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October 2016

It’s been a while, and quite frankly I never thought I would write another update. But now, 2 years after I had let it be known that I have retired, I’m sitting down to do just that. I couldn’t just let the site go on as it was because some of the information is by now very much outdated. Also I think the purpose of the site is changing, from informing about my newest work as luthier to one that’s more of a historical document of a nearly retired guitar maker.

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The view from my workshop window

The view from my workshop window

I’ve selected this picture because we did have a spectacular fall this year, the intense orange and reds of the maples were truly breathtaking. Also because the fall is the usual start of my guitar building season. It’s the shift from summertime activities to settling into my work of building guitars

For over 45 years I’ve looked up from my work bench to see this scenery change from the colors of the fall to the white of the winter months and the new green of springtime. It’s a seasonal and work cycle I’ve experienced so many times and I’m sure it has some influence on the guitars I’ve built in this space.

I sometimes wonder if I would have had such a long and fulfilling career as a luthier had I not lived out here. And so, a big “thank you” to my many customers who allowed me to stay here and create my instruments in this beautiful and peaceful landscape.

Since that last update in 2012 I’ve slowed down quite a bit and in the last years I’ve averaged just three guitars a season. Most of these were built to order but some of them I built just to try out new ideas, like this steel string fan-fret baritone guitar.

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2014 Fan-Fret Baritone

2014 Fan-Fret Baritone

The idea of longer bass strings and shorter trebles appealed to me for a while but I was concerned about the extreme slant to the bridge and how that affects the x-bracing of the top. I shouldn’t have worried, it all worked out quite naturally once I drew up the bracing plan. Actually it worked out so well, that I’ve built another one to order in the following year.

This year’s orders include a 17” Archtop and a Flamenco guitar, and since I have a bit of extra time I plan to add another 16” Archtop into the mix.

I’m very tempted to experiment with building a fan fret Classical Baritone guitar. I’m looking for that round, full and expressive sound of classical guitar basses. I can already hear it and hope that I will find the time to build one during this season.

At this time I have no instruments for sale but by the late spring of 2017 the Archtop or the Classical Baritone might just be listed in The Collection page

Just a note: all of my previous “What’s New” ramblings can be found in the Archives