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A few guitars I've built

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Project by Foghorn posted 02-22-2020 07:41 AM 736 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I build a lot of different things, but my passion is building guitars. Archtops, flat tops, ukuleles and whatever else me or the friends and family I build for want. There’s definitely no money in handbuilding guitars until you’ve put in a few decades and have established a rep. Even then, you won’t be farting through silk very often. :) Most of my archtops come from trees a friend of mine cuts on the West coast of Canada. Big leaf maple, sitka spruce, Western red cedar and yellow cedar. I resaw and process from billets from the chunks I get from him. Here’s a few I’ve built. Still refining after almost 20 years building.

-- Darrel





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JCamp

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#1 posted 02-22-2020 12:03 PM

Beautiful work. If u build those or your friends I have to say I wish I knew u better. Lol.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#2 posted 02-22-2020 12:17 PM

Darrel,

I could be your new best friend! Ha ha ha! Those are SWEET!

Welcome aboard! I’ll be watching to see what I can learn from you and maybe one day I will finally build me that big, blue archtop I’ve been dreaming of!!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#3 posted 02-22-2020 12:30 PM

Beautiful!!

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#4 posted 02-22-2020 01:02 PM

Foghorn, those are amazing. Looking forward to some build pictures.

-- Petey

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#5 posted 02-22-2020 03:57 PM

Awesome craftsmanship. They are beauties.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#6 posted 02-22-2020 04:55 PM

Awesome! I can’t image the combined hours you have in those…..thanks for showing, you should be very proud of those, they are works of art.

-- Mike

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#7 posted 02-22-2020 06:17 PM

beautiful.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#8 posted 02-23-2020 01:20 AM

Payment for a lot of our projects can’t be counted in dollars and cents! Beautiful instruments, I hope they are played forever. Great job!

-- AJ

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#9 posted 02-23-2020 02:35 AM

Thanks for all of the kind comments. I just finished closing up the body on a six string flat top. It has a flamed redwood top and Bolivian Rosewood (Pau Ferro) back and sides. I made the rosette out of scraps of wood that we all have around! neck will likely be a Honduran mahogany and flame maple laminate but we’ll see once I look through my wood stash. Here’s a couple of in progress pics. Flame maple binding and likely an abalone purfling is what I’m thinking. Madagascar rosewood fingerboard as I have a chunk from way back.

-- Darrel

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#10 posted 02-23-2020 02:42 AM



Darrel,

I could be your new best friend! Ha ha ha! Those are SWEET!

Welcome aboard! I ll be watching to see what I can learn from you and maybe one day I will finally build me that big, blue archtop I ve been dreaming of!!!

- mikeacg

There’s plenty on the internet now compared to when I bought Bob Benedetto’s book on building an archtop guitar around 2000. It’s still the bible. I can definitely help you with learnings for things that aren’t readily apparent or described. It’s just wood and whacking it away until it looks like a guitar! :)

-- Darrel

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#11 posted 02-23-2020 03:57 AM

Man, those guitars are sweet. I built guitars in my younger days. I graduated from the Maine School of Luthiery run then by a guy named Nicholas Appolonio.
Arch tops are another beast all together. I’m humbled. Nice work.

Interesting factoid: I’ve got two rosewood guitar back and side sets from 1976 in my shop. They’re what would now be the illegal stuff. They were legal back then. Can’t sell them without documentation of having obtained them before they were banned. They’re so valuable I’m afraid to use them!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Foghorn

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#12 posted 02-23-2020 05:43 AM


Man, those guitars are sweet. I built guitars in my younger days. I graduated from the Maine School of Luthiery run then by a guy named Nicholas Appolonio.
Arch tops are another beast all together. I m humbled. Nice work.

Interesting factoid: I ve got two rosewood guitar back and side sets from 1976 in my shop. They re what would now be the illegal stuff. They were legal back then. Can t sell them without documentation of having obtained them before they were banned. They re so valuable I m afraid to use them!

If it’s Brazilian rosewood you have, you’re a lucky man! Even cocobolo is very nice to have, at least where I’m from. I’ve got a few old sets of rosewood around, but not the ultimate Brazilian (Dalbergia Nigra). Hard to see in the photos, but the larger archtop is one of two bass archtops I built. It has a 20” lower bout and 4” ribs. About as big a guitar you would play before standing it up! :)


-- Darrel

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Craftsman on the lake

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#13 posted 02-23-2020 11:53 AM


Man, those guitars are sweet. I built guitars in my younger days. I graduated from the Maine School of Luthiery run then by a guy named Nicholas Appolonio.
Arch tops are another beast all together. I m humbled. Nice work.

Interesting factoid: I ve got two rosewood guitar back and side sets from 1976 in my shop. They re what would now be the illegal stuff. They were legal back then. Can t sell them without documentation of having obtained them before they were banned. They re so valuable I m afraid to use them!

If it s Brazilian rosewood you have, you re a lucky man! Even cocobolo is very nice to have, at least where I m from. I ve got a few old sets of rosewood around, but not the ultimate Brazilian (Dalbergia Nigra). Hard to see in the photos, but the larger archtop is one of two bass archtops I built. It has a 20” lower bout and 4” ribs. About as big a guitar you would play before standing it up! :)

- Foghorn

Yes they are….

I did notice the bass guitars. Long ago, when I accompanied fiddle players in the are I built a stand up bass in the form of a guitar. I had to brace the hell out of it with those strings. It actually sounded okay….

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#14 posted 02-24-2020 12:54 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#15 posted 02-24-2020 05:02 PM

Stunning!

-- John in Florida

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