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Every luthier stands on the shoulders of others that have gone before them. In my case I stand on the shoulders of  Martin (of course), Gibson, Jean Larrivee, Alan Carruth, Jim Williams, Trevor Gore and others.  I also do repairs which has given me a good idea on what can go wrong over the life of a guitar and how to avoid most of the problems.  All my guitars come with a bolt on neck, two way truss rod, built in McIntyre Feather pickup and a case.

I came to guitar building with a head start.  20 years of making mandolins gave me a pretty good idea on how to make a music instrument sound good.  Following on from the mandolins, the guitars are tuned using the free plate tuning methods of Al Carruth and are adjusted when assembled if necessary using Trevor Gore's side weighting method.  The aim has been to make a guitar that (of course) sounds great but is also very even sounding, across the strings and up the fingerboard, something that is very hard to do.  Factory guitars are hopeless, and most hand makers don't get it right either.  Nowadays the most common comment I get about my guitars are that they are very even sounding, so I think I have been quite successful..

I have pretty much settled on Adirondack Spruce (i.e. Red Spruce) for the top wood, although I can use other species of Spruce or King Billy Pine on request.  Most customers like the bigger headroom of Adirondack, and I am getting excellent results with it.  After all, it is the same topwood that Martin used in their pre war guitars that are so highly regarded.

Finish: I prefer a varnish finish both for sound and beauty, but it is a softer finish that dents rather than scratches.  It is also a lot more work, particularly on a guitar.  However, I have so many comments from people on how much they like my varnish finishes that I have switched to varnish on the guitars as the standard offering.  Varnish does give a slightly warmer and looser sound on a new guitar that I definately do prefer.

I make guitars that will sound great for many years into the future, not guitars that sound great when brand new but then  later develop structural issues or the bass starts to sound flabby.  That creates a marketing problem in that my guitars do tend to feel and sound "stiff" when new, and that can put uninformed customers off.  Don't believe the rubbish you can read on the Internet about how Adirondack Spruce takes 20 or 50 years to "open up".  If it takes that long then the guitar is too heavily built.  My guitars will "open up" in as little as 6-12 months of solid playing and will improve for around 5 years afterwards and continue to give many years of enjoyment.

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OM Guitar

Based on the Martin OM or 000 body, scale length 25.4" 14 frets to the body.

 
 

00 Guitar

Based on the Martin 00 size body, 24.9" scale length, 14 frets to the body.  Special order only.

 

 
 

Tenor Guitar

Small body tenor guitar with 4 strings, tuned in 5ths.  23" or 21" scale length.  Two body sizes.

 

 
 

Small short scale guitar

Small bodied (similar size as Taylor GS mini) short scale (23 &1/2 in) guitar.  14frets to the body.  Small guitar with a big sound.