I started building classical guitars in 1968, and built my first archtop guitar in 1972. Two years later, I built a guitar for jazz legend Sal Salvador – and began a long friendship and collaboration with
Salvador (I later created the Sal Salvador Artist model for Salvador in 1980).
All guitars are handcrafted by me in my workshop. Since the mid-1970s, I have been searching and stockpiling fine instrument woods. In 1976, I purchased a good-sized quantity of Gabon ebony, as well as Brazilian and Indian rosewood. I currently uses figured woods for all models, and I have a supply of figured maple for special commissions.
I began using Adirondack (American Red) spruce for guitar tops since 1993, which is whiter in appearance than the Sitka spruce that is also available. Since mid-1996, I have built over eighty archtop guitars. Although archtops have been my main focus since 1974, I have also built over one hundred classical, flat-top acoustics, and solid body electrics since the mid-1970s
This guitar was built in 1992 and features a spruce top and a gorgeous Birdseye Maple Back and sides. A 2 piece Flamed Maple neck with an Ebony Finger board. The scale length is 24 3/4″. It also features an inlaid Brazilian Rosewood pickguard and tailpiece and well as a Brazilian Rosewood bridge, 5 ply binding on the body neck and headstock and gold hardware.
The guitar is in impeccable condition showing only the slightest amounts of play wear for a 27 year old guitar. Comes with a Dearmond Rhythm Chief 1100 pickup for that Golden Age tone!