Twins

Twins

Posted by on May 21, 2020 in Blog

If you order one of my guitars there are a lot of options. But as far as tone, the most important choice is what type of soundboard you want. And I don’t mean the material choice.   I work with three soundboard designs. And by that, I mean the topographic design. The type of soundboard […]

Fretting

Fretting

Posted by on Apr 27, 2020 in Blog

So, today I leveled the epoxy fill on the body, and bolted the neck into place. The neck angle was tweaked to ensure the neck points down the body centre line, and is angled to give the correct saddle height above the soundboard. Then the fretboard is prepped for fretting. Now around 2013 I started […]

Grain filling

Grain filling

Posted by on Apr 25, 2020 in Blog

This is a step I try to take as early in the process as possible. Almost all fillers shrink, so the more the filler shrinks prior to the top coats of varnish the better. When I worked for Stefan Sobell, all the lacquering was done by Dave Wilson. I’m not sure what process Dave uses […]

neck carving

neck carving

Posted by on Apr 24, 2020 in Blog

So, after you glue the fretboard, you carve the neck. I leave the neck to set overnight before carving. Neck carving is a nice enough job. I don’t use any templates, rather I use the method Stefan Sobell taught me – divide the neck with a series of lines.  Carve a flats between those lines […]

Fretboards

Fretboards

Posted by on Apr 21, 2020 in Blog

Ebony is what you’ll find most good fretboards made from.  Ebony has a few good qualities and a few not so good. It looks great, it is hard-wearing, it is very very stiff and strong. It helps make a very rigid neck. They are the plus points. On the downside, it isn’t all that stable. […]

Necks

Necks

Posted by on Apr 20, 2020 in Blog

Today I was busy with a few necks. A couple of them are made with a timber that is quite common at the timber dealers here – New Guinea rosewood. Like a lot of timbers in Oz, timbers are marketed under a name which sounds fancier than the timber really is. If you go to […]

Binding!

Binding!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in Blog

You know, I do know how fortunate I am. Its something I think about often. Especially just now. We are living through difficult times. But so far, Australia has not had this virus anything like as bad as they’re getting it in Europe or like they are in parts of the USA.  So far this […]

Stolen guitar bouzouki found!

Stolen guitar bouzouki found!

Posted by on Feb 9, 2020 in Blog

Many of you will know that in 2018 the workshop I was temporarily using in NE England was broken into and some dozen instruments that were ready to be shipped out were stolen. Well, last week, one of them turned up. A very nice chap in South Shields emailed me to say that he’d found […]

Parlour King tenor guitar

Parlour King tenor guitar

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in Blog

  Super loud small bodied tenor guitar Another little variation on the tenor guitar theme – I had a few bits sitting around the workshop – too small to make a Session King tenor guitar with but too good to throw out. So I made a parlour guitar sized tenor out of them – may […]

How to tune a tenor guitar and what strings to use

How to tune a tenor guitar and what strings to use

Posted by on Nov 28, 2019 in Blog

This is something I get asked often. How should I tune a tenor guitar and what strings should I use? So, I made a short video that shows you two ways to tune a tenor guitar and what string gauges I use.   Tuning a tenor guitar and tenor guitar strings   Traditional tuning – […]