Custom Guitars When David Myka says he’s ready to take on any project, no matter how out-there or customized, you know he means it: He built his first guitars out of throwaway parts—including radio guts and nut-and-bolt tuning keys—and wound his first pickups out of reclaimed transformer wire and 6-penny nails.
ABOVE: This #047 Dragonfly Supreme features a bone nut and a headstock
veneer made of Amboyna burl, an exotic hardwood from southeast Asia. The
Supreme’s ebony-buttoned Waverly tuners also feature the Amboyna burl veneer.
LEFT: David Myka’s #025 guitar features a mahogany body with a drop-dead
gorgeous quilted-maple top, an ebony-topped cocobolo neck, curly koa
binding, a Stetsbar tremolo, two Lollar P-90s, a Rio Grande Babybucker,
and a mid-boost/cut circuit.
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luthier will bring your idea to life and fine-tune it to become the instrument
access to a good stash, you can even supply your own woods.
A self-taught luthier, he started building guitars in his teens using old
ken radios for parts. He took wire from transformers and wrapped it
had nuts and bolts for tuning keys.
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perspective and philosophy of guitar making.
What type of players are drawn to Myka guitars?
I tend to attract people who are looking for something very specific
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Do you have standard offerings as well, or is everything custom?
a standard set of about five body shapes to choose from, as well as