Guitar Gallery

71: – 71 10 04 – RGA-34 (2004)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

number71This is an acoustic guitar based on the Taylor 712, – designated RGA-34- and made entirely of Monterey Cypress- Macrocarpa- and producing a guitar of excellent sound and volume. The instrument has a 25 1/2″ scale length, a rosewood fret board and bridge and clear finished. Without a doubt, the best acoustic instrument made so far! The guitar was given to David Halsall for a nominal fee.

69: – 69 0604- RGac-59 (2004)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Bruce’s Blackwood acoustic. Very similar to guitar No. 59, but with a conventional sound hole. The only extra feature was an inlaid “BJT” at the twelfth fret. The guitar is also fitted with an LPO pickup and preamp. The neck was made a tiny bit thicker to suit its owner.

59: – 59 0103 – designated RGac-59 (2003)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

A Blackwood acoustic based on the Tacoma Chief, complete with “ear hole” rather than conventional sound hole. The top is also Blackwood with very light Blackwood bracing. The fret board is jarrah, with no fret board position markers. It has attracted considerable interest. It is intended as a demonstration instrument for LPO pickup systems. The top was replaced with a Cyprus top after the bridge lifted because of the “ear hole”. It is still hanging on the wall of the new workshop at Buninyong but spent two years in the Big Shed at Cherry Tree and now has loose bracing and a hole where the original LPO preamp was mounted which has long gone to replace a faulty unit.

56: – 56 0602 – An acoustic guitar (2002)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Made for Paul Grant, Melbourne, referred by Guitar Emporium. It has a spruce top and mahogany back and sides and made in the small-bodied size with no cutaway. The neck was an old Gibson acoustic neck that the customer had bought from Guitar Emporium.

43: – 43 02 1998 – Lachlan’s guitar.

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


Small bodied acoustic with sharp cutaway similar in construction to Steve Plater’s guitar and the first acoustic with a cutaway. The guitar was made for Lachlan’s 21st birthday.

41: (1998)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


An acoustic guitar made up from Maton display components for Adam Flint, Bendigo.

35: 35/1296-001- RGa-35 (1996)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

A prototype small-bodied acoustic with slotted headstock, based on the Martin New Yorker made specifically for John Lane of Fretted Instruments in Fitzroy. It had no adjustable truss rod and John required modifications for subsequent instruments, so the guitar was inlaid with the Sovereign Hill logo and presented to the Men o’ the Hill and has been much played by them. It was returned for repair in November 2002 and a broken brace was repaired and the top refinished and considerable fret wear removed. It is now in the keeping of my old friend Paul Flowers of the Men o’ the Hill.

This guitar returned in 2015 for fret wear removal and is in excellent condition in spite of nearly 20 year’s constant use. I’m very proud of this little guitar!

34: 34/1096- RGA-34 (1996)

Saturday, November 7th, 2009


The first acoustic made and based on a Taylor shape and construction largely followed the David Russell Young book. Materials used were a spruce top from David Churchill and mahogany sides and back, with herringbone and ivoroid binding. The guitar was made for Steve Plater and has proved to be most successful (and enduring!). It was fitted with an EMG UST pickup.