Guitar Making Tip Number 731 is about using the rosette area to showcase a little woodworking flair. If you are comfortable woodworking, then you can use the rosette to show a little skill without worrying about ruining the sound. Here is how.
Rosettes are a Beautiful Focal Point
This is a place that you can go a little over the top with in a safe way. The rosette does influence the sound to a point, because the stiffer area around the soundhole opening helps reduce vibration loss.
However, once you have something stiff in place around the soundhole, the look really doesn’t have much of an effect.
If you are a new guitar maker, and are struggling to learn woodworking at the same time, stick with a store bought or basic rosette and it will be a much easier process. However, if you are a woodworking master, then you really should make the rosette something to admire.
How to Make the Rosette Stand Out
One way to make the rosette stand out as a woodworker is to make it yourself. There is nothing more creative or unique than something you make yourself. If you spend some time looking online, there are many different designs that can inspire you.
Some people are really good at making rosettes that look like a bunch of pieces all glued together, almost like stained glass. All you have to do is make a bunch of small pieces, and fit them together on a base board. Cut out a ring from the board and you have your rosette.
Another great way is to try your hand at making a rosette from wooden sticks. You can buy colored wood rods that are very thin, and you use them to make mosaic tiles or an entire rosette log. This is high end stuff, and will take time no matter how much of a woodworking wizard you are. However, the results are literally amazing.
Take Your Time on the Rosette
If you are going to make the rosette a statement, be prepared to spend some time on that part of the project. There is no reason to attempt something amazing and then try to blast through it. A great looking rosette is going to take time.
The nice thing about guitar making though, is that time is something you have in abundance throughout the build. There is a lot of down time in guitar making. This is when the glue is drying in between steps. Here is where you can find free time to tackle longer projects.
In your down time while your glue ups are drying, there is a perfect opportunity to make a really nice rosette. After you advance the build to a stopping point, pull out your rosette making materials and get to work.
Guitar Making Tip No. 731 Wrap-Up
If you are looking to make a statement with your rosette, then spend some time looking at that you want to make. Plan it, install it, and show off a really nice custom feature that makes the guitar your own.
If you want to know about more places where you can add custom features safely, take a look at 25 Safe Places to Customize Your Guitar Without Altering the Tone. There are a lot of places where you can have some fun and not risk ruining your build.
If you have any questions about Guitar Making Tip No. 731, please leave a comment and I will be glad to answer them. Happy building.
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Tip No. 731 is from my book, 1,001 Acoustic Guitar Making Tips for Beginners, which has a thousand more great tips to get your first few builds on the right track. There is no secret to guitar making, just a lot of small things that you need to get right. These tips will help you.