Here is a nice Nautilus, transverse-braced Sitka spruce over solid ribbon padauk with figured maple accents. The block inlays are jarrah burl. A stunning, very responsive and rewarding instrument to play. Like an old Gibson A model, but with more power and clearer trebles.
Nautilus Base Price as of Spring 2015 ($3000) + upgrades as listed below
Sitka spruce top, natural blonde finish
Nouveau Oval hole with traditional transverse brace.
Multi-layer Gabon ebony and padauk rosette
Gabon ebony headstock overlay with curly maple Jacobson script inlay.
1.375″ block depth
Ribbon figure quartersawn padauk back, natural finish
5-piece padauk neck w/ curly maple and black center laminations
Compound radius Gabon ebony fretboard w/ small dot markers side of fretboard.
Jarrah burl block inlays on 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th, and 15th fret, maple inlay at 12th fret
1 1/8″ nut width, standard compound radius
Zero fret w/ black phenolic string spacer
C shaped neck, slender profile and lightly varnished “semi speed neck”
.080″ x .040″ frets (“Banjo frets”)
Modern thin varnish finish
There is no plastic binding — the padauk sides, maple and black sides act as binding
The fretboard is unbound, but feels just like a bound neck (undercut fret tangs, and the fret slots do not
extend to the edge)
Jacobson ebony bridge base, ebony saddle compensated for D’Addario J73’s or J74’s
Jacobson engraved brass tailpiece with ebony frame
Gloss black nickel and brass Rubner tuning machines with Teflon bearings and pearloid buttons