Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Custom Herringbone

I love it to be challenged by custom requirements. A customer asked me to build a Martin inspired Parlor guitar in Style 27 or 34. This included myking a custom wooden purfling for this guitar.
I found the Inspiration for this herringbone pattern in a rosette by luthier John Bogdanovich.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Guitars in Osnabrück

I am very happy to receive such a wonderfull review from Peter Finger who just picked up two guitars I build for the Guitar Basar in Osnabrück. It is an honor and a great pleasure to be part of their selected range of guitars.
If you followed my blog over the last month you will probably know that the Instruments I build for them are an OM model made of old Sitka Spruce for the top and some very nice straight grain Italian Olivewood for the back and sides, and a 12 fret 00 model made of Alpine Spruce for the top and figured Bubinga for the back and sides.

Happy to share this video with you!

By the way. I am a little late as the video has already been online since last Friday and the OM sold only two days later!

Thursday, 23 August 2018


Its not too often that you have the chance to have your just finished guitar next to the 95(!) year old equivalent. I couldn't resist to take a few shots of these two pals. This is my freshly strung up 00 Parlor model next to a 0-18 build by the C.F.Martin Co. for the Oliver Ditson Company in 1923.
Both are made with a spruce top and it's fantastic to see how dramatic the colour of the spruce changes with age. The 0-18 of course features some beautiful quality mahogany which was standart by then on all the 18 series models whereas my Parlor has back and sides made of figured Bubinga.
Soundwise they are very diffenrent to each other. For me if I could choose to own one of them it would be a tough choice. And I am very happy I can honestly say that. Some of these prewar guitars still set the bar for todays acoustic steelstring guitars. The craftsmanship is perfect and the sound is amazing and it makes me happy and proud that I can say I created my own version that feels for me is very different and probably made for a different musical taste but it is equally good. As I mentioned there are 3 generations between them.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

In between sanding

The last steps before the third guitar is ready for finish. Pore filling and sanding is done. 

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Old Growth Mahogany

Here's a little story: Quite a while ago my workshop colleague received an old door. Made from solid mahogany like they used to make the entrance doors for houses.
He picked up the door to see if he could use it and stored it in our shop. It remained untouched.

About a month ago we were cleaning the shop getting rid of stuff we don't need and there was this old door. So he asked me if I was interested. And as a maker of steelstrings I had an envy eye on this door the moment it came into the shop. I started to take it apart. Removing nails, screws and hinges. And boy it looked promising. There were parts big enough for bookmatched 2 piece backs and parts long enough for sides.

Two weeks ago I send it to a sawyer and today I received to package with the wood.
10 Sets of beautiful old growth mahogany!
The doors home was build in the 1920s and it is most presumably the first door installed after the house was finished.
That makes these sets a good 100 years old. I can't wait to turn these into sound machines!

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Finish Sanding

The finish sanding is a very rewarding part of the building process. In my case I have my woodwork done and I leave it pretty rough through the hole process. Till this point where I clean/sand everything to get it ready for the finishing. Many weeks of labour starting to look like something nice.  

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Necks and Frets and Holidays

Necks are carved, frets are installed leveled and polished and its time for a holiday. I am taking a week off. Yes!