So now that I have firmly planted myself in the world of guitarmaking, I recently decided to design my dream acoustic, which I will be collecting the wood and material for over the next few years. I am planning to work with Martin Guitars for this build but everything will be to my specs, just with the martin logo on it . I wonder how much of the build process they will let me be a part of, we shall see in the next 5-10 years . A lot of this guitar will be made with wood on the CITES appendices, and because I am a passionate environmentalist and a environmentally concious woodworker, I won't dare go through with a purchase until I have CITES certificates. A lot of the white parts on this guitar will be Mammoth Ivory, which I expect will be very expensive, and probably the first thing I am going to save up for. Here's what I got Guitar will be a 000-45 will be held together with hide glue to facilitate easy repair and upkeep Austrian Alpine spruce top, quartersawn, air dried and aged at least 5 years (aging wood is a violin makers thing that I have carried over into guitars) Austrian Alpine spruce bracing (I haven't decided about a bracing pattern yet) Kerfing (I have no idea what was traditional with the 1890s and 1900s martins, I know the 000-45 wasn't around back then, but I want to mix Martin's golden age designs with their historical features, at any rate, I will likely do Cuban Mahogany) Old Growth Quartersawn Brazilian Rosewood back and sides with CITES certificates (I know a guy who deals in brazilian rosewood stumps with certificates, hopefully he can custom saw me a piece that is quartersawn ) 1 piece quartersawn Spanish Cedar neck with CITES certificate Dovetailed neck joint Madagascar Ebony fingerboard, quartersawn and black as coal with CITES certificate (does Gilmer woods carry certificates?) Madagascar Ebony bridge, quartersawn, CITES certified Brazilian Rosewood headstock overlay Mammoth Ivory outer binding (just like the pre 1914 martins, except mammoth instead of elephant) Paua Abalone and Madagascar Ebony inside binding Paua Abalone hexagonal position markers Mammoth Ivory heel cap Mammoth Ivory fingerboard binding Mammoth Ivory headstock binding Mammoth Ivory nut Mammoth Ivory saddle Mammoth Ivory bridge pins with abalone dots bordered by Ebony I have no idea what I am going to to with the frets, bar wire or fret wire? Which is easier to refret?