Guitar Notes for the New Year, LaLaLa

Hello, it has been a while. Happy holidays to all.

As you can see in the photo I have put some of my guitars on display in my shop. Some of these are completed guitars that I use at shows and and some are under construction waiting for new owners.

The past year was somewhat busy in the shop, I completed a few new instruments and there were lots of repairs and plenty to keep me busy.

Recently I had a story writer from our statewide magazine, New Jersey Monthly, come visit me along with a professional photographer. The photographer and I set up a few working images that I have yet to see and the story will be published in the March 2020 issue of NJ Monthly. 

Jay Rosenblatt and some handbuilt guitars
Jay Rosenblatt in his shop with several of his handmade instruments 2019

In the photo;

(L-R) “Kasha Classical” with a reclaimed cedar soundboard and rosewood back and sides, “Big maple”, A Lutz Spruce top with maple back and sides and hand cut inlays just completed and strung up today, “Moonwood and Maple” under construction, a Moonwood Soundboard, 4A maple back and sides, maple laminate neck,  In my hands a “7 String Baroque” This is an exact replica of a romantic era guitar, “Red Rose” (behind me) Redwood and rosewood PF model with mahogany neck (new, complete, sweet),         “Domino” radially braced hybrid guitar made of Myrtle and alaskan spruce, “Apollo 17” “A-framed semi-arch-top with walnut back and sides, “Arches”, a guitar inspired by the Arches in Utah with a unique intersecting arch bracing system. (some of these instruments are featured in my past posts)

What else? Currently I am in the design process of an electric guitar model. That will be down the line but working on it.

In the New Year, April, 3-5, 2020, I will be exhibiting my acoustic guitars at the Artisan Guitar Show in Harrisburg, PA.

This is a three day event with concerts, musical performances, hand-built instruments and their makers, vintage instruments, workshops and classes.

Follow this link for info on the show. http://artisanguitarshow.com/.  

I am happy to announce that I will have my favorite musical duo, “Frank and Hank,” Frank Sole and Henry Nerenberg, perform for me at the show on Sunday, April 5th., featuring my instruments.

"Frank and Hank"
Frank Sole and Henry Nerenberg “Frank and Hank”, will be featuring Jay Rosenblatt Guitars in performance at the Artisan Guitar Show April 3,4,5, 2020

 

Well Thats it for now. Looking for that special acoustic guitar? Drop me a line.

Thanks and Happy New Year to all,

Jay Rosenblatt

Guitar Building Presentation at the NJWA woodworking meeting.

Hello it has been a while.

Last night I had the pleasure to present photographs on my guitar building processes to a group at the NJWA, North Jersey Woodworking Association. I also had Frank Sole, musician, teacher and builder of guitars who performed several pieces, classical, jazz and contemporary for the group.

The NJWA has monthly meetings with demonstrations in a variety of woodworking topics by various presenters. They also have a monthly raffle and share information on woodworking methods, tips, tools, and finishing.

There were about 40 people who attended. One or two who have built a guitar so this was fairly new information for those who have never built an instrument. My presentation was fast paced covering many aspects of the building process and passing around lots of parts and pieces so the folks can get a good sense of guitar construction.

In all the meeting lasted 2.5 hours and I showed about 330 images of the building process. From what I gathered they enjoyed my presentation very much and it was an enjoyable experience for me as well.

If you have an organization or group that would like me to present on this topic please contact me.

Thanks, and thank you for reading.

Happy building!

Jay

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The ASIA Symposium this weekend

 

I have just completed putting together my presentation which includes over 200 photographs and guitar building sequences for my class this Saturday morning at The ASIA Symposium, (The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans).

The Symposium will commence on Wednesday at The Stroudsberg University in East Stroudsberg, PA, and runs through Sunday with classes Thursday through Saturday.
There will be over 35 builders sharing their knowledge, skills and talents with the attendees plus lectures and informational discussions. I am thrilled to be included as a presenter. There will also be vendors selling woods and materials.

My presentation on Saturday Morning titled “The Basics and Beyond” will highlight many topics on building and show several processes using hand tools and small power tools.

You can still register for this event by going to http://asiartisans.org. Anyone who either has a desire to build or learn repair will benefit from this event.

 

The ASIA Symposiumt and organization are open to the public to join and to attend. The symposium will cover topics on guitar and stringed instrument building, maintenance, repair, inlay, marquetry, finishing, restoration and creation of acoustic instruments. My presentation will be on the basic tools and forms needed to build acoustic guitars and what they do, Saturday Morning, 6/10 from 9:00 to 10:30AM

A host of great presenters and some of the masters or lutherie  will be there sharing their knoweledge including; Linda Manzer (Linda Manzer Guitars), John Monteleone (Monteleone Guitars), Dan Erliwine (Stu-Mac), John Hall (Blues Creek), David Nichols (Custom Pearl Inlay), Michael Gurian (Gurian Guitars), Chris Herrod, (Luthiers Mercantile), Matt Laravee and More.  A full schedule of classes and presenters can be found on their website  http://asiartisans.org/content/.

Thanks for reading

Jay

In the luthiers workshop, The Woodstock Luthiers Invitational and acoustic music.

