The Prototype Stage Travel Guitar
The Prototype Stage Travel Guitar

When my Dad became really sick in 2006, it meant regular airplane trips to help with his care.  Even with a new nut, saddle, adding a pickup, & tuners, another maker's travel instrument still sounded, and felt like a compromise to me. I needed to make a REAL guitar that just happened to be small.

This instrument uses my second body style which is "worn" a bit like a vee shaped guitar inside your right hip.  Your wrist "lands" on the body and bridge stabilizing the instrument very comfortably. There's a headless guitar compactness to these without the odd feel associated with them. The massively chambered bodies have a resonance not expected from a body this size.  This body is a maple core with Honduran Mahogany top and back.

The rest of these instruments is full scale.  The 3 piece bird's eye maple neck is 25" scale, 12" radius (like all of my necks unless requested otherwise), the tuners and all hardware are top quality.  Pickups are your choice. These are my favorite coil tapped Seymour Duncan hot rodded humbuckers that let me play everything from jazz to hard rock ON STAGE. 

These instruments come with a gig bag to stay within the newer strict overhead compartment limits enforced by the airlines.

Sold but can be recreated.   $1300.00 with fitted gig bag

Little Red Twang Machine
Little Red Twang Machine

When my Dad became really sick in 2006,it meant regular airplane trips to help with his care. Even with a new nut, saddle, adding a pickup, & upgrading tuners, another maker's travel instrument still sounded, and felt like a compromise to me.  I needed to make a REAL guitar that just happened to be small.

This instrument uses my second body style which is "worn" a bit like a vee shaped guitar inside your right hip.  Your wrist "lands" on the body and bridge stabilizing the instrument very comfortably. There's a headless guitar compactness to these without the odd feel associated with them.A massively chambered body core increases its resonance disproportionate to the body size.  This instrument uses a spruce/mahogany top, with a figured maple back cap.

Everything else is full scale. The Satin oiled, laminated figured maple neck is 25" scale, 12" radius, (like all of my necks unless requested otherwise), the tuners and all hardware are top quality.  Pickups and compact bridge are your choice, but these are a classic t-style bridge with Seymour Duncan stacked hot rails for tele, and a Stew Mac repro '59 Parson Street P-90 that creates the classic twang to rock range we expect from a "t style" ON STAGE with an extra punch from the P-90!

These instruments come with a gig bag to stay within the newer strict overhead compartment limits enforced by the airlines.

$1200.00 with fitted gig bag

Little Amber '59-ish
Little Amber '59-ish

When my Dad became really sick in 2006, it meant regular airplane trips to help with his care.  Even with a new nut, saddle, adding a pickup, & upgrading tuners, another maker's travel guitar still sounded, and felt like a compromise to me.  I needed to make a REAL guitar that just happened to be small.

This instrument uses my second body style which is "worn" a bit like a vee shaped guitar inside your right hip.  Your wrist "lands" on the body and bridge stabilizing the instrument very comfortably. There's a headless guitar compactness to these without the odd feel associated with them.The massively chambered color core ply body has a resonance you don't expect from this size.  This instrument uses a spruce/mahogany top, with a figured maple back cap.

The rest of the instrument is full scale.  The satin oiled, figured, laminated maple neck is 25" scale, 12" radius, (like all of my necks unless requested otherwise), the tuners and all hardware are top quality.  Pickups and compact bridge are your choice.  This is a set of Stew Mac Parson's Street repro '59 PAFs (Al 2 bridge, Al 5 Neck), wired with the "50s circuit" to reproduce the classic warm bite for jazz to rock tones ON STAGE that we expect from this combination. The bridge is a Gotoh wrap around with TOM style saddles.

These instruments come with a gig bag to stay within the newer strict overhead compartment limits enforced by the airlines.

