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OM Higuerilla/Italian Spruce


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I picked up the ambrosia Maple featured on the head plate, rosette, end wedge, and heel cap many years ago because it had such striking figure to it. I custom-designed and made the rosette from it for this guitar (and had a lot of fun doing it!). Sustain is long, and it speaks loudly or softly, depending on what you are trying to say with it musically. This is one of those guitars that is very balanced, making it capable of covering fingerstyle as well as flat-picking all the way up the neck with no problems.

It comes with documentation from when it was exhibited at the South Carolina State Fair this past fall of 2021.


  • Top: Italian Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Higuerilla
  • Neck: Mahogany with carbon fiber reinforcements on either side of the truss rod
  • Fretboard: Ziricote
  • Nut and Saddle: Dyed bone
  • Binding: Figured Maple
  • Purfling: Single-line Walnut on the top
  • Headplate: Ziricote “wings” surrounding ambrosia Maple center strip bordered by white/brown/white wooden purfling strips
  • Bridge: Ziricote
  • Bridge pins: Galalith with paua abalone eye
  • Tuning Machines: Gotoh with ebony-looking plastic buttons
  • Body Finish: Tru-oil, open-pore
  • Frets: 21 nickel/silver
  • Lower Bout Width: 16”
  • Body Depth: 4 3/64” at end wedge; 3 5/8” at the heel
  • Scale Length: 25.4”
  • Nut Width: 1 95/128” (1 3/4”, essentially)
  • String Spacing at Nut: 1 35/64”
  • String Spacing at Bridge: 2 23/128”
  • Case: Ameritage AME-10 Silver OM

Here's an audio clip of the Italian Spruce/Higuerilla OM

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