Friday, May 15, 2015

  It's been a fun, busy winter/spring here.  I've gotten to attend and perform at some regional music festivals like the Portland Old Time Music Gathering, The Oly Old Time Festival, and The Old Time Tidal Wave in Victoria B.C.  I also got to show off some guitars and trinkets at The NW Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit in Portland Oregon.  As I type this, I'm sitting at the Burbank Airport waiting to get whisked off to a weekend full of fun at the LA Old Time Social.

    Good times with new friends in Oly.

Proud Papa in Portland.

In between the festivals, the music, and some personal travel, I've managed to build a solid handful of guitars.  Wanna check 'em out?   Great....

 This first one faithfully follows the design of an early 30's 12-fret Gibson L-00.

 Here's the new Champ with it's inspiration.  Mahogany back, sides, neck, Spruce top, Rosewood board and bridge.  X-braced and super light, it came out delightfully well balanced and throaty.

Next is this L-1, dubbed the Local-1 by it's owner for it's use of all NW woods.

 That's figured Oregon Walnut back and sides, Sitka Spruce top, Poplar neck, and Walnut fretboard and bridge.

A steam engine train for good measure.

And the Champlin scroll on the solid headstock with Walnut veneer.

Paired with the Local-1 is this concert guitar.

The customer wanted to keep the overall feel of the guitar close to old Washburn aesthetics, but again with all NW woods, and a few modern appointments like a truss rod, radiused fretboard, and X-bracing.

Walnut backstrap overlay.

Crow perched on a Madrona branch inlay.

Then here we have this Grand Concert that went to a picker up in Alaska.

My Grand Concert is similar to the L-00, but just a little bigger all around, especially in the upper bout.  This one has a Ladder-braced Sitka Spruce top, Mahogany back, sides and neck, and Ebony for the fretboard and bridge.  This guitar is a cannon! 

Next up is this Vermont bound L-1. 

This customer wanted a smaller guitar for bare fingerstyle playing.  That's salvaged Western Red Cedar from the Nooksack River valley for the top, Ebony fretboard and bridge, Mahogany neck, and some really nice old Indian Rosewood for the back and sides.  This one came out with a great full voice, warm and clear.

And finally here is this guitar which I snuck in between custom orders, just to satisfy my own urge to build it.  Much like the first guitar featured in this post, it is closely based off an early 30's 12 fret Gibson L-00.  I decided to use some nice old Pearwood for the back and sides and headstock overlay.

And here's a few fun shots of the shop and some of these guitars as they were in progress..

OK..  Off to some festival fun, and then back to work!