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Russ Hanchin has a Zazou I built for him a couple years ago, but was looking for a second gypsy guitar, “you know, just in case”, and he wanted an alternate sound while he was at it.  He had played the Derecho owned by a fellow Virginian and asked for a full up Derecho with cedar top and Castelluccia bracing.   Curly French walnut back and sides, butternut neck, Ebano fingerboard, stainless frets and French polish finish.   The result is a guitar with a big Castelluccia voice combined with modern construction and playability that should give decades of enjoyment.

Morris w 44

Photo by Matt Henry


A new one for Morris Moon.   Busato size petite bouche.   Lutz top, curly french walnut on sides and arched back, mahogany neck w/ walnut center stripe, aged Miller tuners and Busato style tailpiece.  Ebano fingerboard and bridge, stainless steel frets.  French polish of course 🙂

As to tone, Morris says it best:

“I really, really love it! Had its first gig yesterday and used my dpa mic and it sounded great. I could get more volume than I needed without feedback and the guitar sounded completely balanced. Amazing. It has great tone if I want it to be sweet and then can get crunchy on rhythm when we’re driving. It’s going to take me quite a while to learn all the potential this guitar has.”





Busato sized petite bouche, Lutz top, Tiger Makori back and sides.   Mahogany neck, Ebano fingerboard and bridge, stainless frets, Miller tuners and tail.

43 front & back

The first Busato size CB guitar, for Michael Joseph Harris of Ultrafaux and Hot Club of Baltimore fame.   Lutz top, curly French walnut back and sides,  vaulted violin style back,  670mm scale, Spanish cedar neck with walnut reinforcement.   Miller tuners and tail. Stainless steel 47×104 frets.  Double action truss rod.   French polish finish.


Michael stopped by on Tuesday to try out some recent guitars. He took some video and was kind enough to put together this compilation comparing the three.   It starts in black and white and then switches to color about half way through.  Thanks Michael!

A new one with a torrefied Sitka Spruce top, solid koa back and sides, French polish finish and Miller hardware.    3.7 pounds.   Bracing ala late Selmer style, five brace.   Sound is lively, open and present.

A new one, for sale.   Lutz spruce top, Claro walnut back and sides (the last of this lot), butternut and walnut neck.  Ebano fingerboard and bridge.  Stainless frets.  DR tailpiece and Waverly deluxe tuners.   More details and pictures HERE.

Photographer extraordinaire Jeffrey MacMillan to a round of shots of my most recently finished guitar.   Teaser below, click HERE for the full album


This guitar was an effort to duplicate the sound of last three guitars with solid walnut back and sides but using laminated back and sides as well.   I reduced the laminate thicknesses from what I normally used and used a violin shaped back to increase stiffness via geometry instead of thickness.   This yields a lighter back (and sides) which are more involved in the sound but also tend to dampen down sustain.   Very happy with the results, loud, crisp, the highs pop out strongly, dry on rhythm.   SOLD.

Lutz spruce top,  curly French walnut back and sides (laminated), black walnut neck, Ebano fingerboard and bridge, nickel silver frets, Miller tuners and tailpiece.    French polish finish.

Matt & 38

Matt Henry has played every guitar I have built over the last three years, most as soon as as they were strung up in the white.  Matt’s articulate insights and constructive criticisms have been very helpful.  With each new guitar, we exchange ideas and Matt has always pushed for a better this or that.  Matt’s interest has been largely just as a player helping me as a builder, but we got to a point where he had to have one himself.   I could not be more pleased!

This one is solid black walnut back and sides, a Lutz spruce top, butter nut neck with a walnut center stripe.   Miller hardware, double action truss rod and French polish finish. It is tuned up for maximum performance, responsiveness, power and clarity.