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Upcoming Festivals 2016 - 2017!

29FrontViiewHere is a preliminary list of some upcoming guitar festivals and competitons. Mountain View Guitar Festival, April 28,29, 2017, Lone Star Guitar Festival and Competition, June 8 through June 11, 2017 and last, The Guitar Foundation of America International Convention and Competition in Fullerton, California, June 19-24, 2017.  Plan to attend or compete in these guitar competitions and festivals!

 


 

Open Classical At Buon Giorno Coffee

If you like open-mic, I highly recommend the Open Classical at Buon Giorno Coffee in Fort Worth.  I was lucky enough to get some press by showing up with my latest guitar and giving it a 15 minute workout on stage!  StarTelegram2Yes I played and was later interviewed for the Star Telegram.  It is a great venue with some real talent giving their best vocals, guitar solos and more! Read more here!

 

 

New Gallery Album - Commissioned Guitars

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  We have added a new Gallery Section with some photos of some recently commissioned guitars.  There are several sets of photos to view and we plan to add more as we complete additional commissions.  All of these newest guitars are double tops, one is a Cedar/Cedar and two are Spruce/Cedar soundboards.  To learn more, click here!

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Wood Ring Double Top Design

This past Double tops800year I have been making some fascinating and exciting changes to my guitars. With every thought to design, and a passion for making the best sounding guitars as possible I, as a maker, want to continually improve my guitars. The latest improvement that I have successfully adapted is the double top.NomexCloseup

Building previous solid top guitars and the testing method I have developed to tune those tops has greatly influenced how I build my double tops. When making a solid top guitar I am always looking for a piece of wood that is very stiff and lightweight. At the proper thickness for the given stiffness and weight of the top, the guitar will have a quick response and a powerful sound. So I am always looking for these properties in tops. 

The double top method for my guitars lets me take this to the next level where I could not take a solid top. I use a honey comb material caVaccumClamplled  Nomex sandwiched in-between two thin pieces of wood. The combination I like to use is Spruce and Cedar one being the choice on top. I want the most stiffness in the center of the top from the bridge, toward the neck of the instrument. I have found that the center portion is best left all wood for a more traditional sound and also for better stiffness in this region of the top due to the pull of the strings. I have found certain thicknesses in this region work perfectly.

 The outer pockets, one on the treble side, and the other on the bass side have the Nomex.   After this is vacuum pressed together, theLookingThroughDT top is lighter and stiffer than any solid top. I believe the double top is stronger in resisting future cracks as well, unlike a solid top.     

I still use my fan braced method with hide glue on these tops and can brace them even lighter. Other changes adapted are a handmade V joint to the neck and I have changed my head design as well. After all of this I felt these guitars needed a brand new rosette and decided to make a new wheat motif design throughout the guitar. A ton of work, but well worth the results.      

The improvemenHeadstockts in the sound are amazing. A traditional sound is heard with a quicker response especially in the right hand. Even note to note separation, booming bell like basses, and glassy clear trebles are all noted in the spruce top. A very similar sound is heard with cedar on top, although it is somewhat darker. Did I say loud!? These guitars project very well! I have still kept all of the other features from my past guitar improvements using stiff linings inside the guitar with a light 12 hole tie block bridge and a raised neck above the soundboard. All of these past changes help make the sound possible as well. I think I have evolved to be a modern/traditional builder. In taking the best of both worlds and combining them to make an even better guitar. I will be at the GFA this June with the new guitars I hope you will stop by the booth and try one of these outstanding guitars!

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