$1200.00 with fitted gig bag

A Little Bloodwood, Please
A Little Bloodwood, Please

 my Dad became really sick In 2006, it meant regular airplane trips to help with his care. Even with a new nut, saddle, adding a pickup, & upgrading tuners, another maker's travel instrument still sounded, and felt like a compromise.  I needed to make a REAL guitar that just happened to be small.

This instrument uses my second body style which is "worn" a bit like a vee shaped guitar inside your right hip.  Your wrist "lands" on the body and bridge stabilizing the instrument very comfortably. There's a headless guitar compactness to these without the odd feel associated with them.The massively chambered body has a resonance you don't expect from a body this size.  This instrument uses a figured maple core with bloodwood top and back caps on a maple core

The rest of these instruments is full scale.  The flamed and figured laminated neck is 25" scale, 12" radius, (like all of my necks unless requested otherwise), the tuners and all hardware are top quality.  Pickups and compact bridge are your choice.  These are a set of coil tapped Seymour Duncan hot rodded humbuckers that let me go from warm jazz through the hardest rock ON STAGE. 

These instruments come with a gig bag to stay within the newer strict overhead compartment limits enforced by the airlines.

Sorry.. this instrument is sold, but can be reproduced for you. $1400.00 with fitted gig bag

Details Details!
Details Details!

This photo shows how the controls are accessible in standard fashion.  The neck end strap button is on the upper bout neck bolt.

Like all my neck to body joints, there is a constant regard for a smooth tactile ease that lets you play without rethinking your grip on the neck.

The bolt on process has let me "swap out" neck and body combinations for several customers who found that what they thought they wanted at first didn't quite work for them. They kept what they wanted, and I rebuilt new for what needed to be changed. 

You also get a nice view of the color core ply I use for many of my bodies.

Sometimes You just Can't Make It Up
Sometimes You just Can't Make It Up

  This past December (2016), my wife was an exhibitor at the Artist's Craft Show held in the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Dance Museum.  I got the gig to be background entertainment for the show.  My placement in front of the Firebird costume display got interesting looks for two days, but you can see my light travel rig.  I modded my Roland Cube with a 6" speaker, and an extension jack to add a second 8" cab I'd built.  Kept to conversational volume levels, the sound was warm and rich.  Exhibitors and patrons were happy to have live sound.  I've used a Vox Amplug with headphones while riding an Amtrak train from Rochester to Rhinecliff, NY for even lighter travel.

The point of these guitars is to have a small version of YOUR guitar.  The instrument in this photo is the mini version of my mahogany "understated perfection" guitar in the electrics gallery. Using the same neck profile and electronics, the average listener would be hard pressed to tell the difference in sound between the two guitars. 

Held like a v bodied guitar, they sit very nicely and comfortably where your hands expect to be while you're playing.  All with a full feature neck and circuit.

The Jotoba (Yah' Toe Bah) mini
The Jotoba (Yah' Toe Bah) mini

When my Dad became really sick in 2006, it meant regular airplane trips to help with his care.  Even with a new nut, saddle, adding a pickup, & upgrading tuners, another maker's travel guitar still sounded, and felt like a compromise. I needed to make a REAL guitar that just happened to be small.

This instrument uses my second body style which is "worn" a bit like a vee shaped guitar inside your right hip.  Your wrist "lands" on the body and bridge stabilizing the instrument very comfortably. There's a headless guitar compactness to these without the odd feel associated with them.The massively chambered body produces a resonance not expected from a body this size.  This body is all Jotoba, (Brazilian Cherry), in natural finish.

The rest of these instruments is full scale.  The laminated flame maple neck with ebony fingerboard is 25" scale, 12" radius (like all of my necks unless requested otherwise), the tuners and all hardware are top quality.  Pickups are your choice.  These are my favorite coil tapped Seymour Duncan hot rodded humbuckers that cover everything from jazz to hard rock ON STAGE.  This guitar has a Schaller TOM wrap around bridge.

These instruments now come with a gig bag rather than this case to stay within the newer strict overhead compartment limits enforced by the airlines .

