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Bruce West Cutaway Classical Brazilian Rosewood, 2016


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Here we have a Bruce West Cutaway Classical, built during 2016 in Sterling, Ontario with a hundred year old Spruce top and Brazilian Rosewood sides and back.
Bruce West has been involved in musical instrument building for most of his life, starting at age 12 with a bench at Geo. Heinl’s workshop in Toronto. In his teens he also played guitar for Ronny Hawkins! Friends with Jean Larrivee, Bruce built relationships with all the now-prominent builders who went through the Larrivee Toronto shops. He was also friends and partners in some wood ventures with Darryl Williams, who specialized in baroque instruments and classical guitars. I worked with Darryl William for some years prior to The Twelfth Fret.

This Bruce West Cutaway Classical, like the 2021 non-cutaway classical, features an Alpine Spruce top.
Here’s Bruce describing how he acquired this Spruce, which he has been using for many years:

“Back in the 1970’s when I had a few bucks in my pocket, Jose Romanillos came to Toronto for a guitar making workshop. Thats where I met him and he told me about a Mr. McCurdy who was a retired cello maker in the south of England. When Alex McCurdy was an apprentice, his mentor took him to the alps in Switzerland and they selected the most promising spruce tree they could find. they cut it into billets and shipped it back to England. McCurdy’s job as an apprentice was to hand split and sticker the prize to air dry..

I immediately got in touch with McCurdy and found out that he had some of that batch of wood left so I bought it all.
The bottom line is, the wood is about 100 years old and is from the same tree as the one that Romanillos used for his finest guitars, as played by Julian Bream.”

For the back, sides bridge and head plate, this Bruce West Cutaway Classical uses a Brazilian Rosewood set harvested in the 1960s, and purchased in Quebec in 1977. CITES permits are available. The body blocks and neck are Mahogany and the fingerboard is Ebony. The finish on this guitar, like most others Bruce West builds, is hand-applied violin varnish.
The original Everest hard shell case is included.

Price: $6,850.00 CAD
  • Model: Cutaway Classical
  • Year: 2016
  • Finish Violin Varnish
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: 16-2 IHS, built during 2016 in Sterling, Ontario
  • Country of Origin: Canada
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 09/12/2021

  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 3.608lbs 1.64kg
  • Scale Length: 25.59in 650mm
  • Nut Width: 2.102in 53.40mm
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