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…

Imbuya | Korina

It’s done. It sounds simultaneously beautiful and menacing. Thanks to Joel grant for the wonderful fretwork and setup.

Roasted Maple Lives!!!

Gonna touch up some areas on the neck profile but other than that this thing is pretty sweet! Joel gave me some great pointers and some advice for the next builds going forward. Thanks Joel!

Roasted Maple Goodness off to Joel!

Strung up and ready for the usual treatment from Joel Grant over at Grants Guitars. If you’re in the Orange County area and play guitar, pay him a visit and geek out on guitars for a while. Hopefully I can get this back sooner than later, I know he’s busy but man I’m excited to…

I’ve got New Wood!!!

Thank you Jon Clark! He’s got an amazing selection of unique woods and his packing of materials is amazing. Super nice guy as well. Message evolved_insanity on the luthiertalk forums for more info! We have here: Three Super Curly Roasted Maple necks Figured imbuya flat top Figured makore flat top Massive horse chestnut carved top…

Necks Fretted & Headstocks Shaped

This is getting easier. The frets were seated nicely and matched the corresponding radius of each board. Joel Grant showed me his way of fretting a board so that’s how I’ve been doing it with pretty good results. I tidied up the roasted maple headstock so now the triple veneer shows through. After some mineral…

Back Veneers for Burl and Roasted Maple Builds

Yes I used a pepper shaker as a curved clamp caul. The three ply veneer I made for the roasted maple build was absolutely too stiff to bend. I figured I’d give it a shot to hear the bottom part and to slowly bend it into shape. I sprayed some water and ironed it until…