Currently, I am set up to offer four models of guitar and a tenor ukulele. I am totally open to developing another model if requested.
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Dreadnought guitars are perhaps the most popular acoustic guitar so everybody makes them. They are relatively large (they were, after all, named after a class of British battleship) so they slightly emphasize bass notes. They are great for strumming and for accompanying singing. They are also a favourite amoung bluegrass players.
A common misconception is that bigger guitars are louder. In fact, the guitars that produce the most volume are those that are close to the "standard" size. They best provide a balance between what material is available to "drive" and the energy that's available in a plucked string to do the driving. All three of the steel string models I offer, produce about the same amount of volume.
A Dreadnought guitar is a great, all round guitar for most people. At 4 7/8" it is deep and one consideration might be that a smaller person may find a smaller guitar, such as the Orchestra Model, more comfortable to hold.
The guitar pictured has a Sikta Spruce top and an East Indian Rosewood back.×
Given that the largest common guitar is called a Jumbo, something called a Small Jumbo might sound like an oxymoron and have you wondering if it's a small guitar or a big guitar. In fact, size wise, the Small Jumbo I build fits nicely between my Dreadnought and Orchestra models. With its tight waist and curvy lower and upper bouts I find the shape very appealing.
The guitar pictured has a Lutz Spruce top and a Brazilian Rosewood back with sapwood showing along the center. The white binding that is popping up nicely against the black backround in the picture, is holly.×
The tenor ukulele is becoming one of the most popular size of ukes. It helps that Jake Shimabukuro and James Hill play them. If you don't know who they are, look on Youtube and be amazed. Tenor ukes are the smallest sized ukulele that allow the option of the fourth string being set up to be tuned to a lower G so the range of available notes is extended.
The inspiration for the pictured ukulele was some "orphaned" Brazilian rosewood that looked to be meant for the back of a small guitar. While trying to decide what to do with it, I realized that there was just enough wood available for the back and sides of a tenor ukulele. So I did it up right with an Englemann top and paua abalone shell all around.×
Orchestra model guitars are, in my view, the definitive model for a steel string guitar. They are well balanced from the low notes to the high notes and it is perhaps because of this that the size has become a favourite among finger style players. The Orchestra model guitar I make is 4 1/8" deep and is very comfortable to hold.
The guitar pictured has a curly Redwood top and a Hormigo back with sapwood showing along the center line.×
I build Classical guitars based on the seven brace fan pattern established by Antonio de Torres. I finish them in a French polished shellac or, if more durablilty is desired, polyester or a hybrid of the two finishes.
The guitar pictured has an Englemann Spruce top and a Macassar Ebony back.×