Well I have completed the binding on this acoustic. Although I planned on using a cocobolo binding, it turned out that there was not enough of a contrast between the binding and the body. Also I was not pleased with the quality of the material I received from my supplier and sent it back. I ended up using a bloodwood binding with a maple laminate. Today I fit the neck to the body. It was a nice fit and required very little adjusting to get it in line and at a proper angle to the body. Taking my time when cutting the tenon and angle there saved me lots of work in the final fit. Next it’s on to the fret work, nut and making the bridge.
Today I made some very good progress on some of my builds. Working on my Cocobolo and redwood guitar I got the binding ledges cut and finally made a decision as to which binding combination to use. Here I am using a cocobolo binding with a maple strip on the side and a w/b/w- coral -w/b/w combo on the top. I like the look. It’s bold enough for a big body guitar like this but not too overpowering.
The March 2013 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine features one of my photos in an article entitled “Headstock Nation” written by Steve James. “A report from the Woodstock Invitational luthiers Showcase”
It has been almost 5 months since I have written a post (sorry for the delay) and about the same amount of time since the 2012 Woodstock Luthiers Invitational that was held at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY . This event would not be possible with it’s creator Baker Rorick.
I had the great pleasure of not only attending and photographing the event, seeing all the beautiful hand-made instruments and meeting their builders, also meeting the tone-wood vendors and buying select woods for some of the instruments I am building, but also hearing all the amazing musicians whom performed on many of those beautiful instruments.
Some of the builders there showing their work.
Aside from being around all those guitars (feeing so in my element) and meeting their builders, an amazing thing happened. I had a chance encounter with John Sebastian (The Lovin Spoonful) himself. While going out to my vehicle I met him and just as a hoot asked him if he would take a look at a Maple Parlor Guitar that I built.
With a smile and without hesitation John followed me to my car and picked up my parlor guitar. For a moment or two he just humored me and picked a few notes. Then his ear moved toward the sound hole followed by his hand reaching into his pocket and pulling out some finger picks began to play. For the next 5 minutes Mr. Sebastian picked out a bluegrass tune and other melodies while we both tapped out feet and smiled. (I was in heaven) Fortunately for me I had a camera around and my friend John Grunberg grabbed a few photos of us together. At the end of his playing he smiled and said to me “beautiful”. My heart soared. What a blast. What a gentleman.
At the event I met some amazing instrument builders, master luthiers and prominent people in the music industry. Ervin Somogyi, Ken Parker, Michael Gurian, Tom Ribbeke, Linda Manzer, Dick Boak of Martin guitar, my friend, teacher and luthier Frank Finocchio, Randy Muth, Machihiro Matsuda and a host of others. My aplolgies to all the other fine builders not mentioned here as that would take up a page in itself.
This was such a great event that anyone who appreciates fine instruments, woodworking, guitars and music should attend. The variety of talent walking around the room is phenominal. You never know who you will run into there.
To sum this all up; What better way is there to hear music than to have great players playing great guitars, mandolins, banjos and violins that were created by some of the finest instrument builders on the planet? There is none. What better was is there to spend a day anywhere? I just dont know. I do know that next year you should put the Woodstock Luthiers Invitational on your calendar for a must-go-to event.
Thank you Baker for all you do!
Jay Rosenblatt, Luthier