$1400.00 with fitted gig bag

The Prototype Stage Travel Guitar
Little Red Twang Machine
Little Amber '59-ish
A Little Bloodwood, Please
Details Details!
Sometimes You just Can't Make It Up
The Jotoba (Yah' Toe Bah) mini
The Prototype Stage Travel Guitar

When my Dad became really sick in 2006, it meant regular airplane trips to help with his care.  Even with a new nut, saddle, adding a pickup, & tuners, another maker's travel instrument still sounded, and felt like a compromise to me. I needed to make a REAL guitar that just happened to be small.

This instrument uses my second body style which is "worn" a bit like a vee shaped guitar inside your right hip.  Your wrist "lands" on the body and bridge stabilizing the instrument very comfortably. There's a headless guitar compactness to these without the odd feel associated with them. The massively chambered bodies have a resonance not expected from a body this size.  This body is a maple core with Honduran Mahogany top and back.

The rest of these instruments is full scale.  The 3 piece bird's eye maple neck is 25" scale, 12" radius (like all of my necks unless requested otherwise), the tuners and all hardware are top quality.  Pickups are your choice. These are my favorite coil tapped Seymour Duncan hot rodded humbuckers that let me play everything from jazz to hard rock ON STAGE. 

These instruments come with a gig bag to stay within the newer strict overhead compartment limits enforced by the airlines.

Sold but can be recreated.   $1300.00 with fitted gig bag

Little Red Twang Machine

When my Dad became really sick in 2006,it meant regular airplane trips to help with his care. Even with a new nut, saddle, adding a pickup, & upgrading tuners, another maker's travel instrument still sounded, and felt like a compromise to me.  I needed to make a REAL guitar that just happened to be small.

This instrument uses my second body style which is "worn" a bit like a vee shaped guitar inside your right hip.  Your wrist "lands" on the body and bridge stabilizing the instrument very comfortably. There's a headless guitar compactness to these without the odd feel associated with them.A massively chambered body core increases its resonance disproportionate to the body size.  This instrument uses a spruce/mahogany top, with a figured maple back cap.

Everything else is full scale. The Satin oiled, laminated figured maple neck is 25" scale, 12" radius, (like all of my necks unless requested otherwise), the tuners and all hardware are top quality.  Pickups and compact bridge are your choice, but these are a classic t-style bridge with Seymour Duncan stacked hot rails for tele, and a Stew Mac repro '59 Parson Street P-90 that creates the classic twang to rock range we expect from a "t style" ON STAGE with an extra punch from the P-90!

These instruments come with a gig bag to stay within the newer strict overhead compartment limits enforced by the airlines.

$1200.00 with fitted gig bag

Little Amber '59-ish

When my Dad became really sick in 2006, it meant regular airplane trips to help with his care.  Even with a new nut, saddle, adding a pickup, & upgrading tuners, another maker's travel guitar still sounded, and felt like a compromise to me.  I needed to make a REAL guitar that just happened to be small.

This instrument uses my second body style which is "worn" a bit like a vee shaped guitar inside your right hip.  Your wrist "lands" on the body and bridge stabilizing the instrument very comfortably. There's a headless guitar compactness to these without the odd feel associated with them.The massively chambered color core ply body has a resonance you don't expect from this size.  This instrument uses a spruce/mahogany top, with a figured maple back cap.

The rest of the instrument is full scale.  The satin oiled, figured, laminated maple neck is 25" scale, 12" radius, (like all of my necks unless requested otherwise), the tuners and all hardware are top quality.  Pickups and compact bridge are your choice.  This is a set of Stew Mac Parson's Street repro '59 PAFs (Al 2 bridge, Al 5 Neck), wired with the "50s circuit" to reproduce the classic warm bite for jazz to rock tones ON STAGE that we expect from this combination. The bridge is a Gotoh wrap around with TOM style saddles.

These instruments come with a gig bag to stay within the newer strict overhead compartment limits enforced by the airlines.

