About the Instrument
This is a copy of a Louis Panormo, the premier builder of guitars "in the Spanish style" in London in 1830. I had an original one in the shop a few years ago and made an accurate drawing before it went to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for the "Dangerous Curves" exhibit. Ours is made of prime old Brazilian rosewood for the sides and back, just like many early guitars were constructed - both for sound and beauty. The top is a fine grained fir finished with bees wax and polished to a luster. The neck is ebonized mahogany and the headstock is maple like the original. The soundhole is surrounded with pearl and the bridge tails are inlaid. It has a fan braced top for superior overtone development, and has a carbon graphite reinforcement in the neck. The fingerboard is Brazilian rosewood and has EVO gold frets. The strap pins are hand turned fossil mammoth ivory and placed in the old traditional places, so a string can be run between them and the guitar can be hung on a coat button. This is a wonderfully open sounding instrument and a pleasure to play. It comes with our handmade reproduction wooden case finished in deep green like the original.