Here are some pics sent in by Leo of his Blues Machine. He was looking for something a little different tone-wise, so I ended up making him a set of Firebird style humbuckers.
I made this one for Jeffro. I used a deluxe all wood Punch box. This time I put in a scarf joint for the headstock, some fancy veneer on the peghead and tail, and frets. The fret markers are made of rosewood. I did some special tweaking with the neck angle. And, of course, a […]
I have a cache of amazing 100 year old veneer that came from some long forgotten furniture manufacturer in Cincinnati. My boss at the time saw it listed in the classified ads. It sounded intriguing, so we went over to check it out. The building was a huge old former brewery. There were a couple […]
7 Hills Stomp (aka The Joker and Elemental), playing a three stringer with a Skeesix Scorch N Twang pickup.
I made this video for someone at Cigar Box Nation who was having trouble getting a good tone out of a slide. I thought it might be useful to others, so I’m posting it here too. The CBG is a Jose de Gener box and maple neck, with a Skeesix Scorch N Twang 3 pole […]
I’m happy to report that a picture of Big Jack Johnson playing the CBG I made for him appeared in the April/May 2010 issue of Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine, page 40.
The Gibson is finally complete. Here are some pics of the new kerfing and the back going on. Then the sides were completely scraped/sanded bare and stained with a matching stain. Colortone stains from Stewmac made the matching easy. Along the way I had to learn how to French Polish since that’s what they used […]
After going through two makeshift winders, one made from a record player and the other from a drill press, I felt serious and passionate enough about pickup making to spend the major portion of last year designing and building my current winder. I got a lot of inspiration from the Designed2wind website and also Jason […]
This was a project for Kimski who travels a lot and needed a bass that could easily go with her. I took another stab at a short scale rubber string bass, this time without a cigar box, due to space constraints. This bass will fit right in a suitcase! The overall length is about 24 […]
A couple of years ago, I built a CBG for Clarksdale, MS blues musician Big Jack Johnson, but he never got it because it was stolen in transit. Everyone was so disappointed. So I finally built him another one and gave it to him personally at the ultimate juke joint – Red’s in Clarksdale, MS. […]