THE NECK : Building the perfect neck starts with the curiously difficult and involved task of timber selection. I use only one-piece, quarter-sawn flame Maple* -- from a variety only found in the north-eastern United States and Canada.
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THE BODY: Most of the Spirit Series™ bodies begin with a single, light weight piece of swamp Ash (other timbers, including Alder and Ponderosa Pine are also available). The exact specifications of the body routs and shaping have evolved ever-so-slightly over the years. Click on thumbnail to view slideshow
ASSEMBLY: The "Consummation Date" takes place when the body and neck are fitted (mated). Spirit Series™ guitar the necks are compression fit into the body. This fitting process and a host of other techniques have a dramatic effect upon the instrument's tone. Click on thumbnail to view slideshow
Dear Friends, Many of you have requested a pictorial section on my building process. So we've gathered a collection of photos and organized them for you in a series of quick load slideshows. Some of the photos aren't the best -- but the transformation from raw timber into instruments of this caliber is a fascinating one. These pictorials are organized into three sections: the neck, the body and the assembly. Click on one of the above thumbnail images to view that slide show.
As the photos will indicate, each guitar of my Spirit Series™ is handcrafted to order with an absolutely minimum use of machinery. Specs often change from order-to-order, and I'm continuously tweaking, modifying and improving the techniques. These guitars have the reputation as being the best-of-the-best of the solid-body vintage design electrics, I'm really proud of that. Please feel free to email me if you have questions. . . Enjoy!