Freight Train Parlor - 2008

Named after Freight Train by Elizabeth Cotten. The goal was to learn how to play that song and build a classical guitar. Some refer to this type of instrument as a crossover style nylon string guitar because the nut width is the same as a steel string OM and the body shape is a modified parlor guitar profile with a radiused fingerboard and Spanish heel construction. 

Without a shop, I took advantage of any work surface that was available at the time. It was at this point I knew guitar making was something I had to continue exploring.  This instrument led me to my shop today. 

Freight Train Parlor:
Scale: 21.125  •  Body Length: 12 •  Lower Bout: 3  •  Upper Bout: 3  •  Waist: 6  •   Depth at Neck: 3  •  Depth at Tail: 3.5


The body is made from a stunning set of Palo Escrito, Sitka Spruce top, bound with rosewood and inlaid with Maple and Indian Rosewood veneers.

The neck is Spanish cedar, capped with Indian Rosewood, topped with an Ebony fingerboard and finished with Grover steel string tuners. 

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