Sunday, 25 June 2017

The next batch

Here are some shoots of the progress with the next batch. I am building three guitars, an OM Western Red Cedar/Euro Walnut, a 12 fret SJ in German Spruce/Euro Walnut and my a Classical for Liedermacher Jakob Heymann build with Western Red Cedar/Indian Rosewood. All three very exciting builds I am looking forward to.
The first box, the OM, is closed already and it features my very first attempt to the floating back brace. An idea of luthier Jeff Traugott to help prevent the back to give in and flaten. Causing the need for a neck reset. It also helps to move the back as one unit. 

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

L-00 and V-00

The last batch of guitars I have finished include 3 guitars. 2 of them are these 2 very different 00 size guitars that are models L-00 and V-00. The L-00 is based on the famous Gibson 40's L-00 Nick Lukas model and the V-00 is my own interpretation of a modern Parlor with the same size as the Gibson model.
Both guitars were commissioned by the Guitar Basar in Osnabrück and they gave me a lot of freedom to do what I though would be right. A wonderful situation to know you are trusted that much and having the possibility and the responsibility to build what I would be excited about. I chose to use the L-00 model and try and have my own take as well as a very traditional take on it. These guitars are the results.  

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Guitars of the Month

A few days ago Peter Finger picked up the new guitars from my workshop in Oldenburg. I am super excited that he chose to make them "guitar(s) of the month".
For those who cannot understand German these are my latest Parlor models V-00 and L-00 that I wrote about in the previous posts and they are made of German Alpine Spruce/ Apple wood and Cedar/Zirikote. Both feature a Honduran Mahoganie neck and ebony fingerboard and details. Enjoy and Happy Easter!!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Finish sanding

I've been into finishing for some weeks now and it gets pretty exciting to be getting nearer and nearer having these guitars ready for strings. But there is still plenty of work ahead. Here are some pictures of the finish sanding I'd like to share. Right now I am lacquering and will be done with that soon I hope. Probably another one or two weeks.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Neck carving time

Time to carve some necks. This is a one of the jobs I enjoy the most about the hole process of making a guitar. And I love to do it with hand tools. It gives me the freedom to do any neck shape the customer wants. And it is a real joy to know you are able to work a piece of wood exactly the way you want it to be, to shape it the way you like it to be.  

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Back view

Worth to be shared is this view of the beautiful zirikote back from one of the current builds for Peter Fingers Guitar Basar in Osnabrück. This is the L-00 model. I started to roughly preshape the necks today before I will go further and finish the radius of the fretboards. Then I will take the necks to their final dimensions and finish carving them. 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Making a Back Inlay

Here's the story or the evolution (told in pictures) of a decorative back inlay. I wanted to add something to the back of the applewood 00 model I am building for Peter Fingers Guitar Basar in Osnabrück. Not that the apple isn't pretty, it really is. But I figured out that I would quite like it to add some little pattern to devide the two bookmatched pieces. And I always liked the inlay patterns of  Swedish luthier Ted Astrand. So I would give it a go.
Usually it would make sense to do the inlaying before bracing the back when its still a flat piece of wood. But because I wasn't sure about the binding and purfling materials I could only execute this on the guitar after the binding was done. At the end it all turned out well. And I am glad I make the extra effort to make this inlay.