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What started with a request for bridge shims ended with this new octave mandolin for Becca Barko.  Becca’s husband, Joe has one of my Corazóns and in discussing shims, one thing led to another and voila!   Becca is a multi instrumentalist and orchestra teacher.   With this guitar size mando, she’ll be barkin’ with the big dogs!

Torrefied sitka spruce top, curly walnut back and sides.  Walnut neck shaft, ebony fingerboard.  622mm scale, 12 fret body join.   Stainless steel 43×80 frets.   Rubner slot head mando tuners (nice!).   Custom CB polished brass tailpiece, Argentine loop end strings tune GDAE. Ebano compensated bridge.   Polished brass strap buttons.   French polish finish.

A new petite bouche in the style of Selmer 503.   Selmer size with four top braces.  Torrefied Sitka Spruce top.  Walnut back (vaulted), sides and neck (modern size and shape).    Ebony fingerboard, nickel silver frets, 670mm scale.   Miller enclosed brass tuners and tail piece (gorgeous!).   French polish finish.    For Sale

Somehow I missed posting this one, a new petite bouche in the late Selmer style for my good friend Gerald Thompson.   Gerald owns several of my guitars but wanted one in the style I’m building now.   Late Selmer style with five brace Lutz Spruce top, curly walnut laminated back and sides.   Walnut neck, 670mm scale, Ebano fingerboard.   Miller hardware.  Polished varnish finish.

 

A new petite bouche after the work of Joseph Dimauro the Elder. Torrefied sitka spruce top, curly mahogany laminated back and sides.   Mahogany neck, Ebano fingerboard, stainless frets.  Schaller tuners and Miller tail.   Tone is very solid and direct with clarity and tons of volume.

A new Corazón.  European spruce top, birdseye maple back and sides, mahogany neck, Ebano fingerboard, EVO-Gold frets, Miller tuners, CB custom tailpiece.    French polish.   For Sale

A new Corazon by request.   Patterned after Joseph DiMauro’s iconic bouche en coeur design.   Lutz spruce top, curly walnut back and sides.  Cream celluloid binding.   Mahogany neck, Ebano fingerboard,660mm scale,  nickel silver frets, Ebano bridge  Custom CB designed and fabricated brass tailpiece.  Miller 203 enclosed brass tuners (sweet!)    French polish finish.

A new Petite Bouche, Selmer size.  The bark is strong with this one:

European spruce top, curly mahogany back and sides, Ivory celluloid bindings.   Neck is 670 scale, mahogany shaft, Ebano fingerboard, nickel silver frets.   Miller enclosed tuner and tail piece.  French polish finish.    Sold.

Something different.  Sami Arefin of Ultrafaux, Hot Club of Baltimore, et. al.  is hooked on Brazilian Choro and asked if I’d consider building a Del Vecchio style resonator tenor guitar, aka a violão tenor.   Sami plays Corazón #1 and has been a big support of my guitars so I said sure even though I knew nothing about these.  Sami and I brain stormed for a week and gathered enough information to get started.   We decided to use my Selmer style parlor guitar as a platform.   My earliest Selmer guitar mentor Bill Raymond was very kind to send me his plans for a six string Del Vecchio which answered many questions about body dimensions, top, back and side thicknesses, bracing and the sound well construction.   Paul Beard guitars had Del Vecchio resonator cones ready to go.  So it all fell in place.

Laminated top, back and sides ala Del Vecchio, curly walnut.   Poplar sound hole.  Beard Del Vecchio resonator cone, biscuit, bridge and screened hole covers.   Finish is polished marine spar varnish for long term durability.  18:1 Grover tuners.   Ebano fingerboard, stainless steel frets and double action truss rod. Scale is a short 22-7/8″ to accommodate the tuning in fifths and the resulting long reaches for chords.     Sami says it sounds exactly like what he hears on recordings by Brazilian violão tenor master Garoto and seems to very happy with it.

Jonas Fromseier tried some of my guitars at Django in June this year and liked the strong direct sound of the Corazón but wanted a petite bouche on a Selmer size body.   Voila!   A Selmer size guitar with bracing inspired by Joseph DiMauro the elder.   Two braces near the bridge, more widely spaced than Selmer, one large brace under the end of the fingerboard and a thicker top than usually found on Selmers.  The result is, I think, just what Jonas was looking for:

Selmer size, petite bouche, Lutz spruce top, curly French walnut back and sides (laminated).  Walnut neck, 670 scale, Ebano fingerboard, nickel silver 45 x 100 frets,  Miller tuners and tail, a light tinting and full French polish.   Tone is fundamental and articulate.   Very responsive with quick attack and a large dynamic range which seems to fits Jonas’s style of playing well.

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.