I’ve long been an admirer of Nick Benjamin’s Scoop semi cutaway. When I was asked if I could make one I went and discussed it with Nick who not only was happy for me to copy his idea but gave me a lot of help with how best to implement it.
photos by Kris Pawlowski
This guitar is in Ziricote and spruce with, as usual, a mahogany neck. Ziricote is a Central American timber that looks stunning – look at those ribs where they meet the tail graft – and sounds pretty good too with the bright richness of high end rosewood. The offcuts from the back make a very distinctive head veneer. I was pretty sad to see this one go!