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. 












Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Bindings done


All current builds have their bindings done. Now I am pretty excited to move on to truss rods, carbon rods and fretboards. It really feels good and very productive to work on 3 guitars in one batch. I used to build individually because I have changed a lot from one instrument to the other. I got more confident in what I am doing.



Thursday, 29 December 2016

Cheers 2016


 These are a few shots of the current builds. I am working on a batch of 3 guitars, two 00 models for the Guitar Basar Osnabrück and a OM which is not ordered and I hope to keep for myself. Its also the first pictures I took with a new camera which I hope to spend a lot of time with in the following year. I was more and more disappointed and unsatisfied with the pictures of my iphone 4 and my old camera (12 years old!). So this is a big step into the beautiful world of photography for me.

These are also the last pictures of a very busy year 2016 and I am very much looking forward to 2017. I hope you all had some lovely Christmas days with your family and loved ones. Some time to relax and concentrate on the things that matter the most for you. Whatever that may be.

Now lets have a superb and festive start into the year 2017!!! 

Cheers,
Alexander












Thursday, 3 November 2016

Last setup work



It's been a really busy week and I have now finished the guitars and got them ready for shipping. I think I've been pushing myself more then ever to get a perfect setup and feel and playabilty and I am happy with it. It is so important to get the feeling right. I always want the customer to be happy with his or her guitar, so happy he or she can't put it away any more. But if the fingers start to hurt too soon this is going to happen...
I have also been doing a lot of preparation for shipping which is so much work if you are doing it for the first time. Soon it is time to say good bye to them...



Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Twins



It has been quite a while since I've been posting and fortunately I am not dead. Life has kept me busy not only in the workshop but with family and home stuff as well. But anyways...
I have somehow managed to finish the two guitar order which I always referred to as "The Twins". Brother and sister guitars of the same model, same specs, one with a spruce top and pearwood details and one with a cedar top and ebony details. Both have back and sides of Indian Rosewood and a mahogany neck.
These are two examples of my new CL model. CL because it is based on a classical body shape (but having steel strings) and an overall more classical appeal with the wider slotted headstock and a "fake tie block bridge". The classical shape gives this guitar a huge sound but very balanced in all registers. 







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.
Enjoy!