I have been somewhat occupied of late, focusing on the long delayed completion of a guitar I started building a couple of years ago. Two full-time jobs and two house moves have, since beginning the project, slowed progress but, Danielle, the soon to be new owner of the guitar, has shown admirable patience and not cancelled the order. Rather, I should say, her father who is buying the guitar as a present, has not cancelled the order. And so it is to be delivered this weekend when we will all get together and jam with wine and food.
But I digress. I started this design based upon the Martin “000” shape with a rounded (Venetian) cutaway. (This is my favourite guitar size, being a small finger-picking kind of guy.) There were two main differences I wanted to achieve with this one. Firstly, I made the instrument deeper than you would normally find a “000” . This would give it some “oomph” for chordal playing and secondly, I wanted the guitar to be “bling-free” . No shell inlay, no glossy abalone or pearl – just decoration and beauty from the wood. My view is that if you are going to build a custom guitar there is no point in duplicating a factory model. If that’s what you want – go and buy one, it’ll be cheaper.
Having said that, the headstock was “accidentally” made for me by my friend Alan Marshall, who makes superb guitars at Northworthy Guitars, in Derbyshire UK. I say “accidentally” because I was working on the neck in Alan’s workshop and didn’t get chance to get back to it for a while. In the meantime Alan thought the neck was for a guitar he was building for me (personally) and so built the neck as if it was his wood and design. Hence, the guitar has his logo but is not a Northworthy guitar. (Just in case there are some purists out there.)
So, the spec, is;
solid European Spruce top
Indian Rosewood back and sides
English Plain trim
Brazilian Rosewood bridge
Bone saddle and nut
The tuners are gold-plated Gotoh’s
End flash and truss rod cover are flamed Maple
Therefore, a solid wood guitar, no laminates or plastic. The pictures: