The BR-371 is based on the classic parlor guitars built in the early 20th Century when guitars were indeed played by ladies and gentlemen. Only the finest materials are used in the construction of this remarkable guitar. Select, solid Santos rosewood was chosen for the back and sides while the top is made of Select Solid Sitka spruce. Stunning, hand-inlaid strips of precisely-cut abalone shell outline the entire top and circle the sound-hole rosette. The grained ivoroid buttons on the tuning machines match the body binding on the body and neck. Rare, dense black ebony is used for the bridge and fingerboard. The smaller body size makes this instrument ideal for travel!