 
custom-made.

The one you order
is the one you get.

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Redwood Soundboards
Beautiful and different!

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We have a wide variety of bending and repair blankets to choose from.

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ROCKLITE® Engineered Composite

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New Sapele Sets
Photos of  every set

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New!
Classical DIY Necks
We've done the hard stuff!

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New!
Richlite Fingerboards and
Bridge Blanks

  BSRWSSUS453 We now have photographs of      Indian Rosewood sets for you to choose from!
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New Khaya Back & Side Sets
We have a wide selection to choose from with photos of each set.  A great substitute for Mahogany for our international customers.  

 

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The LMI Top-Secret Wood Vault!
by Chris Herrod, LMI Sales Manager

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It’s time for us to be honest with you and come clean about all the great woods we have hidden away.

Many people call us and ask about our ‘special woods’ -the woods that are not shown on the website because we have them stowed away in our secret vault. Usually, people think that we have set aside these woods for our ‘more important’ customers. Some customers say “I know you can’t advertise your Brazilian Rosewood because of all the restrictions”. And we will hear comments like “I saw So-and-So’s guitar at a show with beautiful Madagascar Rosewood back and sides, and he said he got it from LMI. But this wood is not on your website, so it must be in your reserved inventory”. Some people wonder if LMI stores away some woods as an investment so that they can slowly increase in value as the species grows more and more rare with the passing years.

Customers sometimes ask us “who do I need to speak to at LMI to get access to the private reserve woods?” or “do I need to provide credentials to establish myself as worthy of the most precious woods”?  Another common comment is “I am just a beginner, so I am happy to just order from the website” with the assumption being that the ‘big name’ luthiers have a special inside connection to the rare, endangered materials.

People have a pretty rich image in their minds of all the valuable woods that we might have vaulted away from prying eyes, so it is disappointing when we tell them, in all truthfulness, that absolutely everything that we have for sale is on the website. Nothing is kept aside.

All the woods we are painstakingly preparing in the woodshop will go to the website. Not just in terms of species or grade, but size also. We do not store a cache of lumber from which we are able to saw up special sizes on a one-off basis. We are very thorough, so what doesn’t end up as neck blanks or back and side sets (for example) are turned into other parts -or are simply discarded for being too small or unusable. There are no fruitful scraps that we can sell inexpensively. Everything for sale is on the web!

And it’s true what we say about Brazilian Rosewood. We do not carry it because it is basically impossible to do so legally.

 It would be a preposterous undertaking for us to allow only certain customers access to our finest products. By what standards would we vet our customers fairly? And of course, it would be a pretty poor business model if we did not advertise (put on the web) the goods we want to sell.

LMI is receiving special products and beautiful woods all the time. Now that most of these woods are photographed and sold individually on the web (our ‘select a set’ program) it’s true that sometimes the really desirable pieces sell quickly.

And who will buy them? Those dedicated and patient customers who routinely revisit the LMI website in the hopes of finding something magical. With a little persistence, they are rarely disappointed!

 

    PGTOR7143-2

Tor-Tis Pickguards

 Each pickguard is 
custom-made.

The one you order
is the one you get.

  PGTOR1628 2   PGTOR2388 2
     PGTOR4658 2 PGTOR5360 2
 
 FEATURED ITEMS
  TRDSSSKST008 front

Redwood Soundboards
that will astound you!

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LMI Guitar Festival Tees close-out priced at $3.00!
-While supplies last-

  FINGERBOARDSRockliteSQUARE200

ROCKLITE® Engineered Composite

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Birdseye Maple Necks!
...with a photo of each neck

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Beautiful Indian Laurel

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New!
Richlite Fingerboards and Bridge Blanks

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New Khaya Back & Side Sets
We have a wide selection to choose from with photos of each set.  A great substitute for Mahogany for our international customers.  

 

CanadaFlag300   CanadaFlag300Due to the new CITES rulings on Rosewood, LMI now offers 
   Select Rosewood parts in Canada with no extra cost.  

 

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