Monday, March 12, 2018

Making a Tailpiece.

As I was making the tailpiece for Mike’s Standard plus, I thought, "let’s show what’s involved in a wee video!" So for your viewing pleasure……………


Thursday, March 08, 2018

So what’s been happening?

I’ve been working on Mike’s Standard plus; this one has Indian rosewood back and sides and a wonderful Redwood soundboard.  It’s also got a dot and diamond rosette, this time in abalone.  So, I think it’s going to be another looker!
Just started on the purflings..........
The archtop has been strung-up, “in-the-white” and I’m already very pleased with the sounds it’s making! There’ll be some fettling, experimenting with different strings, fitting the pick-up etc, and once I’m 100% happy with it, it’ll be stripped back down and the finish applied.
Hopefully this archtop will be the first of many, particularly as I recently bought this batch of nicely aged European wedges from a fellow luthier!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Brendan’s New Mandolin

Brendan’s new mandolin has now been completed and shipped out to him in Ireland.  It’s a real beauty with Macassar ebony back and sides and re-con rock inlays. Here are some photos for you.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Archtop Part VI

Here’s latest video; the neck is finally being shaped (remember it’s been left “square” all this time). Essentially, this is the last woodworking task that I do on an instrument. So when the next video instalment is ready, you’ll be able to see the finished instrument and hear what it sounds like too.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Archtop Mandolin; Fretboard

Here's part V- the fretboard being trued and then fretted.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Archtop Part IV video

Here’s the latest instalment; the neck being joined to the body, fretboard extension etc. Hope you find it of interest, cheers Gary.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Happy Christmas 2017

As another busy year draws to its conclusion, Amanda and I would just like to thank all our friends and clients- past, present, future and all those who take the time to follow the blog, YouTube subscribers and everyone else a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2018. We thank you one and all.
The Christmas scene was the view from the workshop window, last Sunday!