This has topped our nicest harp guitar chart as having the most bling. Featuring Mother of Pearl Vine of Life on the fret board and peg head, Dr. Stephenson also opted for his signature inlayed in the harp head.
It also features a select redwood top, mahogany back/sides/neck, maple binding, and east Indian rosewood fret board and head veneers.
The harp head signature inlay was done using laser engraving/cutting and laminated pearl sheets. Its an easy way to get intricate designs cut quickly and tightly inlayed with very little gaps fill.
The fret board and guitar peg head inlays were hand cut pearl, but we used the laser engraver to “raster” cut the pocket. It essentially works like an inkjet printer but with a CO2 laser head that burns instead of prints ink. Speed and intensity can be adjusted to determine the depth of the pocket. In this case I had it set to the slowest setting at full power and still ran the path twice to get the pocket deep enough for the 1.5mm pearl to fit nicely into.