My first mainstream guitar review.
This is the first page of the article/review written by Jason Shadrick. If you'd like to read the rest and hear the sound clips he created, please use the links on the gallery page for this guitar in the archtop gallery.
My second review, previously available only in hard copy.
A quick note about Bigsby trems. I once owned a vintage Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean ..."the one that got away". Until I made my own, it had the best neck and set up I've ever played, and it influenced my sensibilities ever since. New Gretschs can't match that guitar's set up.
Bigsbys NEED a roller bridge. PERIOD! Never change the strings all at once, and just give a pre-tweak, fingers only bend at the ferrule, pre-stretch the strings well once mounted, and life is GOOD! Paul Bigsby was near genius. A Bigsby can go up a half tone and down a full tone and come back for more. With locking tuners and a zero fret it's a thing of beauty. As a tech, I've had my FILL of FR trems that require special tools and more time than I can justify to tweak them into compliance. If you're a die-hard FR fan, I can install one, but they are a needy beast. You should expect to have a tech of significance available on a regular basis.
A review of me...also previously unavailable except in print.
A very nice review of, I think, my favorite guitar. This guitar became the inspiration for the Royal and the Royal Sister. Pete Prown has been the reviewer for the Vintage Guitar reviews. I'm pleased to be included in their list of preferred gear builders.
The most recent of my Dutchess standard archtop.
A builder's showcase issue that I was invited to be part of. I think I'm keeping pretty good company here.