Saturday, 1 February 2020

Strings on but not the usual way

Usually I try to keep things post in order but I am very behind with whats going on in my shop and this is too exciting to wait.
Today I put strings on this guitar. Now this is usually the last bit of adding something to the instrument. After the strings are on the instrument is usually finished, apart from setting the action and intonation and maybe some post voicing if it is necessary.
But in this case I put the strings on BEFORE I started the finish work. And this is the exciting part. I have been wanting to do this for years but it is not something I will do with custom orders. Finally my urge to try out and experiment in depth with voicing my instruments was so great that I squeezed in another build to do that.
We will see (and hear) tomorrow how she sounds.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

OM #20

I am very happy and humbled to share this video of my OM No. 20. A guitar that I really love and recently gave to my good friend Peter Finger for the Guitar Basar in Osnabrück

Hope you all have a good weekend!

Thursday, 16 January 2020

00 Parlor

00 Parlor with cutaway. Build with German "Haselfichte" spruce and Oregon black walnut. 2019

Sunday, 29 December 2019


One of only two guitars I have finished in 2019. That doesn`t mean it was a bad year. The opposite is the case. I learned that I can slow down and spend time at home and still get enough done to keep the shop. It was a hard lesson learned and for years I felt like I need to work more and more but I sacrifized my health and good mood for always being worried. I got better at that and that helps a lot. That`s probalbly the biggest part of keeping the balance and keeping the fun and creating better guitars at the end. Thank you 2019 for this lesson.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Choosing Ebony

Choosing Ebony for one of my current builds. The customer asked for a more colorful ebony for the fretboard. I think this is a great combination because it kind of fits into the earthy and calm simplicity of the guitar.
And I found a perfect match for the headstock verneer.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Back to bracing

Bracing a mahogany back. The verneer on top of the cross braces makes all the difference! 

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Bracing a Top

 The bracing of a guitar top. I guess it is one of the favorite jobs for many luthiers. Myself included.
About a year ago I looked through my brace stock and decided to prepare some of it by splitting the pieces. A few days later I filled a cartboardbox with quite a bit of brace stock. All split in height and sawed on the bandsaw to roughly dimension them. It will last me for many years of builds.
Now every time I start bracing a top I pull out my box with the brace stock. I can look for exactly the material I want to match the top with and I only have to plane the sides to the final dimensions. It´s a real joy.

Since I started using split braces I was able to reduce the weight of my tops significantly!

The difference is noticable even if I am just droping a brace on my benchtop. A good brace has a remarkable tabtone itself I think. And there is another benefit from having a large batch of pre-prepared brace stock. I can listen and feel and choose exactly the material I am looking for to match the top. This can be a softer spruce to compensate for a very bright top or a very bright bracing material to get it even more shiny. There are loads of variables and options.