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About steve

Luthier in the northwest of the Northwest. Classical guitars, custom instruments, repairs and restorations.

Bridge weight

Here is what happens to a bridge when it gets shaped prior to being attached to a guitar. It loses weight.

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New Design for Cut-away

Pedro wants a florentine cut-away. I’ve done another style in the past, so I’m making this design … It has to do a few things; Allow access to the very upper frets without putting the thumb on top of the … Continue reading

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Feedback from Players

I get updates from people who play the guitars I build.  Sometimes I reference them here, on the Appreciation page. It’s rewarding when players do that.  Sometimes they send me pics of OUR babies…  Yes, I build ’em and they … Continue reading

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A 1960’s Harmony

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Well.  Here’s a nice looking old guitar. Here’s my analysis… Harmony steel string H162 model?, 000 shape  ?, on the inside 2222H162 Requests Assessment Setup Strings Tuners Top is laminate/ply spruce, cracked on outside veneer Back and sides are plywood … Continue reading

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Lettre a lettre: a poem/barcarole

This guitar hurts beautiful The tune it plays is gentle: rocking waves upon hull I hold it to my breast the aching wave shivers keel and ribs enclosing heart It makes my sternum hurt right there, above the heart An … Continue reading

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Another new guitar – Available now

I have guitars to sell! I have updated the guitars for sale page I added a link to a new cedar and rosewood double top. It’s a student model, so it will be priced to be affordable. I also moved … Continue reading

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UW Summer Guitar Workshop

This Saturday I’ll be going down to University of Washington to present some thoughts to the attendees at the Classical Guitar Intensive Summer Workshop. This should be fun, in slightly terrifying way… 🙂 I get to talk about classical guitars … Continue reading

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Kyle Khembunjong and his 100 days of practice

Gifted young guitarist Kyle Khembunjong (instagram @kyle.khembo) http://www.pictame.com/user/kyle.khembooo/1556840264 is keeping a video record of his practicing. As of today, Kyle is on day 62.  He’s a hard worker and making the most of his talent. I have to say it’s … Continue reading

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8 string guitar

Why would you want more strings? Isn’t the guitar full of strings already? 8 strings extend the range of notes in a satisfying way.

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A quick walk-through of the NW Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit

A real extravaGANZa seriously fun. This is right before it opened to the public.

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