Guitar Gallery

11815- Hayden’s BYO Radiomaster

August 26th, 2015

Hayden built his Radiomaster with me in the space of essentially six weeks.

The guitar is a Standard Radiomaster, with the usual timbers and features and has natural finish.

Hayden’s attention to detail has produced a first quality product…

11715- Myrtle Radiomaster

June 12th, 2015

This Radiomaster was made for James who built the myrtle acoustic with me in 2014 and he wanted a Radiomaster to match…

This guitar is made entirely from Tasmanian myrtle using the usual Radiomaster hardware and Bigsby and fitted with a pair of Mick Brierley’s B90 single coil pickups.

This guitar is the fifteenth Radiomaster made…

11615- Radiomaster Natural

May 13th, 2015

Another Radiomaster very similar to Vinci’s natural finish model with maple scratchplate and Bigsby but this time fitted with Mick Brierley’s B-90 single coil pickups.

Made for Kurt from Sydney

This email arrived a few days after delivery…

11514- The Blade

November 1st, 2014

This minimalist guitar was made for Brendan from Sydney, who sent me detailed drawings as well as a 3D view of the shape that he wanted…

Construction is a single piece of African mahogany shaped according to the drawings, Schaller bridge, Steinberger tuners and GFS mini humbucking pickups and a Steinberger fold-out leg.

11414 Lyndon’s Harp Guitar

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

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

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…

11114- Paul’s New Archtop

January 22nd, 2014

Paul has commissioned a new archtop in the same look as his large body archtop, No. 981010, but with a centre block similar to a 335.

This is the design concept that Paul sent me before I started the project…

…and the completed result, with Paul’s headstock design.

It’s fitted with a set of Brierley humbucking pickups and the usual hardware including 18:1 Grover machineheads.

11013- Radiomaster Deluxe Hollowbody

November 28th, 2013

Another variation on the Radiomaster theme, this guitar uses the usual mahogany body, but is substantially routed Rickenbacker- style with a figured maple cap and “f” hole.

The guitar is appreciably lighter than the usual Radiomaster and has a bound body, neck and headstock.

The pickups are Mick Brierley’s B90s.

10913- John’s BYO guitar

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.