1968 Ignatio Fleta 
In the fall of 2003 British Columbia performing artist Tina Hebner asked if I could build her an auditorium guitar based on very specific needs.   She required a smaller fretboard yet did not want to loose the volume and tone of the larger concert guitars.

My guitars are generally based on the Hauser design, but Ignatiio Fleta's guitars are well know for there tone and volume.   I elected to go with a 636 mm string length using the fleta soundboard and body shape, reducing the body to 96%.

While the guitar has only been strung for two weeks, the volume clearly is louder than my Hauser.  Trebles are brilliant but still sweet, The basses don't boom like the Hauser, but this was expected given the string length.   In general the guitar has a very solid feel to it.   The Spruce top will take many months to develope its potential, but already the experiment was worth the effort.


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.You can see the difference between the Hauser and the Fleta soundboard
Hauser
Fleta
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The rossette, backstrip and bindings are all hand made, died maple.  This particular rosette contains 10,765 individual pieces and the backstrip, 8165.
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I utilize the "Greg Byers" system of intonation.  If you look closely you'll see the nut has been set back as well as the saddle.  A special thanks to Greg for helping me understand the system and a special thanks to  Master Luthier "Mick Lazar" out of Alberta for taking time to help me get the system working.