Basic range of Instruments

Bass Instruments

Double Bass
Maggini / Viol

I craft two styles of double bass, the Maggini and the Viol, the Viol has sloping shoulders. Either style can be made with a carved or flat back. The basic difference is the Maggini is wider and longer and can be difficult to play if you are more accustomed to the Viol Double Bass.
Acoustic Bass Guitar Acoustic bass guitars have a sound similar to, yet distinct from, the double bass. When building an acoustic bass guitar it's critical to get the correct resonance else the instrument will fail across an area of the lower scale.
4 String Bass Guitars Typically I work from the designs of classic shapes and set ups... Fender Jazzman, Rickenbacker, Gibson etc. The instruments I make are never a direct copy, when building any instrument the final design is always determined by the musician's requirements.
5-12 String Bass Guitars These instruments are more than a standard 4 string bass and are suited for the very skilled musician who has a competent working knowledge of music. Typically I make these instruments for session musicians, very capable performers and composers/ writers.
Stephen Stick The Stephen Stick comes in a mix of formats between 6-12 string and again these instruments are suited for the more capable musician who records or plays live.
UEB - Upright Electric Bass The sound from a UEB is quite different from an amplified double bass. Due to the design of the UEB they are very stable, great for gigging as they tend not to feed back and are easy to transport. I find they are popular with Latin musicians.

Acoustic Guitars

Name Description
Classical / Spanish Guitars The variety of Spanish guitars I build utilise various brace systems. The double brace offers a tight sound, more suited to a skilled player with a talent for fast picking.
Flat Top Guitars I have over 14 different templates I use to form the basic body shape of my flat top guitars, this is just a starting point. I can vary the body depth, make cutaways or double cutaways, the neck width can be wide or narrow with a long or short scale neck. There are many possibilities.
Jumbo Guitars 3 sizes : mini - medium - large. The Jumbo in its various forms is one of the most popular guitars I build. If you're recording or playing live they perform well and have great projection. The set up determines the performance of any instrument, I can set the action for slide guitar or fast finger styles. For musicians who are strummers looking for that big driving rhythm sound, the jumbo is a power house instrument.
Parlour Guitars The classic Parlour guitar is traditionally nylon string but performs very well with steel strings. I build these in a mix of variations from the classic to the more contemporary shapes.

Electric Guitars

Name Description
Archtop Jazz Guitars Jazz Emperor Acoustic, Semi Acoustic and full electric. These instruments I hand carve the soundboard and back, this gives the instrument a very live acoustic sound. I have a variety of sizes and body depths to choose from. The pick up, volume and tone controls are not usually set into the body, in order to protect the guitar's acoustic qualities
Cutaway Guitars Available in single or double cutaway, semi acoustic or acoustic 16 fret neck join. These guitars are for the finger player or a musician who wants to have free access to the upper scale of the fret board.
Semi Acoustic Guitars Available in a mix of body shapes and depths, from no cutaway to single or double cut away. Often these instruments are set with the neck join at the 16th fret, as Bo Diddley often used.
Solid Body Electric guitars Solid body electric guitars in a range of shapes and formats, there are too many styles and shapes to describe here. Please see the photographs on this website for a small sample of the shapes and designs I build.

Other instruments

Name Description
Mandolin I build electric and acoustic mandolins, these are by special order.
Ukulele The classic Hawaiian Ukulele has been very popular but I only do a limited run of these and the waiting time can be quite long.

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