For over 60 years, luthiers have mostly followed the format of a few instantly recognizable designs, created by the iconic builders we all know by name.
A few notable builders have tried to address widely recognized flaws in each of those original masterpieces without compromising the basic truths discovered in those first great guitars.
After 40 years of playing many of those guitars, I realized the only way to get the look, feel AND SOUND I wanted would be to build my own, AND I CAN DO IT FOR YOU!
If you have felt that the "big 3" (or the nearly big 3 for that matter) just don't seem interested in selling what you want, I have a lot to offer you as a player. Each guitar is individually crafted. Your instrument is constructed to your specs, without the expense of a corporation to add to the purchase cost . The result is "custom shop/special order" or "left handed" at prices equivalent to a middle to high end factory "standard" instrument. Please look at my "what's Special" page to review some of my standard features.
There is no factory. Just an expert craftsman creating guitars to customer specifications. If the parts and forms you want can fit together physically and sonically, let's try it. Look through the samples presented in the galleries to get a taste of what I can build for you.
It's true that no guitar, whereever it's made can be anything but hand built to some extent. No machine can address all the facets of construction like a human hand.
THAT said, many operations can be done by machine, but at the cost of design flexibility. We all know what the necks of certain companies will feel like because they set their machinery up to "bulk out" the heavy work.
Did you ever wish you could get the bullet proof assembly and "quack" of a certain California build with the feel of one of those old "baseball bat" necks? Or maybe a semi hollow body with a quarter sawn solid wood top and back instead of laminate build? How about left handed custom anything at the same price as an equivalent righty instrument?
This is how it's done. No line to shut down and retool, no corporate structure to support, just me and my tools, and your input to create your dream machine of tone.
As we move further into our digital new world order, I'm finding that it will be more convenient to provide a gallery page of the collected reviews which have been written about my instruments.
Having links to the reviews on line has worked for some of the articles, but several had pre-dated the digitization of Vintage Guitar's content, and more print publishers are finding it necessary to require subscriptions and log-ins for on line issues to stay in business. One review for my Big Red Archtop will still be accessible by link, simply because it was a three page article with sound clips connected to it (thank you Jason Shadrick at Premier Guitar!)
You'll find a note in the specific guitar gallery pages if there is a review available for that instrument that you would like to read.
For over a decade, Vintage Guitar Magazine has provided me with solid and interesting information about guitars and the people who play, build, and maintain them.
They have also been very supportive for me as a new builder. I can't thank them enough for that. I feel honored to be able to have been included in the ranks of their Approved Gear.
If you aren't familiar with their publication yet, I suggest trying an issue or two. It's available digitally and on News stands.
Sunday April 2, 2017- The Northeast Guitar Expo in Farmington, CT11-5:00Nice Show ! Thanks Kevin and Peter!
April 22-23- New York Guitar Show in Freeport Rec Center, Freeport, Long Island. Booth 130
July 7-8, 2017- Philadelphia Guitar Show in Valley Forge Convention Center. Lots of hotels, good restaurants nearby , BIG shopping center next door.
Photo taken at the Farmington, CT Holiday Inn Convention Center Northeast Guitar Expo October 2016