I’ve been thinking about rosettes quite a lot recently. The rosette is the decorative circle around the soundhole. They come in many guises. This is a Martin rosette. It’s an example of what you may find on many guitars, with a few rings surrounding the soundhole. Spanish guitar rosettes tend to be more elaborate, with […]
With more than two million views of his YouTube video, it would seem that musician Dave Carroll has finally persuaded United Airlines to listen to his complaint. They have arranged a meeting with him. I guess it’s because he has the sequel to this song in production, and a third in the planning stage. The […]
This one is from the 1920s. The frets were a bit of a mess, and there was a great big hole in the skin. It was brought in by a customer whose father played it professionally in a banjo group from 1926 until the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. I replaced the […]
I was at a trade show a couple of years ago; there was a stand there run by Madinter, a Spanish luthier supplies company. It specialises in Spanish guitars
As a guitar repairman I glue a lot of headstocks back onto guitar necks. Often the guitar has been dropped or has fallen and the headstock has snapped.
A few months ago I was talking to Ervin Somogyi. We were discussing woods and geeking out. Following a tip off, he had produced a guitar body out of Wenge
I am making a 00 acoustic guitar from Brazilian Rosewood. The wood was cut a long time ago; with a finish on, its rich chocolate browns are accentuated.
I’ve got a couple of new acoustic guitars on the go. This is the top. I’ve just glued the x-brace into it. I carve the braces by hand once they’re glued in. I can’t shape them first, as I make them tall and thin, coming to an almost-point, so I wouldn’t have a surface to […]
The top is Sitka spruce; the back is Bolivian rosewood; the ebony bridge and fingerboard are both bound with high-flame koa. That’s koa on the headstock, too.
So I put a post up about Gibson, then I see this. The most stunning attribute of the new SG Carved Top–Autumn Burst (and there are many) is its highly figured maple top that rises unexpectedly from the traditional – yet still radical – dual-horned SG mahogany body shape, which is then given a gloss […]