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Wes Lambe Guitars
Not only are my instruments crafted with my experiences as a professional instrument builder, and my experience running and owning various repair shops, but my designs also incorporate my experiences as a performing musician, and as player for over 20 years. My instruments incorporate many of the latest techniques and materials, while still being voiced, honed, and shaped in the handcrafted -time honored tradition - of the master guitar makers of generations past.I incorporate carbon fiber reinforcement and modern Epoxies where necessary for reliability and stability. I also use modern CNC technology where absolute digital precision is needed. Fanned-fret fretboards are slotted, brass tailpieces are machined, complex inlays and neck joints are routed, etc. with unmatched precision. In other areas where "tone" and "feel" are the objective, I employ the use of more traditional techniques. Hot hide glue is used for all bracing, acoustic bridges, and neck joints. This all natural glue has been used by makers of the finest musical instruments for centuries, for its resistance to "creep, and superior acoustic properties. Archtop plates are graduated and voiced using finger planes and scrapers. Fingerboards are leveled with hand planes. Braces are shaped, comfort contours are carved, and plates voiced using knives, gouges and chisels. All of my necks are individually carved using rasps, files, scrapers and lots of hand sanding.Recently, I got to build a guitar for Pat Metheney. I built all of the Moog Music Custom shop guitars and lapsteels, and Pat was introduced to me through my contacts at Moog Music, and I designed and built a custom guitar for him with Moog electronics.
Wes Lambe's made quite the impression with Pat Metheny: Pat used on of his guitars almost exclusively on his latest album, and thanked Wes in the liner notes. I can think of dozens of luthiers who must be burning with envy at the thought.
Chapel Hill, NC
Pat Metheney, Robert Sledge, Katherine Whalen, Hugh Swaso, Danny Gotham, Paul Hinton, Dan Mowan, Fred Fried, John Caputo, Danny Hayoun, Torsten Tourinski
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