Q: How long does it take you to make an instrument if I want one?
A: Electric guitars generally take 3-6 months from start to finish;
however, that estimate can vary greatly from one instrument to another
and is no indication of long it may take before I finish other projects
and start on yours. Banjos can be expected to take a similar amount
Q: Do you ever paint any of your instruments or do graphic art?
A: Although I am generally opposed to painting a guitar and covering
up the natural beauty of the wood, I will not refuse to do it if
that is what you really want. However, don’t be surprised if I try
to talk you out of it. Graphic art is another thing entirely, and
not something that I have the facilities or knowledge to do.
Q: Do you make those entirely by hand?
A: Yes, for both the neck and body I begin with rough sawn boards
and plane, saw, shave, and sand my way down to a finished instrument
Q: Can you turn an idea I have into a guitar?
A: Certainly! In fact some of my favorite designs have come from
ideas that customers have brought. Musicians often have a vague
idea of what they want but they can’t visualize it. They know what
they want but they simply can’t get it from mind to paper. As a
luthier, one of the most enjoyable and rewarding parts of building
is being able to take those vague descriptions and bring the customer’s
vision to life. Many of my favorite designs have come about this
way. Whether you just have a rough idea and a napkin drawing, or
a detailed blueprint that you have already worked up, I can take
what you give me and turn it into a functional, practical instrument
that brings your idea to life.
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