Hardware machined in House – Dream to Reality Part 2

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 Things here at the shop have taken a major evolution this last year, and I’d like to explain a little about the new hardware. Over the years, building custom unique guitars has unveiled many different opportunities and creative challenges. This year the focus has been hardware. Making it in house has been challenging but I couldn’t be happier with the … Read More

Lacquer Master – Addam Stark

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Ive been wanting to go into a little more depth about the finishes on my guitars for some time now and decided an entry here would be a good spot.   If you own one of my guitars that has a lacquer finish, it was done by the legendary Addam Stark (note the 2 d’s!).  AND if you own one … Read More

Katana – From Dream to Reality

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  I spent 5 years setting necks and fitting dovetails while working at The Santa Cruz Guitar Company. This is where and when the idea of incorporating a Japanese style neck joint came to me. And 10 years later it has come to reality. In the new Katana model there is also a few other ideas implemented. One piece solid … Read More

Solace – Simplicity Meets Complexity

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The Solace is a new guitar that draws inspiration from instruments thought history. The Pickup At the heart of the guitar is a special designed blade style pickup, that is inserted into a non ferrous stainless steel “Cigar” tube. This shields the single coil design incredibly well, making it quiet and great for the studio. The idea comes from the … Read More

A Collaboration With Stanley Mouse

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A guitar painted by Stanley Mouse! That has got to be one of the coolest things ive been apart of in my career.  Working with some of my “Heros of Art” is really the highlight of guitar building. Carving Tony Rices and Norman Blakes personal necks for his Santa Cruz Guitars, building a fretless guitar for Steve Kimock, building a … Read More

Santa Cruz Luthiers Exhibit – ON TV!

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Did you know Santa Cruz has its own wood shop television program?  Wood Works is on Channel 27 / 73 on Thursday nights at 6:30 and Sunday mornings at 9:00. They just recently did two episodes with some of the local Luthiers, Rick Turner, myself, Eric Poulsen and Willie Carter, and Colin Alder of Cruztone steel guitars.  Jayme Kelly Curtis, … Read More

Santa Cruz County Art of Guitar Exhibit and Festival

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Art of Guitar – Santa Cruz Luthier Exposition Ive lived in Santa Cruz for 13 years now and its gone by fast.  Its been an amazing ride! I moved here from Phoenix to work at Santa Cruz Guitar Company and further my studies of guitar building. Little did I know, Santa Cruz has some amazing talent and a hand full … Read More

The Jimson – Behind The Name

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I have been getting asked lately about he meaning behind the Jimson model name.  To me the “T” style guitar and the music created by it, are a reflection of the southwest. So like most of my sources for inspiration, I looked into mother nature for a name. The Desert Southwest is a home to me and a huge inspiration … Read More

Electric Mandolin Journey with Michael Kang and Jack Rajca

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Ok!! So the last couple months have been incredible busy and exciting. A new Journey has begun and will do my best to keep anyone who is interested, informed and entertained by this process.  I have the pleasure to be working with a couple amazing and talented artist, Michael Kang of The String Cheese Incident and Jack Rajca of Fishbone … Read More

The Fretboard Journal Article

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If your not familiar with The Fretboard Journal Magazine,  check it out. Its a quarterly, coffee table, style mag, full of great reading and pictures, and not allot of advertising, so the content is jammed full of little gems. Its usually found in a good music store or larger bookstores that stock a good supply of magazines. Although only 4 … Read More

Steel Guitar

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One of my earliest memories, as a child, was hearing the steel guitar and being fascinated by the huge angelic tone that seemed to come out of nowhere. This was one of three flags that have stood out in my journey. The second  flag was playing a Santa Cruz Guitar Company “Tony Rice” acoustic. I had never played a guitar … Read More