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.
A mandola is the mandolin family equivalent to a viola in the violin family. It is generally tuned a fifth below standard mandolin pitch. People can hate them since the longer scale requires a greater reach on the fingerboard. This one has a fir top, and a hickory back and sides. I’m thinking of naming … Continue reading
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
This is a maple banjo with a Whyte Laydie tone ring for that wonderful old-time sound. This is a substantial instrument – quite an armful since it is made of maple, and has lots of hardware. That tone ring has some substance! It has an armrest, 5-Star planetary tuners, a No-knot tailpiece, some inlay (see the … Continue reading
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