Busy, Busy Busy, Thats all I can say. The past three months have been work in preparation for my exhibit table at the Woodstock Luthiers Showcase in Woodstock, New York. October 24th, 25th and 26th,. I will have several guitars on display there. All are ready for sale with custom fit Ameritage cases. One just back from finish in the final stages of set-up. (second from left in photo) Hope to have that ready at showtime. The guitars that will be for sale at Woodstock will include a quilted maple parlor, a OOO sized curly maple and lutz spruce guitar, a alaskan sitka topped jumbo with Rosewood back and sides,  an all Mahogany Tenor Ukulele and a Bearclaw and curly maple 00. (still under construction). Other items for sale will include LR Baggs pickups and pre-amps and Phil Jones Acoustic amplifiers.

Acoustic Guitars and Ukulele by Jay Rosenblatt luthier
Acoustic Guitars and Ukulele by Jay Rosenblatt luthier
Acoustic Guitars and Ukulele by Jay Rosenblatt luthier
Acoustic Guitars and Ukulele by Jay Rosenblatt luthier

About the guitars in the photo above, here are their ingredients. Maple Parlor Guitar. (far left in top photo) Hand built acoustic parlor guitar by luthier Jay Rosenblatt

  • AAAA Quilted Maple back and sides
  • AAA Lutz Spruce soundboard
  • Lutz spruce carved bracing
  • Rosewood bridge plate
  • Cedar kerfing
  • Spanish Cedar Neck with ebony head plate
  • Ebony fingerboard, 12 fret to body, 24.9 scale length
  • 1-3/4 nut width, 2-1/4 width at 12th fret
  • Cocobolo and Ebony geometric rosette
  • Ebony binding
  • Ebony wave design bridge
  • 18% nickel fret wire
  • MOP position markers
  • Abalone JR logo
  • 2 way truss rod
  • Ebony bridge pins with Abalone dots
  • Bone nut and compensated bone saddle
  • Hand toned amber glow with Nitro Cellulose lacquer exterior
  • Shellac finished interior
  • Schertler tuning machines
  • Ameritage custom case

Bearclaw Sitka with Maple back and sides OO. (Second From left in top photo)

Bearclaw Sitka top on Quilted maple body. Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt luthier
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Bearclaw Sitka top on Quilted maple body. Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt luthier
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Geometric Rosette in Ebony and maple fibre on a Jay Rosenblatt guitar
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Headstock detail on Bearclaw Sitka and maple guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
Reverse of Headstock on Maple guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
Reverse of Headstock on Maple guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
  • AAAA Curly Maple back and sides
  • AAA Bearclaw Sitka Spruce soundboard
  • Lutz spruce carved bracing
  • Maple  and mahogany 9 piece laminated neck
  • 2 way truss rod
  •  Geometric design ebony and maple  rosette
  • Ebony arc design bridge
  • Ebony Head-plate
  • Curly maple back plate on headstock, steam bent to match curve
  • Ebony binding with coral design purfling
  • Rosewood bridge plate, Cedar kerfing
  • Ebony fingerboard, 14 fret to the body, 25.4 scale
  • 1-11/16 nut width, 2-1/8 width at 12th fret
  •  Reversed abalone diamond pattern position markers
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish exterior, Shellac finished interior
  • 18% nickel fret wire, bone nut and saddle
  • Abalone JR logo, Ebony bridge pins with Abalone dots
  • Bone nut and compensated bone saddle
  • Gotoh chrome Keystone style tuning machines
  • Ameritage custom case

Big Maple, (second from right in photo at top)

Maple and Lutz Spruce Acoustic Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
Maple and Lutz Spruce Acoustic Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
Maple and Lutz Spruce Acoustic Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
Maple and Lutz Spruce Acoustic Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
  • AAAA Curly Maple back and sides
  • AAA Lutz Spruce soundboard
  • Lutz spruce carved bracing
  • 40 year old Mahogany/ Maple 5 piece laminated neck
  • 2 way truss rod
  • Chippendale design headstock
  • Ebony and maple geometric rosette
  • Ebony wave design bridge
  • Ebony Head-plate
  • Ebony binding with chevron purfling
  • Rosewood bridge plate, Cedar kerfing
  • Ebony fingerboard, 14 fret to the body, 25.4 scale
  • 1-11/16 nut width, 2-1/8 width at 12th fret
  • MOP Maple Leaf position markers
  • Lacquer finish exterior, Shellac finished interior
  • 18% nickel fret wire, bone nut and saddle
  • Abalone JR logo, Ebony bridge pins with Abalone dots
  • Bone nut and compensated bone saddle
  • Sterling Silver Tuning Machines, (Martin)
  • Ameritage custom case

The Prima Fino Geo, 45 year old Alaskan Sitka and East Indian Rosewood. (far right in top photo)

45 year old sitka with Rosewood back and sides 00 guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
45 year old sitka with Rosewood back and sides 00 guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
45 year old sitka with Rosewood back and sides 00 guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
Prima Fina Geo EIR back view
Prima Fina Geo EIR back view on Jay Rosenblatt Guitar
  • AAAA East Indian Rosewood back and sides
  • 45 Year old Alaskan Sitka Spruce soundboard
  • Lutz spruce carved bracing
  • 40 year old Mahogany/ Maple 9 piece laminated neck
  • 2 way truss rod
  • Abalone B/W/B rosette
  • Ebony wave design bridge
  • Ebony Head-plate with Chippendale design headstock
  • Ivoroid binding with coral rope purfling
  • Rosewood bridge plate, Cedar kerfing
  • Ebony fingerboard, 14 fret to the body, 25.4 scale
  • 1-11/16 nut width, 2-1/8 width at 12th fret
  • MOP geometric pattern position markers
  • