I started playing the guitar when I was 14 years old. When my Dad bought me my first classical guitar, a Yamaha G-230 (that I still have!) from black market guitars in San Francisco I was thrilled. I remember looking at the mahogany back, wondering about the workmanship and incredible quality of the wood. 21 years later I commissioned my first custom-made guitar. The idea, from the beginning was to use woods grown on our farm, initially I thought we would use some of our plantation Mahogany or Rosewood, but my Dad suggested we do something more experimental. “Why not Hormigo?” he said. Hormigo, Platymiscium dimorphandrum, is a rich gold and brown tropical hardwood, what was intriguing about his idea however is that in Guatemala it is considered the finest tonewood for marimbas. Naturally then, we thought it would make a good guitar.
With the decision made, we had a piece cut with our Hudson bandsaw, and sent it over to my friend Chris Cosgrove, wood buyer for Taylor guitars in California. I gave them the specifications and a few weeks later we received this beauty in the mail. The tone is beautiful and rich, and I’ll let the images speak to the quality of the finish.
For more information about our tonewood plantation please visit: izabalagroforest.com
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