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Woodstock Invitational Luthiers' Showcase - Coming Soon!
September 24, 2016

Fall is upon us, and that's always exciting - because it means we're only a few weeks away from the

Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase!  This is one of the very best guitar shows in the country,

and I'm delighted to be taking part this year.


This year's show guitar is a new model, a special piece, and a somewhat new direction for me.

After many years of building "different" guitars, this model veers closer towards the traditional flat-top.


Here's a sneak peek at a few of the details:


The rosette, with closeup detail:

This Art Deco-influenced rosette harkens back to one of my favorite periods in visual arts & design.  More specifically,

it was directly inspired by this Royal Doulton china pattern from 1935, which I find extremely beautiful:

The bracing on this guitar also has a "1935" connection - it is reclaimed Red Spruce from the wing spars of a 1935 Porterfield 35-70 "Flyabout" airplane.  This material is magically lightweight, stiff, and resonant.  It's great wood with a great story.  This is the first guitar I've built with it:

The back, sides, and neck are curly mahogany - some of the best I've ever seen:

And, finally -the headpiece carries on in the Art Deco style:

If you're anywhere near enough to come out, please stop by the Woodstock Invitational show and say hello!  The guitars, music, and community there are all worth the trip.  The Fall colors outside will be quite something as well.


New photos, and new In Stock listings!
May 17, 2015

Check the "In Stock" page for some new instruments, and a first look at the great new photography!

I'm thrilled to be working with David Aday, an excellent photographer who is doing beautiful work.

Check back soon for more of these new pictures - there are some very exciting new instruments coming up this month!

Woodstock Invitational show coming up!
October 11, 2014

It's only two weeks until the wonderful Woodstock Invitational Guitar Showcase!

I'll be exhibiting there again this year, with two new showpieces - a 16.5" Auriole in curly maple,

and a new 15.4" model (name TBD).  These "showgirls" have a little bit of extra flash for the occasion...

preview pics soon, I promise!


In the meantime, mark your calendars and don't miss this fantastic show!  It's one of the very best guitar events of the year.

Going to Memphis!
June 23, 2014

I'm thrilled to have been selected to exhibit at the upcoming 2015 Memphis Acoustic Guitar Festival!

This is the newest addition to the roster of serious acoustic guitar shows, and is promising to be an incredible event.

Only 60 acoustic builders will be exhibiting at Memphis, and I'm proud to be among them!

Stay tuned on this page, as I will be building something extra-special for the occasion...

Sneak peek - Two new basses in stock!
April 6, 2014

It's been a busy Winter, and I'm really glad to see Springtime approaching!


I've got a couple of new basses that are now available - studio portraits are not done yet, but here's a first look!

These are both 5-string Elfin instruments with some special upgrades:


1: Elfin 5-string, Burl/birdseye

This bass has a stunning redwood burl top, complemented by an intensely figured birdseye maple fingerboard.

The body back is walnut, and the neck is 3-piece laminated QS maple.  To complete the look, the body and neck have black pinstripe accent veneers, along with black-ringed "deco dots" for a touch of class.

Loaded with Duncan dual-coils and a Pope FlexCore preamp, this bass has a real "NYC" kind of sound - tight, clean, and defined lows with thick, fat upper register and a great, almost 'horn-like' solo fingerstyle tone.  Twist a few knobs for a big, open slap tone with tons of headroom.


#2: Elfin 5-string, Quilt maple/Ocean Blue

Both visually and sonically, this Elfin 5 really reaches out and grabs you.  The AAA quilted maple top is finished in a multi-stage Ocean Blue, which brings out the depth and beauty of the quilted figure.  The poplar body core came from an exceptionally light and resonant board, and gives the bass a lively and quick attack with lots of definition.

The 3-pc. maple neck has internal carbon fiber reinforcements and an upgraded titanium truss rod, resulting in a wonderfully lightweight package that balances perfectly, standing or seated.  This extra-rigid neck contributes deep, wide low end and a clear, airy treble response. A wenge fingerboard, one of my favorite materials, adds snap and definition without any harshness.

This is the first bass I've built with the excellent new DCB pickups by Aguilar Amplification.  These 'dual-coil blade' pickups are a perfect blend of vintage clarity and modern full-range response, with a little bit of "MM"-style grind that really cuts beautifully.  Run passively, they have a natural mid peak and growl that is perfect for rock, funk, and uptempo styles - then, dial in the onboard OBP1 preamp and stand back.  I am VERY impressed with these pickups!  They are a perfect match for this bass.



"Official" studio pictures coming this week - in the meantime, these basses are available!

Email or call for more info....Thanks!

Woodstock show coming up!
October 20, 2013

Fall greetings from Woodstock!  It's a beautiful season, and I'm very excited

to be showing at next week's Woodstock Invitational Luthiers' Showcase!

It's a fantastic show that draws some of the best builders and players in the country,

and it's a pleasure and a privilege to be part of it.  Hope to see you there!


On a more personal note, it is with the greatest pleasure that I'd like to introduce my new daughter, Eilamay:

She arrived October 17th.

For this reason, please forgive me if I am a bit slower than usual to respond to emails and calls in the next few weeks!

Thanks, and best wishes,