Guitar Gallery

13218- Shane’s BYO acoustic

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Another RGa-35 acoustic, this time built by my favourite guitarist Shane Gilbert.

We built this guitar by listening carefully to the sounds of the wood as we braced the Englemann spruce top and carved the bracing and with Shane’s attention to detail and patience, he has built a truly exceptional sounding guitar that has wonderful tone, volume and playability that is right up there as one of the best sounding and playing instruments that has come out of my workshop over the last nearly thirty years. Big Statement I know…

Other details about this guitar are that it is fitted with the usual Grover 18:1 ratio machine heads and I’ve installed a K&K Pure pickup system.

The back and sides are Fijian mahogany with a bound Macassar ebony fretboard and Australian lacewood rosette.

12817- Olivia’s guitar

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

This RGa 35 model guitar was made for granddaughter Olivia’s 18th birthday.

The top is torrefied spruce that has been lightly braced and the back and sides are plantation-grown mahogany, finished in untinted clear and fitted with a K&K Pure pickup.

The guitar is very light, with lovely tone and surprising volume…

12717- Lyndon’s classical

Friday, July 28th, 2017

This classical guitar was built for Lyndon to replace his very old Maton classical that I’ve repaired a number of times.

The new guitar has a torrefied spruce top and the back and sides are Indian rosewood that has been in my stock of timber for well over twenty years.

The guitar is fitted with a K&K Pure Classical pickup system.

The guitar has been built so that it is light and hopefully resonant and but I’m yet to be convinced that the torrefied wood provides the benefits of the propaganda. Whilst it sounds good, I was hoping for a better outcome. However, the pickup system delivers a really good sounding instrument and it will be played through Lyndon’s amp system often as not…

I have inlaid a paua shell sound hole rosette and a similar but much smaller fretboard inlay as I inlaid in the harp guitar- 11414- also made for Lyndon a couple of years ago.

The machine heads are Grover classicals.

12517- David’s BYO acoustic guitar

Monday, July 17th, 2017

David built himself an RGac-59, using a sitka spruce top and Macassar ebony back and sides, with a herringbone sound hole inlay and herringbone and rosewood binding.

The guitar is also fitted with a K&K Pure pickup.

11414 Lyndon’s Harp Guitar

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Probably the most challenging but most satisfying project that I’ve undertaken in goodness knows how many years of guitar making…

The harp guitar was based on a 27 stringed instrument built by Keith Medley in the US several years ago which we found on the net a year or so ago. Lyndon modified the Medley design to suit his own requirements which also included adding another string to the harp section to make 28 strings. After three full-sized mockups, the design was finalised and six months later, the harp guitar was finished.

The construction, while obviously acoustic, was nothing like I’d built before and the final outcome was from my point of view, all but impossible to predict.

The final result, however, proved to be everything – perhaps even more- than both Lyndon and I had dared to hope for, with wonderful tone, sustain, volume and playability.

The top is three pieces of englemann spruce and the back, sides and neck are plantation grown mahogany. The macassar ebony fret board is inlaid with an extensive paua shell design and the three sound holes also have paua shell rosettes.

Lyndon had several items that he wanted me to inlay including a quite old gold lyre-shaped brooch that his wife Miriam had bought and requested be inlaid in the bridge.

After having the harp guitar for a couple of days, he made this film clip using only the mic in his video camera for my website..

11314- James’s new acoustic

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

A Richards RGac-59 that James built with me over a period of several weeks.

The top is sitka spruce and the back, sides and neck are nicely figured Tasmanian myrtle. The guitar is fitted with a K and K pickup.

11214- Sinker Redwood Acoustic

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Very much a collaboration between Luke and myself, this guitar is a Sinker Redwood top and cocobolo rosewood back and sides dreadnought.

We sat at my computer and looked at what was available from various suppliers and chose the best pieces of wood that we could find for Luke’s project.

The result proved to be exactly what we were both hoping for- a spectacular looking guitar with great tone and responsiveness which was evident right from the moment the strings were fitted.

A day later and it’s on its way to Canada with its new owner…

10913- John’s BYO guitar

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

John has also been building this guitar under my instruction- an RGa 35 acoustic using identical construction to No 10813.

Construction details- 4A grade Englemann spruce top with blackwood back, sides and neck, ebony fretboard, MOP inlays to headstock and 12th fret, Grover machine heads.

10813- Ian’s BYO guitar

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Ian built his own RGa-35 acoustic under my instruction over a period of 14 weekly sessions.

The guitar is the usual RGa construction using a 4A Englemann spruce top and blackwood back, sides and neck.

10613- RGa-35

Friday, June 14th, 2013

This guitar is an RGa-35/14 small bodied acoustic similar to “Bob’s guitar”, No 101.