Archive for April, 2010

Guitar 905 – Pics for Phinney

April 17, 2010

Phinney auction folks have requested photos of 905 for their brochure and website to show last year’s guitar as an example for this year’s auction.  John will be in town for the first week in may, so I’ll have his guitar ready.  I’ll ask the auction folks if they would like it onsite during the auction for an example.

2010 Phinney Neighborhood Center Auction

April 10, 2010

Once again, sMg Guitars will be donating the construction of a custom guitar for the Phinney Neighborhood Center Auction.  See for details on attending the auction and bidding.

Last year’s auction guitar is 905.  Click on the category in the list to the left to see a running commentary on the design and construction of last year’s auction guitar.

Guitar 1002 – Dreadnought?

April 3, 2010

As I wind up guitars 904 and 905, it’s time to start thinking about the next one.  I don’t have any specific commissions on the horizon, so now might be the right time to build one on spec.  I have lots of wood on hand to use for the next guitar.

In back and side sets, I have Peruvian walnut, ziricote, East Indian rosewood, and ovangkol.  I have a Sitka spruce top set, and several Engelmann spruce tops.  There may be a limitation in size for some of these sets, so if I go dreadnought, it may force my choice.


These Engelmann tops are small and only appropriate for parlors.


The ovangkol was originally for Guitar 903, but I may change direction with 903, or not do it at all.


The Peruvian walnut is simple, plain, and may be used for 903.


This ziricote is kind of exciting, and I’m leaning toward this as I haven’t worked with ziricote before.


I’ve been sitting on this East Indian rosewood for some time, very traditional but very nice.

I guess I need to get down to storage and measure these out before making a plan.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

April 1, 2010

2 guitars have just come out of the cure phase for the lacquer.  This week I begin the process of cutting and buffing.   They look great, no gaps left to fill, and they should buff up nicely.