Materials: Walnut, Maple, Spruce, Mahogany,
Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer
25.4 inch scale
Always looking for new challenges and experiences in my work. Building guitars is a recent adventure. I have always said a woodworkers best friend is his music during the long lonely hours in the shop. Woodworking and Music can be similar as a form of personnel expression. I have learned that music and woodworking transcends generations as many of my high school woodworking students are currently building acoustic and electric guitars. We are learning together like all woodworking disciplines. Lutherie has its own nuances, tricks, specialty tools, materials and learning curve. Hope you enjoy the two variations.
The guitars on display are combinations of styles and techniques which have intrigued me. The cutaway style seems to be all the rage today. Lutherie tradition dictates certain materials for each component of a guitar. I am interested in discovering for myself how the material selection effects sound and tone. The guitar industry is one of the largest consumers of rare figured woods. The maple and walnut in the two guitars displayed was taken from boards in my lumber pile. The group picture is of a recent group of my students completing their guitars.