Approach

Lutherie is a fascinating craft, rich in history and tradition. For me, guitar construction is a highly creative and personal experience.  My approach  combines what I feel are the best design and construction principles from traditional and contemporary lutherie. This open-minded approach adheres to and respects traditional sound quality and aesthetics while continually seeking to improve the capability of our instrument. 

My construction methods utilize both traditional and modern techniques and tools.  Traditional features such as fan-braced soundboards assembled with hot hide glue, V-grafted head-to-neck joints, unique, hand-inlaid rosettes, and French-polished shellac finishes are seamlessly combined with contemporary features such as adjustable-action necks, elevated fingerboards, bridges with 12-hole tieblocks, and rigid sides with solid linings for excellent projection.

I have been building Nomex-based double top soundboards since 2007 and introduced a wood-core double top in 2015. Approximately 90% of my orders are for double top instruments.
Highest quality materials in a variety of wood species for a spectrum of tonal and visual possibilities
Traditionally-braced soundboards, individually voiced for optimal response.
Choice of scale length, neck width, depth, and profile
Compensated bone saddles and nuts for excellent intonation
12-hole tieblocks on classicals for consistent break angle and easy string installation
Carbon fiber-reinforced necks for maximum stability and transmission of string energy
Optional elevated fingerboards for easy access to higher positions
French-polished shellac finish for superior sound and visual brilliance.
Features
 
Optional double top soundboards available in a variety of spruce and cedar combinations
Adjustable-action neck
Remembering Luthier John Gilbert (1922-2012)
Recollections of a master and mentor who had a profound influence on my approach
To see numerous photos showing the construction process, please visit the In Progress page.
My approach to voicing soundboards involves a systematic calibration of stiffness and mass to control resonances. This ensures consistency of sound from one guitar to the next, or the ability to subtley move the sound as desired. Details on the approach can be found in links on the Teaching page.