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My passion is to produce guitars for the player whose ear and skill level is developing and desires a guitar that picks up on subtle nuances in their playing. A guitar with a lively and inspiring voice that outperfoms off-the-shelf models and feels like the guitar you've been dreaming of. I enjoy working alone in my shop and producing a limited number of instruments per year, built to the player's specifications. Each piece of wood is chosen and worked on an individual basis based on the needs of the client. The tops and backs are then fine tuned through a careful process of sanding and scraping to a stiffness. Then, carving the braces to achieve the "voice" that I and the client are after. I expect my guitars to outlive me by many years and so much consideration is taken to produce responsive, consistently great sounding guitars that will stand the test of time. In my guitars you'll find some important features that I feel very strongly contribute to great sound and longevity, for example- laminated sides. Typical acoustic guitar sides are a single piece of bent wood that is anywhere from 3/32" thick down to 1/16" on some. That's thin, and thin wood is unstable and prone to cracking from dryness and impact. The typical way to remedy this is to glue sticks across the grain of the sides every so often to keep the sides from splitting. It may stop the split from traveling the length of the side, but it does little to prevent a crack from happening. Noone should be careless with their guitar, but accidents happen. Double side construction is an excellent way to produce an incredibly rigid and crack resistant rim. It takes 4 pieces of wood to create a guitar rim this way. Two pieces of wood are bent, then placed into a laminating mold with epoxy to form one side. It's an added step with added cost, but is something that I believe adds to the durability and tone. I look forward working with you to create a one-of-a-kind instrument that meets your needs and desires. Please feel free to contact me by e-mail or phone with any thoughts or questions.
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