On the guitar building workbench of Jay Rosenblatt 2015

Its been about three months since the Woodstock Luthiers Invitational. I had a great time exhibiting my guitars there. I was well greeted by all the attendees and the other exhibitors and luthiers. It was a great event and I formed many new alliances. Many  musicians stopped by to ask questions and play my instruments..

me at woodstock
Jay Rosenblatt, luthier, exhibiting at the Woodstock Luthiers Invitational in Woodstock, NY

 

I was fortunate to have Kinloch Nelson stop by and play one of my guitars. Kinloch is an amazing and talented musician who has a unique open tuning style that is all his own. Kinloch Nelson is a true master of the acoustic guitar. www.kinlochnelson.com. Kinloch, it was a pleasure to listen to you and have you play my guitar.

Kinloch Nelson playing a Jay Rosenblatt Guitar
Kinloch Nelson playing a Jay Rosenblatt Guitar
Kinloch Nelson picking on a Jay Rosenblatt guitar
Master of the acoustic guitar, Kinloch Nelson

Mr.  John Monteleone stopped to chat for a moment. A thrill to pose in the photo with him. Monteleone’s work represents the finest in arch top guitar design and construction in the 20th century. His work embodies the marriage of traditional and contemporary arch top guitar design and stands as a benchmark for his craft. His work has been exhibited in the metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Guitar Heroes” exhibition in 2012 and his instruments are highly prized and desired by jazz musicians worldwide. http://www.monteleone.net. Thank you for the time John.

A moment to chat with master luthier John Monteleone
A moment to chat with master luthier John Monteleone

J.R. Rogers, creator and founder of the Acoustic Guitar Forum stopped by to talk and play for a while. JR’s online web site and forum is a premier site devoted to helping guitar enthusiasts, players and luthiers to join together share ideas and information. Currently there are 25,000 subscribing members to his forum. Thanks for stopping by JR.    http://www.acousticguitarforum.com

JR Rogers creator of Acoustic Guitar Forum testing out a Jay Rosenblatt Guitar.
JR Rogers, creator of Acoustic Guitar Forum testing out a Jay Rosenblatt Guitar.

The show itself was packed with attendees and exhibitors. It was probably the busiest to date.

Luthiers Invitational Main floor. Photo © Jay Rosenblatt.
Luthiers Invitational Main floor. Photo © Jay Rosenblatt.

 

A project I started in late 2014 is in its final stages. 

This Cutaway model made of Honduran Mahogany with an Alaskan Sitka Top is ready to go to the finisher.  Many steps along the way to makes this baby come to life.

Here are a few photos of the work. I am very pleased with how this turned out as it represents many fine details of my woodworking and guitar building ability. Each instrument I make is a lesson in patience and each one progressively teaches me more about this craft.

Interior detail of Mahogany florentine cutaway by Jay Rosenblatt Luthier
Interior detail of Mahogany florentine cutaway by Jay Rosenblatt Luthier
Closing the box on the Mahogany Cutaway. © Jay Rosenblatt
Closing the box on the Mahogany Cutaway. © Jay Rosenblatt
Binding the headstock
Completed Cocobolo and Maple Acoustic headstock
Completed Cocobolo and Maple Acoustic headstock
Detail of Neck/ body connection on a Jay Rosenblatt Cutaway model guitar
Detail of Neck/ body connection on a Jay Rosenblatt Cutaway model guitar
Detail of florentine cutaway and rope binding on aJay Rosenblatt Guitar
Detail of florentine cutaway and rope binding on aJay Rosenblatt Guitar
Cutting position markers in Mother of Pearl
Cutting position markers in Mother of Pearl
Arrowhead position markers on a Jay Rosenblatt Guitar
Arrowhead position markers ready for inlay a Jay Rosenblatt Guitar
Arrowhead inlays installed
Arrowhead inlays installed
Individually sized and ends polished frets prior to installation on fingerboard
Individually sized and ends polished frets prior to installation on fingerboard
Frets installed after ends are polished
Frets installed after ends are polished
Test fitting ot tuning machines. Gotoh 510s in cosmo black
Test fitting ot tuning machines. Gotoh 510s in cosmo black.
Maple burl backplate with Gotoh tuners. Jay Rosenblatt Guitars.
Maple burl backplate with Gotoh tuners. Jay Rosenblatt Guitars.

This guitar features; Honduran back and sides, Alaskan sitka soundboard, Quilted maple binding with rope purfling, a Macassar ebony fingerboard, ebony bridge, cocobolo head plate with maple binding, a maple burl backplate, arrowhead fingerboard markers with MOP side dots, bone nut and saddle and will have a lacquer finish applied.

Florentine cutaway acoustic guitar prior to finish application of Lacquer. Jay Rosenblatt Guitars © 2015
Florentine cutaway acoustic guitar prior to finish application of Lacquer. Jay Rosenblatt Guitars © 2015

 

Jay Rosenblatt Guitars Handbuilt Mahaogany Cutaway Guitar © 2015
Jay Rosenblatt Guitars. Handbuilt Mahaogany Cutaway Guitar © 2015

More photos to come soon.

Thanks for reading and keep playing your guitar. For information on how to contact me go to the “about page”.