- Looks like I will appear at 4
festivals in 2020. Bowersox International Guitarapalooza is late
March. (B.I.G.(er) than last year, is more like a party in many ways,
but is the most fun show of the 200 or so I've participated in.
Conner, WA will happen in May. Linda will accompany me again as the
town made us feel like we were on a honeymoon. We'll drive up and back
and take a week without the dog to do it.
Valley Bluegrass Festival isn't technically a Guitar Festival either,
but with 4 days, 20 luthiers, 3000 pickers, and plenty of business over
the years, I treat it as one. Try it.
- And then, in late October, the Woodstock
Invitational Luthiers Show, WILS. Woodstock has become the top show in
the US handbuilders circuit, anbd I am delighted to have been invited
to participate onec again.
- 2019 found
me slowing down a bit, and in September I had my Heart's Aortic valve
replaced with a tissue valve. In my case, that is code for "Pig". I
also had double bypass surgery. I have recovered nicely and am
complaining about my back more than my heart. If you are thinking of
voting for Bernie and feel he has a heart health risk, my condition is
vastly more serious, and I have a projected probable life expectancy of
- I keep seeing people unwilling to order custom
guitars because of long wait lines. People somethimes make
assumptions and fail to actually inquire. Although my list is currently
just 5 months long, I recommend to most customers that it is a
good idea to discuss the deatils of their build for 6 months before
cutting wood. A guitar can be many things to many people, and 6 months
gives us a better shot at getting it right for YOU.
because I like to build speculative guitars, and partly because I offer
stunningly good trade-in value of my older guitars, I am currently
sitting on 23 of my own pieces of guitar work. I keep of them listed on
my "forsale" page, but there are usually
more, as there are now.
- JB/2 is my standard 1/2" total
discrepancy MultiSacale (JB) divided by two, a 1/4" discrepance
MultiScale. Ay first blush it may sound too subtle to be worth the
trouble, but results bear it out as noticeably superior to convention 1
length fret sacal systems. I am a believer, and have made about a dozen
examples at this point.
- With its finish curing on my
window sill is an FT-16C Penngrove JB/2 (Dalbergia
tucurensis/Adirondack) which I intend to show at this year's festivals
until someone buys it. You could commission something similar, but this
one will be sold only at a show.
- While it cures, I am building an FT-0C
JB/2 (Cuban mahogany/German spruce) for a customer who plans to take
deliver at the previously mentioned B.I.G(er) event about halfway
between Austin and San Antonia in Texas.
- A considerable time
been spent creating a List of
all my instrument work since day one! Unfortunately, I didn't realize I
was pursueing my lifes work for the first several years, and there is
much I do not recall. Please have a look, and if you know something I
haven't recorded, let me know. I have included the customers or current
owners names in many cases, and if yours is there against your wishes,
let me know and it will go.
have written the
book you may have heard me speak of, but have lost interest in
publishing it. Just so you know. I may or may not pick that up again.
- I have recently
updated my Testimonials page. I
resisted this kind of self-promotion for years, but it turns out people
feel a lot less at risk treating themselves to my work knowing that
they are not tthe only one. You are not alone!