Guitar models

Inspired by the designs of famous builders like Torres, Stradivari, Ashborn, and Martin, these are the guitar designs I currently offer for custom builds. I will work with you to define your specifications, such as neck shape, scale length, nut width and wood selections. Once the specifications are set and materials are procured, construction begins, The process can take anywhere from two to six months, depending on a number of factors, including complexity of the build, level of client involvement, and even adverse atmospheric conditions. Nearly all of the work is accomplished “unplugged,”  meaning your guitar will be truly made by hand. I will document your build photographically and supply you with regular updates as work progresses and questions about finer details arise.

The prices listed below are based on existing body molds/jigs used in construction, “industry standard” materials, and basic appointments (binding, rosette, etc.). Rare materials and highly customized appointments will add appreciable cost.

I have a very limited stock of guitars on-hand — primarily restorations, and sometimes a prototype build that I no longer need. My primary focus is to build instruments customized to the players’ ergonomic specifications.

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“Sarita”  Parlor Flamenco

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A parlor-size guitar based on Torres’ small “SE117” guitar of 1888, the size and design of this guitar makes it ideal for smaller hands, for travel, or if you just want a compact,  easy playing guitar. This design will produce a guitar that has a bright, percussive sound that projects well for its size and can be customized to suit Classical or Flamenco playing styles.

Scale length: 604 mm
Neck width at nut: 50 mm (or custom)
Classic wooden tuning pegs are standard, but can be upgraded.
Suggested tonewoods: Curly Maple,
Mediterranean Cypress
Suggested top woods: Suggested top woods: Western Red Cedar, Sitka Spruce

Price range: $2,000 – $2,250

“Tarrega” Early Classical

La Tarrega guitar

The Tarrega is closer in size to a modern classical, but still slightly smaller. Based on  Torres’ SE114 guitars of 1888, it’s named after the famous Spanish guitarist and composer Francisco Tarrega. Light and comfortable, this design produces a guitar that favors midrange tone, is responsive and somewhat percussive, and enjoys full-throated projection.

Scale length: 650 mm
Neck width at nut:  50 mm (or costom)
Suggested tonewoods: Curly Maple, Black Walnut
Suggested top woods: Sitka Spruce, Englemann Spruce, European Spruce

Price range: $2,150 – $2,500

“Cocodrilo” 10-string Classical

75543761_10219655911170867_3163535647373787136_nThis 10-string brute features a Torres-based plantilla, snakehead headstock, and a fanned lattice bracing system that lends volume, brightness and big bass response to the instrument. Huge sympathetic resonance gives you a “concert-hall-in-a-box” sound rich with complex overtones.

Scale: 650 mm
Nut width: 85 mm
Suggested tonewoods: Curly Maple, Walnut
Suggested top wood: Sitka or Engelmann Spruce

Price range: $2,500 – $2,750

“Tigretta” Baroque Guitar

La Tigretta Baroque guitar

A mostly period-correct, five-course Baroque guitar whose design and construction are largely based on Antonio Stradivari’s famed Ashmolean and Sabionari guitars, La Tigretta incorporates two key improvements over typical Baroque construction: an extended neck shoulder for the top to rest on (which improves tone at upper registers), and a three-strut fan-brace system (which replaces ladder bracing). The result is a sturdy instrument with authentic Baroque tone, but with improved brightness and sustain. The bridge can be left plain or adorned with mustachios.

Scale length: 680 mm
Neck width at nut: 48 to 50 mm
Suggested tone wood: Curly Maple
Suggested top wood: European Spruce, Sitka Spruce (torrefied)

Price range: $2,500 – $2,750

“Curadh” 000 12-Fret Steel String

35971898_10215906143269013_7701180754650202112_nRiffing largely on the venerable 000 12-fret steel-string acoustic guitars of Martin’s storied past, this guitar features a snakehead-style headstock and double-X bracing system. A versatile old-school guitar that is equally at home flatpicking or fingerstyling.

Scale length: 24 inches
Nut width: 48 mm (or custom)
Suggested tonewoods: Walnut
Suggested top wood: Western Red Cedar

Price range: $2,000 – $2,250

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