about the sound!
It's about the sound. My goal
in building is a rich, full sound that it is loud enough for
performances without amplification. Each guitar is a responsive
instrument that feels good to play. At this level of instrument, there
is no "best." It comes down what you, as an individual, want in
an individual guitar. While it will be obvious that my
instruments are members of the same family, there are differences
among them in the sound and feel. Each was individually
hand-made. Each neck was hand-carved without a template.
Play several and pick the one that sings to you.
playing guitar for over 50 years but I didn't build one until 1992.
What began as an experiment has become an obsession. I love
working with wood, selecting, cutting, bending, and shaping it into a
guitar. While it is well known that exotic, tropical wood can make a
fine instrument, there are many domestic woods that can equal or
exceed the performance of those rare rain-forest woods.
There has been
a buzz among luthiers that Osage Orange (and its South American
relative Fustic) is a sound-alike replacement for Brazilian Rosewood.
have now built several guitars with this wood and make the claim that
it sounds better. These guitars have a well-balanced and
rich tone and a separation between the notes in a chord that makes
them beautifully musical.
Sycamore is another of my favorite local woods. I have also
built successful instruments with Black Locust and Black Walnut.
While I still build an occasional instrument with back and sides
of tropical wood, I prefer the great woods that grow on this
continent. (As long as I can legally obtain it, I will probably
continue to use Macassar Ebony for fingerboards. I haven't found
anything else that's as stable and long-wearing).
Select "The Instruments" above to explore the guitars that I currently
have in inventory. Unless otherwise
stated, the instruments come in a hardshell case. Cutaways, fancy trim,
and exotic woods cost more.
122 Laurel Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
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