Photos of each stage are on OneDrive - click on the photos for the link.
The significant difference in the construction of this guitar is the heat bent dome in the soundboard - sometimes called the "pliage" (pleat / fold in French).
Soundboard - European Spruce, 2.2mm thick .
Sides & back - East Indian Rosewood
Neck - American Walnut, scale length 640mm. A slim, modern design and using the Cumpiano bolted mortise & tenon neck / body joint.
Fingerboard - Ebony
Binding - Rosewood - much easier to heat bend than the ebony bindings used last time.
Finish - French polished with transparent Shellac.
Tuners - enclosed gold plated Schaller.
Sound - brighter, louder and more responsive than the first Maccaferri guitar. I am guessing that this is due to the heat bent top making the soundboard stiffer.
After experimenting with different bridges it seems this can have a significant effect -
*The guitar was constructed over a period of 2 years.
The guitar is now on sale at Hobgoblin Music (Bristol)
"New Selmer Maccaferri luthier alert ! Peter Davies came in with this lovely guitar he'd built. It's a grande bouche 12 fret, with a rosewood body, spruce top, walnut neck, ebony fingerboard and bridge. It's fitted with an Ashworth pickup, Schaller tuners and a Killy Nonnis tailpiece. He has absolutely nailed the sound, and this guitar is as good as any D-Hole I've played, and is easily better than many of the famous names. This is only his third instrument, and you should definitely try it! £1500 and worth every penny!"