I began making guitars when in August 2012 I accepted a place on the Stringed Instruments Course at Anniesland College in Glasgow, administered and tutored by Paul Hyland, Bill Kelday and Russell Aitken. I would highly recommend this course, it was probably the best learning experience of my life. Please view the Guitar Making Process and Design Process pages for more information.
The Country Curve Deluxe (Dolly)
Dedicated for my youngest daughter Cliona, my first guitar apparently has classic country looks and was named by fellow student Stephen Stobbs, ‘The Country Curve Deluxe’, the rest of the class called her Dolly. She is made from a standard Martin OM pattern.
She has an Engelman Spruce top, flamed maple back and sides and Brazilian Mahogany neck. I used off cuts from the maple back for a book matched head stock veneer, rosette and tail patch.The purfling is stained maple, mitred at the tail patch, binding, heel cap, bridge and fingerboard are Rosewood. The finish is French Polished Shellac.
Pictures courtesy of Ryan Gibson.
Mario The Spalted Silverado
My second guitar is dedicated to Caitlin who chose a piece of spalted silver birch for the decorative head stock veneer, rosette and tail patch. The pieces were so fragile I had to soak them in resin before they were hard enough to plane. The body is my own OM size template design and she has my unique ‘Whale Tail’ Volute. She is made with Engelman Spruce top, maple back and sides and Brazilian Mahogany neck. The binding, heel cap, bridge and fingerboard are Rosewood. The finish is French Polished Shellac.
Pictures by Ryan Gibson.