Instrument Models

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Classical Guitar

Classical and Flamenco Guitars

Handmade in the tradition of the great masters / Hide Glue construction is optional

Standard finish is French Polish / Other finish options are available

Classical guitars starting at $2,500

 

Sunburst Archtop

Archtops

Construction based on the tradition of the violin/cello family

Archtop models starting at $3,500

 

Tenor Uke

Ukuleles

Incredible beauty and tone of the Hawaiian tropics, hand built to last a lifetime.

Uke models starting at $800

 

Dreadnaught Steel String honeyburst top

Dreadnaughts

Modern steel string guitars with traditional style and completely made by hand to maximize tone and responsiveness

Student model starting at $1,500

 

Custom Orders

The instruments I make are based on traditional guitar designs (replicas) or my own designs that are variations on traditional models. I build guitars to suit each individual player and customize each guitar to that musicians specifications. Everything is custom made including neck width, scale length, wood choices, inlays, purfling, and bindings. The tone and balance are shaped or modified with top thicknesses and tuned braces to bring out the instruments’ responsiveness, color, and reserve to the maximum potential.

I offer some very different modern instrument designs which will be developed into standard models in the coming years. I am only producing those models as custom orders at this time. Inquire by email or check back to see photos of new models.

 

Available for immediate sale

I build a few extra “standard models” occasionally which are then available for sale. Standard models are generally more affordable, but if a musician is interested in a custom instrument the cost is very close to or the same as the standard models.

The biggest difference with custom guitars is that it usually takes at least 3 – 6 months to complete the order. Some of the necessary requirements are to choose and acquire the wood, collect the information about what the musician wants, and then to build the instrument.

 

Payments

I offer various payment options for instrument orders. (Prices are in U.S. Dollars)

Contact by email for inquiries about instrument orders, payment options, or woodworking classes and private instruction. Some opportunities for apprenticeship may be available depending on skill level and previous woodworking experience.

 

Sound Terminology

Reserve: this refers to the potential volume of the instrument as the musician plays with more force. Playing softly (piano) should yield softer quieter tones and playing harder or very hard (fortissimo) should yield much louder volume and much more forceful tones. An instrument with no reserve sounds about the same no matter how hard or softly it’s played. When the sound of the tones begins to get distorted the maximum reserve has been reached. Playing any harder creates more distortion.

When an instrument has “endless reserve” it means the musician can play as hard as they want and the sound from the instrument will remain clear with minimal distortion.

 

Color: this describes an instruments ability to make a great variety of sound characteristics such as sounding more like a horn or a flute or a piano or simply the variations in sound by playing in different areas on the strings. Most musicians prefer to have an instrument that can be played with a great variety of “colors.” More colors in the music make the music more interesting to listen to.

Color is also referred to as “Dark or Light” in the guitar community which describes the character of the instrument in general. Darker instruments usually sound moody or dramatic and Lighter instruments are usually brighter or more percussive.

 

Responsiveness: this may seem obvious, but a stringed instruments response refers to the instruments ability to make a tone that is as immediate and forceful as the picking or strumming by the player. It is actually quite surprising for a musician to play a very sensitive instrument if they’re accustomed to playing factory made guitars which are generally “over built” to make them more durable.

 

Balance: this describes the relationship between the volume levels produced by each string in relation to each other. When an instrument is well balanced the volume of the pitches or tones produced by each string are close to the same. Tones are usually grouped into three categories; Treble, Mid-range, and Bass.