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A Dimauro style petite bouche for DC player James Key.  James contributed a lot to the specifics and the look.   Dimauro plantilla, cedar top with bracing ala Joseph Dimauro the Elder, arched back in curly walnut.   Butternut and walnut neck, ebony fingerboard, nickel silver 45 x 100 frets.  Miller hardware, French polish finish.

Bob Becker asked for a gypsy guitar with a parlor guitar size body, that is 14-1/2″ on the lower bout.   At first, I was skeptical, but Bob clearly knows his gypsy guitars owning both an Henri Selmer petite bouche and a Selmer Maccafferi Gran Bouche.   After some discussion, we figured it was worth a shot.   The result is a little guitar that thinks it is a big guitar.   Small in size but mighty in its voice.   Bob says “its a banjo killer!”.  But also has great tone separation and clarity as well as enough complexity to be interesting while crushing banjos.     I’m grateful to Bob for his trust and confidence to go forward with this unique design.

Parlor size body (370mm x 472mm), 640mm scale.   European spruce top braced late Selmer style, Birdseye maple back and sides.   Butternut neck with walnut spline.   Nickel silver frets, ebony fingerboard.   Other than the narrower body, she’s all gypsy.

 

More old school.   Dimauro body shape, cedar top, walnut back and sides, arched back, 670 scale, walnut neck, nickel silver frets, Rocklite Sundari fingerboard, ebony pick guard, white bindings, satin finish, Schaller tuners, old school tailpiece.

By request, a replica of a 1934 Selmer Maccaferri model Orchestra sans resonator.   Diverted from my usual head stock logo and label to comply with owner’ s request that the guitar looks as much like the original as possible (fun!).   Carpathian spruce top, walnut back and sides.   Walnut neck, ebony fingerboard.   Nickel silver frets, Miller tuners and tail.   Satin French polish finish.   Really pleased how it turned out both the look and the sound.

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A redwood Derecho for Carl Rothman.    100+ year old redwood top, curly walnut back and sides.   Mahogany neck, Ebano fingerboard and bridge, stainless frets.  Miller hardware, French polish finish.   In the last 12 months, have made four Derechos, first ones since 2016.   The Derecho is patterned on the medium size D hole guitars of Jacques Castelluccia.   Four brace, somewhat thicker tops than the fiver brace Selmer design which gives them a great old school sound.

 

 

 

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Michael Joseph Harris in the test driver’s seat.   More details and pics  HERE.

 

A new Derecho for Carter Gravatt, great to work with him on this custom order.   Torrefied sitka top, curly walnut back and sides.  The more I use torrefied spruce, the more I like it.   660mm scale, modern neck shape, Spanish cedar neck, Ebano fingerboard, Evo-Gold greats, low action.   Beautiful Waverly tuners by request.   Miller tail.  Full on French polish.

In the dead of winter I always seem to get the desire to do some thing different.  In this case, it was a rosette based on a 17th century viola I saw in an Italian museum three-four years ago.   The pattern is made up of elongated diamonds and rounds cut out of mother of pearl set in “mastic” (ebony dust & hide glue).

The top is Lutz spruce, five brace pattern, back and sides are American black walnut.  Mahogany neck, Ebano  fingerboard and bridge, nickel silver frets. Miller  tuners and tail.   Full French polish finish.

A petite bouche with a torrefied sitka spruce top and curly makore back and sides.   Pickguard is ebony veneer which is very similar in weight to the clear plastic variety and much lighter than the black plastic type.   Ebano fingerboard and bridge.   Nickel silver frets, Golden Age tuners and Miller tail.  Satin finish.

Petite Bouche for David Dugas in Georgia.  European spruce  five brace top top, curly makore back and sides.   Mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, Ebano bridge,  nickel silver frets, Miller tuners and tail.