Wednesday, 7 March 2018
Today I spend my afternoon working on this headplate. It is made with Olivewood and a half of a wheat pattern I have made. Binding the headstock ties in with the rosette of that guitar and I am really happy with the vintage Hawaian flair it adds to this build. This is by the way going to become the OM in Sitka Spruce and Italian Olivewood build for the Guitar Basar in Osnabrück.
Monday, 5 March 2018
Guitar No. 21 got some strings a few days ago! This has been especially exciting and I couldn't wait to hear the sound because I haven't build a nylon string guitar since I finished my apprenticeship 5 1/2 years ago. I must say I never have been more surprised by any of my guitars before. I mean this in a positive way. Dark, woody and warm, very responsive even to a light touch. It has got depth and definition.
Now I can't wait to deliver it to the new owner.
Sunday, 18 February 2018
More work done on the tops and backs of the current batch. Right now I am done with the bracing and most part of the voicing of the tops. Voicing the backs will be on next week. I will finish this soon which is good because they can hang and set, loose all the tensions and the glue can harden. Then I'll do necks. And I still have the CL Nylon to finish. Good stuff ahead.
Thursday, 8 February 2018
Working on tops and backs for the current batch. Handsplit braces for an extra light construction of the soundboard. I am working with three very different top materials, two of them are German Alpine Spruce which I use mostly, and one Sitka Spruce top that is allready air dried for 25 years!
Sunday, 28 January 2018
I've been doing a lot of finish work lately so there was some time in between the drying hours and I started preparing the rosettes for my current batch. I already have written about the OM in Sitka spruce and Italian Olivewood. Alongside that I will be building a 00 with German Alpine spruce and bubinga back and sides which also goes to Guitar Basar Osnabrück and a new fan fret semi baritone guitar with Alpine spruce and Indian rosewood. As you can see I have been looking through my wood stash to pick up some beautiful woods.
Thursday, 21 December 2017
Some more stuff going on in the shop the last weeks. I started the next batch of two guitars for the Guitar Basar Osnabrück which are scheduled for mid 2018. The first one is going to be an OM and its made of very special woods. Old italien olivewood for the back and sides. You can see on the pictures it is not a standart two piece back. I had to "cheat" a little bit to make a back out of this wood. But it was so much worth the effort. Beautiful quarter sawn straight wood which is very rare in olivewood as the trees don't grow that large. Very nice figure in it, too.
For the top wood I picked a 25 year old Sitka spruce. You like the vintage look of the new torrefied tops that everybody offers? This is just naturally aged under best conditions for 25 years and it feels and sounds like that. I can't wait to make a guitar out of that.
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
The last build for 2017 is my very first nylon guitar since I finished my apprenticeship in 2012. It was commissioned by Liedermacher (Singer/Songwriter) Jakob Heymann and I am very excited about having it finished within January of the coming year. It is build with a cedar top and Indian Rosewood back and sides and features a very traditional spanish approach and a Torres inspired bracing. In contrast to the traditional building, design elements are kept modern with a rosewood mosaic rosette and endgraft.