Mini-Cittern Update. >> Click Here for pics.
Have strung up the 16" scale Mini 'in the rough' .That is, it has no binding,frets and neck is uncarved and just bolted on, tailpiece is unpolished. I did this to check out how the top is doing with the tension and to hear the basic tone in open position before putting in the time to complete it. If I have to I'd rip the top off and put a different one on. But, I am actually impressed. Firstly, the top is doing well enough with the down-pressure (as seen in the photo). I have used a different bracing layout than usual and there isn't much more flattening than my regular bracing. The tone is good. Has more sustain than I imagined it would and it is loud( though this observation is prior to finishing-so it will probably brighten up). The deeper body livens up the bottom end and gives a bit of that choro tone. I stitched two sets of tuning heads together for the 10 stringer, barely noticeable. I have managed to string it up in CGDAE with the high E being a .009. I thought I would have to go to an 8. The body width is 12" and top is sitka ; back is maple. I will leave it strung up in the white for a couple weeks and observe. But the initial result is great.
Vancouver International Guitar Festival
Exciited that we'll be exhibiting amongst 70 or so more talented luthiers at this inaugural show. Mark June 23-35 2017 on your calender and see you in Vancouver, BC.
Just opened a Sound Cloud account and have added all of the sound samples of the many instruments I have made, which showcases how different wood combinations affect overall tone and volume for a model. Just look under 'Playlists' to see the different categories. Click here to hear....
This is a new model I have introduced recently, which has a smaller body than the usual bouzouki I have been building. Normally they are 15.5" wide but I have used a 14 3/4" w body with proportionately reduced body length. The depth is the same. This link will take you to the facebook page which illustrates a version with a Port Orford Cedar flat-top and black walnut body. I love the sound from it-punchier!, and has a sweet percussive edge to the tone as well plus lots of volume. This instrument has gotoh 510 tuners, which are now stock for all of my larger mando family instruments.
Will soon have a sound sample up on the soundcloud profile and of course a dedicated page on this website.
View this model on my facebook page here.Flat-top bouzouki, unison strung. Salvaged Flamed redwood top and black walnut body with sapwood strip down center of back. Indian rosewood binding. Headway pickup installed.
This bouzouki has an amazing tone: deep,ringing richness and powerful projection.
You can hear it here on my SoundCloud playlist
All longer-scaled mandolin family instruments are now upgraded and fitted with stock Gotoh 510 tuners unless specified.
Two old-time banjos recently completed. See photos and details on my Facebook page here.
00-style guitar with cocobolo and western red cedar, recently built for a lover of small-body Martins. Details and photos are here.