Mr. Dependable. Ganz Hauser model.

One of the most used, most reproduced, most beloved and dependable designs for classical guitars: Hauser 1937.

If this one looks familiar, maybe it’s because it has appeared here before. That was about 10 years ago, when I first started this blog. See also http://ganzguitars.com/wp/hauser-strung/

I recently bought it back from a customer who told a story about having a long standing injury to his hand, that prevented him enjoying playing anymore. Sad for him….

But the guitar is in great condition, and sounds good, very fun to play.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Breaking news: Guitar impacted by asteroid Ceres

Sort of… Here is a cutaway guitar. 640mm scale length. Channel top. Double sides. Ultra cutaway. Clear golpeadores. Same model as one I made for Pedro Cortes who is currently touring with that guitar. Contact me for more information

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Torres FE 05 model

A couple years ago I made a Torres FE 05 out of Movingue which was very successful. The original, labeled in 1857, Sevilla was built with Rio Rosewood. So here’s another FE 05 incarnation, with some beautiful rosewood. Scale length is 650, like the original. In fact, I have replicated all the original measurements that were documented in the Romanillos book, “Antonio De Torres: Guitar Maker His Life and Work

The sound is great. Let me know if you want to try her. The guitar is available for purchase.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Some pictures of a guitar for JP

Here’s a guitar finished earlier this year. I suppose you might say it’s pretty. A few bells and whistles. It is a Romanillos plantilla, but with double sides and back. Rosewood and Euro-Spruce. Powerful and soulful voice. 650 scale length.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Joachim Schneider Guitar spa treatment

A customer brought his guitar in to refresh the finish. So I took some pictures.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

More of Brandon’s guitar

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A guitar for Brandon

I’ve been working on a guitar for a player in nearby Vancouver BC. I make all the parts in my shop. They will start going together pretty quickly.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Batuque goes away after a trip to the Guitar Spa

Batuque was in rough shape when she came in. (See these posts (1) (2) .) Back braces loose, bindings broken, rattled when played. The fix was to remove and replace the back, reglue the braces, new bindings, refresh the finish and make sure playability and sound were good. After the owner got the guitar back, he wrote how much the restoration pleased him. “Fab” he said. Bart also has another guitar that I built for him in 2004.

Hi Steve,
Yes, the guitar came in today.  The restoration is absolutely wonderful!  I definitely was not expecting it to be this fab, considering the shape it was in.  It looks and plays beautifully.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking such great care of it!  Also, this is the first time that the 7 string and the Batuque are in the same room.  It was truly a pleasure to a/b them for the first time ever!  I feel like a kid in a candy store with these two guitars!
Cheers, Bart

Posted in Repair and restoration, workshop | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Still Life with Guitar

I got an email from James Bishop Edwards this morning. Here is what he wrote:

Hi Steve, sometimes the morning light hits the guitar and it looks beautiful so I have to take a photo.:)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Batuque – refreshing the finish

One of the nice things about french polish shellac is that it can be refreshed. So, after Batuque got it’s back repaired and replaced, I began give it a refreshed finish.

It looks pretty good. Not perfect, but it’s not so rough anymore. Compare to the before pictures

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment