Making a Spanish Guitar in the 21st Century

My friend Bob sent me a link to an excellent video documenting the construction of a Spanish (i.e. Classical) Guitar.  The man is obviously a real craftsman with a purpose-built shop and this is definitely not a one-off project.  If you are like me and like to see how things are made, this half hour … Continue reading Making a Spanish Guitar in the 21st Century

Distracted and Sidetracked More Than Usual

As if I didn't have enough irons in the fire... I decided to make (and learn) a new instrument this summer; a three-string cigar box guitar.  It took a few weekends to get it right; figure out the design, apply a finish, and re-work a few details in the setup before I was pleased with … Continue reading Distracted and Sidetracked More Than Usual

Raw and Gritty, Real Blues is Alive and Well

And this is just one facet of this all American genre. https://youtu.be/mZDH7C8N7LE "The blues used to be dangerous, then it got packaged into an adult contemporary box and organized into TAB charts. Luckily, nobody has passed any laws demanding pure traditionalism. I’d rather be a blues liar. You are more than a guitarist. You are … Continue reading Raw and Gritty, Real Blues is Alive and Well