Manufacturing Process

Stage 1. Planning

Planning. Come and talk about what sort of instrument you want. We can decide on size, body shape, scale length, cutaways, pickups, headstock, fancy inlays and much more, exactly as you want it. I often have several guitars at the workshop for you to see and try out.

Maybe you want to buy a special gift for someone. This Walnut and Cedar guitar was made as a wedding present for Jenny and Al, a great musical duo in more ways than one.

Custom Mother of Pearl inlay
Custom Mother of Pearl inlay
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Custom Mother of Pearl inlay
A Patterned Walnut Back
A Custom Rosette
An acoustic ukulele
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Stage 2. Getting Started

Getting started. I order all the components and get to work. You can come to the workshop and watch progress and take photos as the guitar materialises. Be part of the creation of your new guitar!

If you live far away I can send you pictures as the body, neck, fretboard and headstock all take shape.

Using a go bar clamp
Using a go bar clamp
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Using a go bar clamp
Front and back cutouts
Bracing the soundboard
Inserting the pickups
Camping the fretboard
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Stage 3. Your Input

Your input. You can choose a rosette as simple or as complex as you wish. You might even want to bring along some personal pieces you want to inlay into your guitar.

Twin rings of abalone
Twin rings of abalone
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Twin rings of abalone
Herringbone pattern
Inserting the veneers
Octagonal candybars
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Stage 4. Be Patient

Be patient. Quality hand made instruments take time to produce. For a straightforward build I take 3 or 4 months. I prefer to use shellac on acoustic surfaces and most of my instruments are classically French polished. The mother of pearl and abalone dragonfly is my headstock icon.

My dragonfly logo
My dragonfly logo
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My dragonfly logo
Flame maple and purplewood stripe
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Stage 5. Enjoy

Enjoy. Here are some happy customers

Bernie Hollywood OBE and his ukulele
Bernie Hollywood OBE and his ukulele
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Bernie Hollywood OBE and his ukulele
Ben and his guitar
Another happy customer
Sam and his guitar
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