Under Construction

Under Construction

The site is always “Under Construction”, but here are some instruments which are also coming along.!  In the gallery now are a wenge guitar, a mahogany guitar and a hickory mandola showing some construction details.  The finished instruments will be posted soon.

I’ve got a bluegrass banjo under construction too.

I’ve got a bluegrass banjo under construction too.

I’m building a maple Masteretone-style bluegrass banjo with all the Mastertone-style hardware from Stewart MacDonald:  Flathead tone ring, coordinator rods, Kerschner tailpiece, 5-Star tuners, except for two real Keith tuners for those who love to do the D-tuning thing.  The resonator is curly maple, and the neck is birds eye figured hard maple.  This is … Continue reading

The beginnings of an Australian blackwood parlor guitar

The beginnings of an Australian blackwood parlor guitar

The back of the blackwood guitar Austalian blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) is almost identical to Hawaiian koa (Acacia koa). This stuff comes from a fellow luthier, Tim O’Dea, who lives in Corindi Beach, New South Wales (Australia). I traded some red cedar tops for several blackwood back and side sets. It was a good deal for … Continue reading