Saturday, 25 November 2017

Karlijn Langendijk with the Fan Fret Semi Baritone




Sometimes a guitar takes its time to find the right home. My 2015 Fan Fret Semi Baritone stayed with me for more than 2 years. I build it without a commission but to try out different things I was interested about. I have kept it for myself at home most of the time.
But I took it to the International Guitarfestival in Freepsum this year to exhibit. There guitarist and composer Karlijn Langendijk got to play it and she made this guitar sing like no one else I have ever before heard playing it. Two months later she visited me in my shop and took it home. 
I am incredibly happy and proud that Karlijn now plays one of my instruments. I have been a huge fan of her playing and her music for so long! Hope it inspires you to write more beautiful music Karlijn!    

http://www.karlijnlangendijk.com/





Saturday, 21 October 2017

No. 20


Guitar No. 20 featuring a cedar top and European walnut back and sides. It is the first sunburst guitar I have build....but won't be the last.

The very first guitar I bought myself from money I saved from Christmas and birthday was a Johnson Dreadnought with a sunburst. I sold that later and bought and old 1984 Ibanez Jumbo. Also with a sunburst. This guitar later became my first "victim" after I started working with a luthier and needed to get my hands onto something and try French polishing. I sanded and scraped off the lacquer which was really thick and took forever. But the lacquer was gone and so was the burst and I would make my first experience with shellac. The polishing was no good but the guitar really improved and I was quite happy with it.
So after all this years without a sunburst guitar, again I needed one in my life.














Thursday, 5 October 2017

On the Couch


For those of you who missed the obligatory couch pictures. Here is some more of the short scale SJ 12 fret. Hope you enjoy them.







Monday, 2 October 2017

No.22


And the finished guitar No.22. This was a really interesting and enjoyable build and I will go back a little bit although I might repeat myself. So here's the story:
In 2016 I was approached by a guy asking me to build his dream guitar. He knew on point what he wanted in terms of body style, scale, neck width, and sound of course. His guitar should be a small jumbo with a short scale of 630 mm but with a neck/body joint at the twelth fret. A wide fretboard with 47 mm at the nut and 58 mm at the 12th fret. That would suit his fingerstyle playing.
For the sound we wanted very round trebles with less overtones than a rosewood. So we picked up a set of European Walnut and an Alpine spruce soundboard.
A year later he came and picked up his guitar (which is always a good day). I knew the sound I had achieved with the finished guitar would be somewhere in the ballpark of what he had described but it was so rewarding to see the smile in his face with the first strokes and notes he played on his new guitar. This is one of the best parts of being a luthier.
A few days later he wrote me mail saying he was very happy and it was exactly what he had hoped for. How fortunate I am to have customers like him who enable me to do the work that I love.No   





   






Finishing No.22


This guitar has already been picked up by the new owner so I am a bit behind with these pictures but I wanted to share them anyway. So more pictures of the finished guitar are following very soon.









Wednesday, 13 September 2017

No. 20


This is from two weeks ago. I managed to finish this guitar to bring it to the 7th International Freepsum Guitarfestival. Which was a blast and I had a really good time but I was so busy before I did not find the time to even post I'll be there.
This is guitar No. 20 and it was finished about two weeks from now. I must say that I definitely will buy more Walnut as soon as I can. The sound is very open right away, transparent and clear but still being very warm and round, especially the trebles.
These pictures show the finishing and the finished instrument. Hope you enjoy it.