$1200.00 with fitted gig bag

A Little Bloodwood, Please

 my Dad became really sick In 2006, it meant regular airplane trips to help with his care. Even with a new nut, saddle, adding a pickup, & upgrading tuners, another maker's travel instrument still sounded, and felt like a compromise.  I needed to make a REAL guitar that just happened to be small.

This instrument uses my second body style which is "worn" a bit like a vee shaped guitar inside your right hip.  Your wrist "lands" on the body and bridge stabilizing the instrument very comfortably. There's a headless guitar compactness to these without the odd feel associated with them.The massively chambered body has a resonance you don't expect from a body this size.  This instrument uses a figured maple core with bloodwood top and back caps on a maple core

The rest of these instruments is full scale.  The flamed and figured laminated neck is 25" scale, 12" radius, (like all of my necks unless requested otherwise), the tuners and all hardware are top quality.  Pickups and compact bridge are your choice.  These are a set of coil tapped Seymour Duncan hot rodded humbuckers that let me go from warm jazz through the hardest rock ON STAGE. 

These instruments come with a gig bag to stay within the newer strict overhead compartment limits enforced by the airlines.

Sorry.. this instrument is sold, but can be reproduced for you. $1400.00 with fitted gig bag

Details Details!

This photo shows how the controls are accessible in standard fashion.  The neck end strap button is on the upper bout neck bolt.

Like all my neck to body joints, there is a constant regard for a smooth tactile ease that lets you play without rethinking your grip on the neck.

The bolt on process has let me "swap out" neck and body combinations for several customers who found that what they thought they wanted at first didn't quite work for them. They kept what they wanted, and I rebuilt new for what needed to be changed. 

You also get a nice view of the color core ply I use for many of my bodies.

Sometimes You just Can't Make It Up

  This past December (2016), my wife was an exhibitor at the Artist's Craft Show held in the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Dance Museum.  I got the gig to be background entertainment for the show.  My placement in front of the Firebird costume display got interesting looks for two days, but you can see my light travel rig.  I modded my Roland Cube with a 6" speaker, and an extension jack to add a second 8" cab I'd built.  Kept to conversational volume levels, the sound was warm and rich.  Exhibitors and patrons were happy to have live sound.  I've used a Vox Amplug with headphones while riding an Amtrak train from Rochester to Rhinecliff, NY for even lighter travel.

The point of these guitars is to have a small version of YOUR guitar.  The instrument in this photo is the mini version of my mahogany "understated perfection" guitar in the electrics gallery. Using the same neck profile and electronics, the average listener would be hard pressed to tell the difference in sound between the two guitars. 

Held like a v bodied guitar, they sit very nicely and comfortably where your hands expect to be while you're playing.  All with a full feature neck and circuit.

The Jotoba (Yah' Toe Bah) mini

When my Dad became really sick in 2006, it meant regular airplane trips to help with his care.  Even with a new nut, saddle, adding a pickup, & upgrading tuners, another maker's travel guitar still sounded, and felt like a compromise. I needed to make a REAL guitar that just happened to be small.

This instrument uses my second body style which is "worn" a bit like a vee shaped guitar inside your right hip.  Your wrist "lands" on the body and bridge stabilizing the instrument very comfortably. There's a headless guitar compactness to these without the odd feel associated with them.The massively chambered body produces a resonance not expected from a body this size.  This body is all Jotoba, (Brazilian Cherry), in natural finish.

The rest of these instruments is full scale.  The laminated flame maple neck with ebony fingerboard is 25" scale, 12" radius (like all of my necks unless requested otherwise), the tuners and all hardware are top quality.  Pickups are your choice.  These are my favorite coil tapped Seymour Duncan hot rodded humbuckers that cover everything from jazz to hard rock ON STAGE.  This guitar has a Schaller TOM wrap around bridge.

These instruments now come with a gig bag rather than this case to stay within the newer strict overhead compartment limits enforced by the airlines .

$1400.00 with fitted gig bag

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