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Here’s a little preview of what’s coming…I can’t wait!!!

Karelian Birch Double Chambered

Karelian Birch
Double Chambered

Here’s a little preview of what’s coming…

Karelian Birch Double Chambered

Karelian Birch
Double Chambered


It seemed like forever, but it finally happened. Number One is done!!

There are a few things I’d do differently for the next ones, and I have 5 bodies in my closet that have a major change included already, but all in all, this was a smashing success.

  • The P90’s sound like chiming bells, or like mean crunchy things, and a whole lot in between.
  • The sustain is literally forever, I think I somehow tapped into perpetual motion somehow. This is the first guitar I have to palm mute. (Might be the quality of my Dot Studio?)
  • It can be played as an acoustic. I know what you’re thinking, and no, I don’t mean it sounds like a Martin, but I can play this in a small room for friends and family without plugging in.
  • the thing is beautiful. Not like Clapton’s “I want a guitar that can hang in a museum” beautiful, but “wow, I want to play that” beautiful. Tony at Luthier’s workshop did the tobacco spit and setup.

The list of thanks you’s are predictable, but you don’t get from an idea to done without enablers. Here is a list of mine:

  • God gave me the talent and the opportunity to use it in woodworking.
  • My wife believed I could do it and trusted me to pull it off.
  • My dad was my first shop teacher, showing me how to be a traditionalist outside the box.
  • Brian and Al gave let me try out my ideas after hours.
  • Tony gave me some legitimate luthier horsepower to back up my woodworking.

So here are some pics, the next set are underway and I can’t wait to see how they turn out! If you want to see the whole set, here’s a link to the rest of the pics.

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I have been killer busy at work, but it has become more “job” than I realized. I decided some time ago that all my energy at work was doing nothing for my boys at home so I found a few discarded guitars and went to work – dis-assembly, repair, reassembly, sale – all with the little ones watching and helping when they could.

Well, that was step one as it turns out. I have embarked on a hobby that may turn a profit someday – building new guitars from scratch. After admiring a well-known brand name guitar through the window, I made the mistake of going in and picking it up. I was surprised at the poor quality of the “fit and finish” of their product – so much so that I said out loud – “I could do better than this”. I thought about that on the way home and decided to give it a go.

Currently, I have 4 bodies in various stages of completedness. One is promised to a friend who will play it so well everyone will want one. One is for me and I have been collecting the various bits and pieces for it as the budget allows. The other two are going together slowly – more budget issues – but I was just able to purchase the last of the hardware yesterday.

Apart from the setbacks of car repairs, home repairs and other financial burdens, I am pleased with the progress so far. I have been able to hook up with an old-school luthier who has a project of his own that I can help with, so I am bartering his skillset for mine. He has liked the bodies I’ve made to the point of offering to sell them in his shop. Step by step, this is taking on life!

If you or someone you know would like a great custom guitar for what you’d pay for off the shelf, give me a shout.

First one of many?

First of many?


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