Guitar Blog Category

7th
Aug

I have been gone for quite a long time. Just over a year ago I started a new job. You might say it was a dream job. No its not working as a full time Luthier, it is a job with the PGA Tour. I got to pursue my other passion, golf, or at least working in the golf industry. It has been very awesome even with all of the challenges with COVID. I have really not had time to do any guitar work whatsoever. Hopefully that is about to change. I plan on starting to pick up the tools again and get after it. I have been watching alot of You Tube videos of Chris Alvarado of Driftwood Guitars. He makes some amazing instruments and he has really got me motivated again to get back in the shop and create some beautiful things. More to come .

7th
Aug

This is my favorite part of a build, the first coats of lacquer. This is a first look at what the finished product will look like. Even when you think the wood you have selected will be what you expect, you really can’t tell until there is lacquer on it. I think the walnut that I selected for my first tele which I’ve had in my private stock for about 6 or 7 years,  is everything I imagined. Hope you like it.

30th
Jul

It has been a long time since I’ve posted anything but alot has gone on in my life this year. I was transitioned out of my full time job, after 33 and a half years of dedicated service, at the end of January. I took a 3 month semi-retirement after my termination date. During that time I stayed busy by remodeling my daughters kitchen. I removed all of her old builder grade cabinets and built 12 new cabinets for her. It was really a blessing that I had this project to do during this time. I really enjoyed spending the day in my shop doing woodwork. It was awesome. Her cabinets came out so well that I was commissioned to build more cabinets for a neighbors guest house. I was busy again which helped pass the time. During the time I was working on the last set of cabinets I was hired by my current employer. In that period of 3 months, I went from being a 33 year tenured employee to being unemployed, a kitchen remodeler and builder to starting a new job. I really haven’t had alot of time to build guitars which I truly love to do. I finally have got back into luthiery and here is the progress of my teles.

 

2nd
Dec

Well here are the pictures I promised

4th
Nov

I have never been one to build guitars like anyone else, however some styles are classic and legendary. The Telecaster is one of those classic guitar shapes and one of the most recognizable guitars in history. Although everyone can tell a telecaster in a group of electric guitars there are many different variations of telecasters . There is the Standard, the Deluxe, the Thinline and more. That is what interested me in this shape. Another reason is the simplicity of the design. I have acquired some reclaimed wood which I have milled and have made 4 body blanks. Of course I can’t just make one kind of guitar so I have decided to make 1 of each. I also have decided to use some wood that I have had lying around for several years. These will not be like regular telecasters but will have my own twist. More to come.. 

 

 

 

2nd
Apr

I was going through my wood storage the other day and noticed an old Silvertone hollowbody that my Father had sitting in his garage for years waiting for restoration. After my Father passed away I inherited it and it has been sitting on my wood pile for about 16 years. I looked at this cheaply made guitar and started doing research on this model. It turns out this was made in 1963 Model 1429 and was sold in the Sears catalog. It had none of the electronics, all the binding was cracked and or missing and all of the finish and sunburst was previously removed. It looked liked bu–. I thought to myself if I only knew someone who could fix this beast up and make it sing again. Thus starting my newest project. I removed all of the old bindings all of the old frets and sanded the fingerboard down and leveled it. I then decided I would laminate it with some beautiful sapele veneer that I had. I have decided to convert this guitar from a 3 pickup to a 2 pickup version. The original guitar came with 3 foil pickups and they are extremely hard to find, so I will attempt to make my own pickups and match the old style foil look. I don’t want to put a lot into this and it might be a total failure but I thought I could give it a try. Who knows it might turn out great.

 

27th
Feb

I am sorry , but once again someone has hacked into my website. There were several posts on my blog that were not from me. I have tried to play website developer and remove all of the bad posts and plugins that could have caused the breech. I hope this works because the last time someone did this it cost me 4 years of work that was deleted from my website.  I will hopefully have some more posts coming soon . I have been tied up trying to rectify this problem . 

13th
Dec

I am finishing up 2 license plate guitars for my Brother and my Brother in Law. My Brother’s is made with a 1962 Florida plate and my Brother-in-Law’s has a 1970 Florida plate. The wood I used is walnut that I inherited from my Father. The walnut was salvaged from a building that was built in 1919 here in Jacksonville. The wood still has nail holes in it. The necks were constructed with the same walnut. The fingerboards are constructed with some old Rosewood of my Fathers that could be Brazilian. They both will be 3 strings with the option of a 4th string. I have to put some finish on them and then hook up the electronics. they both will have single coil pickups and an under-saddle piezo. I hope they like them.

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9th
Dec

http://firstcoastmagazine.com/news/the-sound-is-in-the-wood 

Here is a link to an article featuring me that was lost when my website crashed. Pretty honored to be featured by First Coast Magazine.

 

 

 

14th
Nov

I have started making Cigar Box Guitars and I have to say I am having a blast. I have just completed a version of cigar box guitar called a license plate guitar. I built the box out of spalted maple and used mahogany and walnut for the neck. I used curly maple for the fingerboard and purpleheart for the position markers. The license plate I used is a vintage 1964 Florida tag. I used this plate because I was born in Florida in 1964. I have a single coil pickup and a piezo installed and it sounds great. I now have started 4 more license plate guitars. I have 2 Camo Florida Gator plates for each of my sons. I have a 1962 Florida tag for my Brother and a Florida 1970 tag for my Brother in Law. For my boys I am using spalted maple for the body to match mine and curly maple , walnut, and birdseye maple for the necks. For my Brothers  and Brother in laws bodies I am using some walnut  that I inherited from my Father. This Walnut was salvaged from a building that was constructed in the early 1900s here in Jacksonville. I hope they like them.

 

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