These are a few guitars I’ve built over the past 2 decades. I’ve never built the exact same guitar twice, since I like to mess around and change things each time so I don’t get bored.
Hollow body with bolt on neck & floating Seymour Duncan Jazz pickup. I use this a lot for gigs, because the pickup is wonderful and the hollow body makes for a nice jazzy tone. The pickup was modified by removing the legs and adding a bracket to the casing so it could be mounted to the neck instead of on the top of the soundboard. I also modified the headstock to place 3 tuners each side, as I preferred that arrangement and aesthetic.
Grand Auditorium – V braced with bevelled lower bout. A strumming machine! I built this to play everything but jazz on it. The bevel alleviates that numbness you get from big guitar after hanging your arm over the edge for a while. The bevel effectively makes the body feel much smaller, and no pain!
Engleman spruce with maple back and sides. 2021.
#35 Corona style – maple body, x-braced arched cypress top. Maple neck, rosewood fingerboard. 650mm scale. 4″ deep body, 16″ wide.
Hollow body bass, short scale (30″) with hand made pickup. Walnut body, torrefied cypress top, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard.
Corona II – x braced arched top with projected fingerboard. Engleman spruce soundboard, maple body and neck. Body depth 80mm, width 400mm.
the Corona Gold – parallel bracing, thin body electric. Cedar top ( very old piece), maple body and neck. The extra soundhole improves the tone and provides access for the pots and plug.
Guitar #29 Model O-65. Cedar domed x braced top, walnut body and neck. X braced domed back panel. Bubinga fingerboard. Body shape is Martin O.
the Valerie – my own design – 2007. Spruce top, rosewood body, mahogany neck. Arched parallel braced top. Hybrid of a Selmer with a Favino!
D hole – 2008 – Selmer gypsy jazz style – no trim – Picasso style headstock
ukelele & guitar – 2014 – The guitar is Selmer gypsy jazz style but with arched x-bracing
two X-braced Selmer style with round sound holes
Three petite bouche Selmer styles & a DiMauro style (f holes)
000 style with cutaway – 2003 – copied from a custom shop Martin 00028
000 with Selmer style braces. Inspired by a Martin R18 c. 1932
jumbo style with F holes and pickup – ladder bracing – 17″ wide body
carved cedar archtop, with bubinga back & sides – 17″ wide – A braces
Favino style – cedar & mahogany – 67 cm scale – 2002. Favinos are slightly wider than Selmers, and hence a little bassier and louder