Rolly Brown's Tai Chi Guitar
Back and sides made from highy flamed Koa trimmed with Brazilian Rosewood. The face is made of Red Spruce. It has an armrest bevel for comfort and a sound port. Virginia has done extensive inlay with a bamboo design made out of Paua Abalone and Koa on the peghead. The Chinese characters on the fingerboard are made from Mother of Pearl and translate to Tai Chi.
Rolly has this to say about his Tai Chi Guitar: "I'm picky and demanding when it comes to guitars. I want my guitar to sound sweet and gentle on ballads, gutsy and gutteral on the blues. I want it to ring like a bell for bluegrass and sing out elegantly for swing and jazz. Most of all, I want it to be responsive and loud, so I don't have to struggle to get sound out of it. Only a handful of guitars I've ever played fulfill this requirement completely. My Ken Miller guitar is one of them, and it has a unique voice which somehow manages to sound traditional and/or modern as the music requires. In addition, it is simply a joy to hear and FEEL it resonate. The neck profile and setup are so perfect that I never even think about whether it's comfortable or not. In the bargain, it's a thing of beauty to behold (thanks in part to Virginia's amazing and tasteful inlay work), and it grows prettier every year as the face darkens. It is one purchase I've never regretted, and one of just a couple guitars which are definitely here for the duration."