This guitar is as close to “green” – environmentally and socially responsible – as current practices allow. The back-and-sides are Narra – a wood that comes from the Solomon Islands, is similar to Koa, with a dazzling bees-wing figure and interlocking grain – which has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council that it was grown and harvested in (1) an environmentally responsible, (2) socially beneficial and (3) economically viable way. Similarly, the neck and peghead are FSC-Certified Mahogany.
Soundboard and fretboard materials are not presently FSC-Certified, so I used woods whose harvest have minimal environmental impact: the soundboard is AAA-grade Cedar, which is plentiful, while the 660mm-scale-length fretboard is Mesquite, which is classified as “an invasive weed”. The bridge and headplate are Ohi’a Lehua, which is a non-endangered Hawaiian wood.
The headplate inlay of a breaching Humpback Whale and my "JAD" logo was done by Craig Lavin Custom Inlays. The guitar is fitted with black Gotoh tuning machines with Ebony buttons. The peghead uses my proprietary Rear String Slot design; the soundboard uses my proprietary Projection Tuned™ BRACELESS “double soundboard” design licensed from RainSong; and the heel has my signature Abalone heelcap. The inside of the soundboard is signed, dated and numbered (#13) by me.
The guitar has a very bright tone, as well as a strong bass, and is set up for Flamenco playing with a very low action.