David Cemin moved to San Jose from Canada and brought his upright bass with him after deciding to not move over seas again. He played upright bass since he was very young but gravitated towards the guitar as an adult, … Continue reading →
Our 100th build was a custom S-12 for a local customer, features our locally harvested western Redcedar top, and ribbon mahogany back and sides. Outfitted with rosewood binding, it also has a hummingbird mother of pearl inlay on the head … Continue reading →
Top: Sitka Spruce Back/Sides/Neck: African Mahogany Bracing: Norwegian Spruce “Freedom Tree” Fingerboard/Bridge: Rosewood Head Veneers: Purple Heart, Padouk, Maple The Freedom Harp made its television debut last Veterans day, Nov. 11th 2014, at the dedication of the new Freedom … Continue reading →
This S-12 harp guitar turned out fantastic, and we expect it won’t stay around much longer. We had it displayed in our showroom and are currently auctioning it on eBay (see the listing here). It has the same specs as … Continue reading →
Photographing the instruments for advertising means making sure the lighting, background and camera settings are just right. Tony and David have captured the harp guitar in the camera lens visible in this photo.
Wood can be obtained by a short drive into the north Idaho countryside while equipped with chainsaw and pickup truck. The logs in the forefront were harvested from property belonging to fellow musicians, The Shook Twins. These are black walnut and will make some fine guitar parts. The logs in the background will be chopped and split for firewood to burn in the stove during the long, cold months of winter.
Crafting a piece of work as sophisticated as a guitar headstock requires intricate carving and shaping. You could almost say there is “whittling” involved. Here Tone is paring the wood to get to the perfect shape for the design, almost as a sculptor removes bits of clay to reveal the perfect image. In this case, one slip may move the process back to an earlier construction phase. Or it might mean a band aide is required?