"David L. and Jim_in_Tucson. Thanks for the comments. Of course in a "No Rules" world that we've built, all perspectives are valid. I am thinking that people would grow faster in the craft if they were willing…"
"I would tend to stay with !/4" sides, but a good hardwood instead of play. Sides need to be stiff, but not heavy. Also, if you want an acoustic/electric, the freedom of the top to vibrate is important."
http://s275.photobucket.com/albums/jj317/WichitaSam/?action=view¤t=WS95008.jpg Hey Ya'll, All the talk about reso's got me stirred up. I decided to go low tech and do a paint can lid (quart size) reso... It's a test build for a future custom I am doing for a dobro player. Your basic Don Tomas box, oak neck thru (blinded off inside the box), mahogany fretboard, fretless, a quart paint can lid, corian… Continue
Hi Sam, Thanks for the response. You can see on my website what folks contact me about. My current pricing is as follows: $260 for the basic guitar (my website details what that is). I charge another $40 for a rosewood or ebony fretboard and another $20 for the sound holes with chrome covers option. Your price is whatever you determine.
I only average about 3 -4 guitars a month. Although I'm sure I could sell more than that but just don't have the time to build them. I realize that all of our guitars are different and that's terrific. I'm not looking for someone that builds clones of my guitars, just someone that I can comfortably refer people to who builds something sort of similar to mine. After all, its the style that I build that prompts folks to get hold of me in the first place. I'd be wasting everybody's time if I refer them to anyone building guitars from a poplar 1x2 glued to a cigar box. Please understand, I'm not implying that's what you build or there's anything wrong with them. But folks inquire about my guitars because they want something other than that.
I've looked at your page here and like many of your guitars. Do you have a website?
Sam just wanted to tell ya how much I like your song on the new Dylan cd. So out and out COOL! Just an excellent groove and your laid back authentic and o so natural voice. The perfect version if you ask me and one of my favorite trcks on the cd. Really a stand out performance....matt
Aha...........I pushed the right button, I wasn't sure......:<)
It's my pleasure sir, I appreciate the advice. I'm probably going to need much more as time goes by in here. Just waiting on one last order to arrive, pick up a scroll saw and then I should be getting started.
Unless of course that new St. Blues CBG arrives first and I may have a bit of a conflict of what to pay attention to first.
Sam, I hope you are still building and possible selling as I was just trying to send someone your way or at least in the direction of the builders I admire. As A side not, I got to play the banjo I got from you in an independent film made by some friends in Boston. It is called sun catcher. You may be able to find it online somewhere like Vimeo. Not sure how it all turned out but I saw a rough cut and the scene I play it in is all there It is used on 2 songs. Hope you can check it out along the line. Thanks again for your kind words. You do a lot to encourage and advise the new here and that is really valuable. You are really the elder stateman here......matt
Hi, Sam! LTNS! No, I don't think St. Louis is in the cards. I have a crazy summer of classes for work, and young adult children that still need shuttling around the US for jobs and school. But I am glad to be building again. Working on a fiddle bridge now for an oooooold violin, and refinishing the top of same. Coming off a crazy amount of work, but I have a little lull until the summer madness begins.
Thanks for the Imfo Sam! I'm definitely going to do that on my next build. Do you think he glued the box bottom to the kneck throug as well? That was such a slim box he used especially with the relief he had to create for that Harrison P/U - there could'nt have been much material left for structural strength? In any event I 'll let you know how it turns out.
P.S. definitely a slow slide player & I'll stick to Oak or Hickory.
Thanks for the kind words on my song Sam. I made the cd because I was really happy with the uke I had made. 3 strings and fretless it came together really easy which does not often happen for me. It is really fun to play. Hope you like the rest of the cd...matt