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Our oud construction begins by the choice of the best kinds of "seasoned" or "kiln-dried" wood such as rosewood, walnut, mahogany, ebony, erable. They are used for the back, whereas other kinds of wood like pine, or spruce, or cedar wood are used for the top (soundboard).

The wood is stored in our warehouse for at least seven years, sometimes the wood stays in the warehouse for 13 years before it is used for oud manufacturing, its quality improves because the variations of temperature and humidity renders it dryer and more stable.

Our production of oud is quite hand made, we also manufacture on custom made. Each oud is unique in its serial number, tone, appearance, color. The production of one oud lasts one month sometimes lasts more, that depends to its model, design, decoration and to the delicate care doing by Nazih in each step of manufacturing to get an excellent oud.

The Top (Soundboard)
The top is made of the best quality of umblemished,quarter-sawn,bookmatched (two pieces) well seasoned, straight-grained pine or spruce or cedar wood. The soundboard is strengthened by a pattern of struts or braces on its inside (type Nazih Ghadban) which allows it to vibrate in order to produce the best tone .The rosettes are the decorative inlay around the sound holes, they are hand made with a series wood veneers which may be in natural colors or dyed in boiling water to provide contrasting colors.

The Back
The bowl is made of at least15 ribs of hard wood sawn 3mm of thickness, bent with water and fire and joined around the mould of the oud.

The Neck, Head, Tuning Head
The neck is made of hard wood such as mahogany, walnut, rosewood, erable. The head is made from five pieces of wood with twelve conical holes which allows to the tuning head staying stable. Nazihs signature is used as logo on each of Nazih Ghadban´s hand made oud. Each oud is a unique work of art and an instrument of real distinction which has own serial number. Nazih finishes the construction of the oud painting it with the best quality of varnish which provides a good resonance and tone quality.

At the end he plays each new oud, listening to it, observing it, checking, and examining gaps to eliminate.