Louis found a matching rosewood blank from which we made a new bridge with a compensated vintage bone saddle.
We replaced the damaged finish after much sanding and staining to remove blotches and discoloration not visible in the pictures.
This wood has natural oils which sometimes interfere with instrument finishes. After several recoats and wet-sanding we rubbed out the final coats and were absolutely blown away by the way it looked...
The light center area on the new top is the natural coloration of the spruce; it has no effect on the tone, and it sounds incredible.
There is also a substantial amount of "bearclaw" figuring, which is more apparent from certain angles.
When we played the guitar we both knew that it had been worth all the effort and expense!