The original guitar was constructed with a short neck. I thought this arrangement was impractical so I increased the string length to 65.5 cm. This allowed for one more fret on the neck.
The bridge on the MFA Checchucci is a modern replacement. I didn't find the trident motif convincing, but I did want to retain something of the guitar's aesthetic at this point.
So I borrowed Jacopo's design of the top part of the rear arabesque to serve as the inspiration for the moustache of my bridge.
The triple stringing lines frame every element of the guitar's construction.
Except for the horizontal lines on the side ribs the triple stringers are part of the aesthetics of the original guitar.
I was fascinated with the design of the peghead and I described its construction in detail in a post on March 11, 2014.
I think the grainy Kingwood figure gives an organic touch to the peghead's geometry.
Although I seldom do this type of work, I think my favorite (and most challenging) part of building this guitar was making the borders. I had to figure out the new techniques for cutting, shaping and aligning the individual pieces. There were problems along the way but it all worked out.
All photos by the author.