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Category Archives: Gypsy Guitars

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

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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.

The second of a pair I will bring to Django in June this year.    Similar in construction to the May 2017 guitar, some cosmetic differences.   Very similar in sound and playability.  Lutz spruce, walnut back, sides and neck.   French polish finish, Miller tuners and tailpiece.

 

Okay all you try before you buy types, I just finished this one to bring to Django in June. Selmer style, five brace, 670mm scale. Lutz spruce top, solid walnut back and sides, butternut neck, Ebano fingerboard and bridge, nickel silver frets, titanium truss rod, aged Miller tailpiece, Golden Age vintage brass tuners and French polish finish. Very light, 3.5 pounds. Dry tone, yet complex and very loud. See you at Django in June!

 

 

I was caught up on orders in February and the weather being dreary, decided to play around with some pearl and abalone:

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Based on the same body shape as my Corazón, the body is about a half inch wider and longer than standard Selmer.   Top is European spruce from Romania with five brace pattern.   Back and sides are curly French walnut.   Neck is black walnut, fingerboard and bridge are Ebano.   Tailpiece is custom CB and enclosed tuners by Rainer Mueller. Polished high gloss finish.

Just completed a new petite bouche Zazou.   Torrefied spruce top, birdseye maple back and sides.   Butternut and walnut neck, Ebano fingerboard, nickel silver frets, Miller enclosed tuners and tailpiece.