my clients tend to drive this decision based on what they want from
pickups in most of my guitars because they are well made and they
custom design is uncanny. If I have a selection I need to choose from, I
use my ears.
How has your approach to building guitars evolved or changed
over the years?
and somewhat radical. I also get to design and build some pretty
out-there stuff. I still believe the guitar is an acoustic instrument,
and this has shaped the way I design and work. But my craft continues to evolve due to the fact that I am constantly learning about
what;makes;a;great;guitar.;What;I’m;building;today;I;feel;is;light-years ahead of where I started. I hope to look back in five years and
think the same thing about today.
What do you consider to be your most unorthodox and radical
theories and approaches?
concept of a solidbody acoustic allows me to incorporate ideas from
I do not build replica
guitars. My goal is to expand
the concept of the guitar,
to refine and evolve it into
that I have developed acoustic designs that allow characteristics of a
self-taught, I design bracing systems to fit the design I am working
tonal-structural bracing designs that are very different than the typical
I understand you burned a guitar you deemed a “tonal dud.”
Others might have passed it off as a factory second.