using any available technology, so long as there is a distinction in the
processes between what is automated and what must be done by hand.
selecting the woods, tuning the bodies to work together with the necks,
instrument is acoustic or electric, these tasks will always be done with the
skill and knowledge that can only come from an appreciation of what
only machine capable of that is the human body. A machine can certainly help get to the point where this important work begins.
What do you think about the Plek fret-leveling machine?
Actually,;I;think;extensive;fretwork;is;unnecessary;on;a;new;instru-ment. After reading the many chapters on leveling frets in every gui-tar-making book, it occurred to me that the problem was not with
the frets, but with the generally accepted way that necks are built.
processes and have achieved zero fret buzz without ever leveling the
is done, the fretboard is stable and straight and is predictable under
What are your favorite woods and why?
tops. It is such a gorgeous wood and has this dark tonality that appeals
to me musically. Another favorite is korina, because of its rich midrange tones that are perfect for that classic carved-top sound. Paired
One of the accomplishments Myka is
proudest of is the full-access, heelless neck
joint he developed over the course of a year. It’s shown here
on the #082 Hollow Dragon, and he’s currently developing a
line of full-size acoustics with the same heel design.
What is it about the Kingwood that you’re digging so much?
I have a collection of Brazilian rosewood fingerboards, and I hear
Brazilian is known for. In a blind tap test, I am not sure I could tell
Which components are outsourced?
I outsource hardware and electronic components, such as tuning keys,
be machining more of my own hardware. But all of the woodworking
is done in-house and always will be.
How do you go about selecting and mating pickups for your