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About steve

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

A concert and a walk with Gyan Riley

Friday night I went to a concert at the Western Front art house in Vancouver. Gyan Riley was playing and it was a total pleasure to see and hear him play for a long set. Gyan’s technique is classical, but … Continue reading

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Kyle takes the cake…. The OC Guitar Festival

Kyle Khembonjong placed first in the youth division at the Orange County Guitar Festival last weekend. Congratulations Kyle. Here he is holding his certificate and with Manuel Barrueco. These guys can both play guitar pretty well, and it looks like … Continue reading

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Three Cut-aways – Tops

Two cedar, one spruce. All three tops will be what I call “channel top” construction.

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Three cut-aways… Necks

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On the project of cut-aways… http://ganzguitars.com/wp/new-design-for-cut-away/ I am making a batch of 3 of them. All will be negras, with Indian Rosewood back and sides. Two will be 650 scales, one 640. One will be Spruce, the other two Cedar. … Continue reading

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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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