This guitar is the latest production from my workshop. It will find its new home in the hands of a waiting-list customer in Baton Rouge, LA. It features a back and sides of Amazon rosewood and an Engelmann spruce soundboard finished with ultra-thin padded varnish. The tuners were invented by my most-admired luthier, the late John Gilbert.
Humidity is an important concern both for luthiers and for guitarists who own and play valuable instruments. Both have to deal with that substance called wood, which shrinks and expands as it releases or absorbs moisture. However, the humidity management challenges for the two are quite different. Continue reading Humidity Management
Some guitar owners will blanch with anxiety at the very thought of shipping one of their precious, expensive guitars. There’s no need for fretting, as it were, if you go about it the right way. The links below will provide guidance for this process for both guitarists and luthiers—
Since the article “Installing Frets with Epoxy” was first posted in September 2014, California luthier David Schramm has presented an alternative that dispenses with Dremel-re-cut fret slots. After pondering his idea for some time—and hearing from David that he had tried it and found that it worked well—I’ve concluded that his alternative has merit and deserves consideration. In fact, I plan to try it myself on my next guitar. (Click here to go directly to my article update.)
In 1989 when I built my first of seven guitars for Bill Kanengiser, I got myself into a pickle. Bill found the original frets were too low. When I removed those frets to install higher replacements, I somehow managed to get the slots bollixed up; they ended up too wide for any frets. What now? Continue reading Installing Frets with Epoxy