Saturday, 6 August 2016

Guitar of the month

I am very happy that another one of my guitars made it "guitar of the month" at Guitar Basar in Osnabrück. The shop has a wonderful selection of high quality instruments and represents few German luthiers as well as companies like Furch and Duke. They have even been exclusive dealer for Kevin Ryan Guitars in Germany for many years.
This is a beautiful video of my latest OM model finished about one year ago in 2015. Listen to his extraordinary guitar playing! I am especially honoured that he said it would be his guitar of choice if he didn't build guitars himself.

Monday, 30 May 2016


It's been busy two months but I am happy to share some of the work that has been done with you. The custom order twins are going to be finished soon hopefully. It is a really interesting build as they are two almost identical guitars one with a spruce top and one with a cedar top. I haven't done such a thing yet and I am very curious about the result and about comparing them.  

Monday, 14 March 2016

Peter Finger Video

Peter Finger made a beautiful video of my L-00 model "The Sparrow". It is titled "guitar of the month" and I am very happy to say that it is now available at the Guitar Basar store in Osnabrück. The store has long time been an exclusive distributor of Kevin Ryan Guitars in Germany and is stuffed with a lot of beautiful handmade guitars. I feel honoured that Peter Finger picked one of my instruments to sell in his shop. Being a player on such an amazing level for such a long time and being a builder as well he surely knows a good guitar.


And the link to the Guitar Basar homepage: 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

More OM

As promised here are a few more pictures of the OM model. It is the prototype of my new OM shape and made of Alpine spruce and Honduras rosewood. It features a 650mm scale and some Waverly tuners with ebony buttons.

Saturday, 30 January 2016


Here are a few more pictures of my latest OM model. It has a German alpine spruce top and Honduras rosewood back and sides. The neck is cedro or Spanish cedar and everything else is ebony.
For the tuning machines I used the perfect Waverlys with ebony buttons. Just the perfect tuner for a vintage inspired slotted headstock.
This guitar will be with me at the "Bremen Guitar Art" Festival where I will exhibit and can be tryed out!

Friday, 29 January 2016

Finishing the OM

After finishing the bridge I didn't find the time to continue the OM until this week. But I wanted it to be finished to take it to my next exhibition which will be the "Bremen Guitar Art" from 19th to 21st of february.

Here are some shots of the process. The last steps start when the lacquer has cured and is ready to be sanded and buffed to a high polish. In this case it is a semi  gloss DD lacquer which is super thin yet resistend and can as well be polished to a very high degree. The top is high gloss and back and sides left at a semi gloss.
I am ALWAYS nervous when it comes to fitting the bridge and getting the position right. This has to be absolutely correct as it is important for getting the intonation right. But after checking 3 times then having a coffee and checking again I feel confident enough to drill through the pin holes and fix the bridge position.
Then I have to carefully cut through the lacquer and remove it where the bridge is glued on the top.

After gluing the bridge I leave the guitar for at least two days and let the glue dry. Next this neck got some oil.
What I really enjoy is fitting the tuning machines and making the nut and saddle. Its the last steps before putting strings on and this is a really good moment. It is curiosity and excitement. I always have something in my mind how I expect the guitar to sound. Now after the strings are on and tuned to pitch the guitar does not sound good. It is more likeputting strings on a cartboard box. But you can hear it change dramatically after the instrument acclimates to the string tension.

Only a few hours later this guitar sounded pretty promissing!

Monday, 11 January 2016

Bridge Day

Bridge making day! Ebony bridge for the latest OM. I haven't had much time to finish this guitar although I can't wait to hear it's voice. Tomorrow starts a building workshop but I hope to find some time for it in between.