Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Guitar Noir

I've been taking some pictures of the process of building the guitar I will soon be shipping to GSI and I've gotten good comments about my pictures from the people there.  In them I used a film noir lighting with a lot of shadows.  In one of them you see a mysterious gloved hand about to pad the guitar with shellac.  Building guitars is very methodical but sometimes you can have fun taking pictures of it.

binding channel

leveling binding

side join

spit coat

bone tie block


shaping bridge wings

shaping bridge wings

french polish, back

french polish, top

Friday, July 4, 2014

Inside and Out

Pictures of a guitar in the works. This is guitar No. 29 which I'm making to be sold by GSI.

using a plane to make rosette flush to the top

gluing back braces using hide glue

aligning neck and top centerline prior to joining them

gluing reinforcement patches

cutting out the soundhole

cutting out the soundhole

finished tops and backs and other tops hanging out

bent side with back lining applied

the back ready to be glued to the sides

inside of the box

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Repair: Jeronimo Peña Fernandez 1971

I just got this lovely Jeronimo Peña Fernandez guitar for a finish repair due to someone ripping off the back of the bridge plastic guard.  Fortunately, the finish is shellac and easy to fix.

Here are some other nice details on the guitar:

The head and bridge are carved very nicely and the rosette and purfling very detailed and well executed.

Here are some pictures of the touched up area:

Monday, March 24, 2014

Archive: Guitar No. 26, Classical

Classical guitar made with European spruce top, flame maple back and sides, Spanish cedar neck, Indian rosewood binding and bridge. Amber shellac finish. Spalted maple rosette.

Archive: Guitar No. 25, Classical

Classical guitar made with redcedar top, indian rosewood back and sides, spanish cedar neck, indian rosewood binding, indian rosewood bridge. Sold through The Classical Guitar Store in Philadelphia.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Archive: Guitar No. 24, Classical

Classical guitar made with European spruce top, flame maple back and sides, Spanish cedar neck, Indian rosewood binding and bridge. Amber shellac finish. This guitar has a shallow tornavoz. The rosette is a take on a Manuel Ramirez design.  I made this guitar for myself and as a shop guitar.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Repair: Hermanos Conde 1997

I've been getting quite a few Condes for repair lately.  They are the quintessential modern flamenco guitar.  This one belongs to DC area flamenco guitarist Ricardo Marlow.

It's a blanca, with a long scale length and wide body. Ricardo talked to me about the sound of this guitar and why he prefers blancas. 

This label does boast the "Sobrinos de Esteso" title, which means it is part of their high end line. It also has handwritten "Conde Hermanos" on it.

It came in primarily for a hairline crack in the top, which I gladly repaired and touched up.

There was also a lot of gunk on the fingerboard, evidence of the guitar's proffesional use.

A good cleaning makes it much nicer and is part of the general maintenace of a guitar.

I also found the guitar had cracks along the side of the fingerboard caused by shrinkage of the ebony.

I glued these up and they felt solid.

For those who like to see bracing patterns, here is an "x-ray" of the Conde's top after the repair.

Please be  sure to check out Ricardo's website or one of his shows if you are ever in the DC area!