Roger “Da Codge” Valiant Model Completed

Damn this thing sounds great. The build has character and because it’s got so many unusual components it’s called the Codge. Codger usually means an “odd fellow” and just so happens to be the name that I knew Roger as in Med school before he graduated. It’ll be nice to get a guitar in his…

Rogers Build Saga Continues

But not in the way you’d think. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know the story already. For those who follow here well the long and short is the top started to spontaneously delaminate so I threw the whole thing into the bandsaw and started another guitar for Roger. It had to happen. Heres…

New Year | New Projects

Since Instagram became a thing for me I have neglected this blog considerably. It’s been about 7 months since my last post and even that post was delayed by some. Since the last post I’ve been featured in Shaper Origins “Shaper Origin in Action” community series which showcases Origin users and their experiences. It was…

Halloween Horror Story – Rogers Build Saga

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’d have read about my struggles with completing my friend Rogers guitar. First I screwed up on the finish and let the build sit for three years because I was so mad, then after painstakingly removing the finish with a scalpel I then proceeded to punch straight through…

“The Valiant” Serial Build #009

Finally finished. My “Treat Yo Self” present for matching into my 1st choice fellowship for Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She’s got some fine detail and wiring work to be 100% perfect but she already sounds beautiful. McNelly’s Saint Nick HSP90’S sound incredible and can handle the cleanest of cleans and the dirtiest of dirty. It’s…

My Personal Guitar Off to Joel Grant!

It’s all done! I left the back roughed up and then skipped grits to smooth out while preserving the rough look. The top is super smooth. I used Waterlox Original for my personal build because I wanted to see how it stood up to the hype. It’s a great finish but smells horrible. I used…

Burl Maple’s Ready for Joel Grant

This one I’ve been dragging my feet on but it’s finally finished. It looks pretty great all put together. I can’t wait to hear it all wired up. The acoustic sound that resonates from putting my ear to the body is deep and rich. It’s got a very controlled midrange and an extremely tight low…

Off to Joel at Grant Guitars

Everything’s pretty much done and now it’s off to Joel Grant of Grant Guitars in fountain valley for the final fretwork and setup. The man does excellent work and I’ve been taking my instruments to him for the past 10+ (holy crap) years. First when I was in 8th grade! I’ve decided on final pickup…