SPECIAL PROJECTS


As mentionned in my introduction, I always try to keep a few weeks free here and there for "special projects" and/or for unusual instruments that are significantly different from traditional designs. Here are two examples that could be of interest to those of you who might be curious to know what's going on in my smallish brain when it doesn't run out of gas!               
                                   

The "Beast":  A  most unusual archtop guitar...

Some time ago, I accepted an unual commission from Felix Martin, a Venezualian guitarist best
known for his innovative playing of his self-invented 14-string single neck dual fingerboard guitar. Until then, Felix had been playing a custom solid body instrument, but since his music was evolving more towards Jazz Fusion/Metal he naturally was looking for an instrument that would be closer to "tradition", hence an archtop guitar!

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 "the feather projecT":  using very thin laminates...

The archtop guitar has evolved quite a bit in the last 50 years or so.  Still, It remains mostly associated with Jazz. Since the very first day in my archtop building career,  I've always believed that this type of guitar had more to offer than the typical mid-rangy tone associated with this instrument, hence my quest to come up with an archtop that would retain some of its characteristic traditional tone but could also appeal to those who are looking for an instrument that could also deliver a tone closer to a steel-string guitar...Finally had time to put the finish on!!!!!!!!!!!!! See PICS here

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 "Bending Guitar Wood Bindings"

Here's a video that I recently made that demonstrates the method I use for bending guitar wood bindings. For serious amateurs only!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTbc6FDusUQ&list=UUKIGL0JkUnA9COcExIwP3Fw