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About steve

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

A visit from another Steve

Steve Oliver has commissioned a guitar to be built. Actually I’m right in the middle of constructing it. He came to my workshop to visit and check the progress. Thanks for visiting, Mr Oliver. It’s a pleasure to share conversation … Continue reading

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Cedar top, 640 scale length, cut-away

Here is a quite nice instrument. Very easy to play. I wrote about it before on this blog. It is a sibling of the one I built for Pedro Cortes in 2019. It has been here all that time. I … Continue reading

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Rosette evolution

Brazilian background.

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Brazilian Rosewood takes over the shop so I can find the set I want.

Sometimes I just get out all my sets of rosewood and play with them… Sometimes I’m looking for specific attributes, size, color, figure. Today I pulled every set out and matched some backs and sides. Today I found a set … Continue reading

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Expressions of Appreciation

I do get letters/notes/emails/cards of appreciation from players of my guitars. I have a page on my website that shows many of them. They go back more than 20 years. Here’s the latest from the new owner of the guitar … Continue reading

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Preview of future attraction. Spruce and Amboyna burl.

Here’s a top, a very fine Euro spruce, joined and with rosette inlaid. Amboyna burl background….

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New Guitar – Hello, Goodbye

About as soon as they are born, they leave. The conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn happened in December 2020. The guitar “Conjunction” is a blend. A combination of many elements. Jazz, Flamenco, Classical. Also, a team effort with the customer. … Continue reading

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Brandenburg Concerto No 3. BWV 1048 by the Vancouver Guitar Orchestra

I go crazy in love with the Brandenburgs. This is a fun rendition of the Allegro to the 3rd Brandenburg. This should lift somebody’s spirits. The video was put together by Anna Pietrzak. She arranged the music for the Vancouver … Continue reading

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50 years since I built my first Ganz Guitar

The year was 1970. I’m playing hookie from school at Arizona State University. I had a friend whose brother played guitar in a rock band. He was a real cool dood. Lots of hair and patchuli oil, and a good … Continue reading

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A podcast from Del – Retirement Talk

Before moving to Blaine in 2009, I was talking with a friend. My friend Del does podcasting on the topic of “Retirement” . He’s been retired for quite a while, so he’s pretty qualified on the topic. Retirement (Life without … Continue reading

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