July 15, 2015

In this post I share a video slide show and talk about my philosophy of guitar building with The North American Guitar in London.  I mention the influence the Fibonacci Number Sequence has on my design.  Look for more on this in other posts.

 

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June 16, 2015

I'm often asked, "What Tone are you trying to achieve with your guitars?"

 

I usually reply with the common luthier answer, "I build guitars to produce piano-like bass, clear sparkling treble, and balance through the midrange." This seems to be a satisfactory answer for...

June 2, 2015

Much of the luthier's time and thought is in pursuit of that "sound in his head."

Approaches to capture this magical sound are one of the driving factors in the advancement of the craft. How does one achieve this sound? The pendulum of opinion swings from the artistic/i...

May 29, 2015

Here's the problem:

In traditional guitar design the portion of the fingerboard that extends over the soundboard is glued to the top. If the neck shifts in alignment slightly due to string tension, the fingerboard becomes uneven and the dreaded 14th fret hump appears. S...

May 26, 2015

I have found that feel is what really draws a player to a certain guitar.  Asthetics may be what first catches one's eye but it is fit and feel that gives a player that "must have" syndrome. Fretboard radius is one of the subtle elements that contributes to the overall...

February 26, 2015

As a teacher, Robbie’s influence extends internationally. The DVDs that Robbie made for his early students have guided  thousands more guitar builders who purchased guitar materials from Luthiers Mercantile International. Several years ago, Robbie introduced the popula...

February 15, 2015

Fingerstyle guitarist and author Mark Hanson won a Grammy in 2005 for his contributions to the “Henry Mancini – Pink Guitar” CD. His graceful approach to the guitar defines smooth and belies the intricacies of his masterful fingerstyle playing. An engaging performer, h...

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