Anatomy of a new design

The next mandolin is underway!

This will be a special project because the name of this instrument will be “The Thula.” Thula was my grandmother’s name on my dad’s side of the family, she was an accomplished violinist and her story is remarkable. As each step is completed on this prototype I’ll post some pictures of her and of my dad’s […]

Unplugged

When I hear the term “unplugged,” I have to laugh. Almost every piece of acoustic music from the 1970’s was unplugged! Then, Nirvana comes along in 1993 with their “unplugged” concert, and people think it’s revolutionary!? And, as you’ll note in this Nirvana video, they still “plug-in.”

Thinking back to folks like Gordon Lightfoot and […]

Some of the finest new guitars

The Martin Guitar Company will often send some reps around to different location throughout the US. During one of these episodes I had the opportunity to play some Martin Authentics. These guitars are built to “old world” standards, using hide glue and a bit more “hand” fitting in the process of construction.

Take a look:

These […]

Tour of Martin Guitar Factory & Museum

As I continue my tour of American-made guitar manufactures, I had the chance in 2010 to spend time at the Martin Factory & Museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. The pictures are of the instruments in the museum (no pictures allowed in the factory).

There are two buildings in Nazareth, PA representing the Martin Guitar company. The main […]

Taylor Guitar factory tour

In 2004 I took the opportunity to visit the Taylor Guitar company in El Cajon, CA. This is another manufacturer of American-made guitars.

If you find yourself in the San Diego area and have a few extra hours, do drive a bit east and visit Taylor Guitars, it is well worth the drive.

Taylor is an […]