A Few Guitars

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I've been building guitars for just over 20 years. It's a slow but satsifying process. Just a hobby builder for myself, family and close friends. I also build other things out of wood. Mostly small furniture pieces although I've also done some larger ones and whatever is on my lovely wife's list. Here's a few. Hope you like.

Darrel

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Impressive.  The flamed maple on the back of one is really outstanding.    My Dad made violins and violas so I fully appreciate the work and craftmanship is your guitars.    wonderful work.

Ron

Wow I am impressed!


Petey

" Impressive.  The flamed maple on the back of one is really outstanding.    My Dad made violins and violas so I fully appreciate the work and craftmanship is your guitars.    wonderful work. "

Thanks Ron. A friend of mine who used to cut maple, sitka, cedar etc. on the west coast gave me the quilt maple board and said "make something with it". It was 18" wide and an inch thick. Wide enough to make a one piece back. Carving quilt maple is a tough and chippy chore. Toothed planes followed by abrasives were a must.

Darrel

Those are beautiful, and the finish is amazing. Well Done

Main Street to the Mountains

Nice...always wanted to build a guitar(even though I cant play).
Maybe one day.

“If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems.”

That’s some really beautiful work!
Those are gorgeous instruments!

“Fake quotes will ruin the internet” — Benjamin Franklin

The workmanship of luthiers always impresses (and scares) me 8^)
Nary a straight edge or flat surface, beautiful creations, I bow to you!
Wow! That quilted maple billet made a fabulous guitar back!  All of your guitars are handsome instruments.  I wish I knew how to play one.  (I tried but was too dumb to learn.)
L/W

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

damn sweet work fog. building musical instruments is a real talent few obtain in life.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Thanks for the kind comments guys and ladies. I can only aspire to some of the incredible work done by some luthiers out there. I try to hold my own and keep on learning.

Darrel

So awesome!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Wow - absolutely beautiful!  Has to be so rewarding to hear one of your instruments being played.  

Sasha. - Life is not a draft, you can't redo it tomorrow

Love this adjustable bridge

I’ll try to adapt that to my next mandolin project. Looks like the footprint is a little too large as is for a mandolin. Shouldn’t be wider than about 3/8”. What’s the slope for the wedge?
 I’ll try to adapt that to my next mandolin project. Looks like the footprint is a little too large as is for a mandolin. Shouldn’t be wider than about 3/8”. What’s the slope for the wedge? 

It's based on Jimmy D'Aquisto's "Accutone" sliding wedge bridge. I can't recall what the slope was but very shallow as you can see with a matching slope on the saddle. I just googled it at the time and built a semblance of it. I've done a few and they work great! I'm sure you could scale it down for a mandola or mandolin but I don't think I've seen anyone do it so take that for what it is. Here's a link to get you started.  2003 D'Aquisto Centura (archtop.com) 

Darrel

Beautiful Instruments I love Guitar and Guitars. I like the adjustable bridge. I have no doubt  thetone and notation is spot on on your Guitars. Thanks for posting. keep up the good work.

-- Soli Deo gloria! ( To God alone be the Glory)

It's based on Jimmy D'Aquisto's "Accutone" sliding wedge bridge.
Thanks for that. I did some digging and found out there’s an article about that bridge in American Luthier #113. I’ve ordered the back issue and will give it a go.
 Thanks for that. I did some digging and found out there’s an article about that bridge in American Luthier #113. I’ve ordered the back issue and will give it a go. 

I have that issue somewhere. I had forgotten about that article but would have read it back before I built his bridges and then forgotten it was in there. Thanks for pointing that out.

Darrel

What a treat to see these! That maple back is outstanding. So many other details to comment on - but I'll just say Wow!

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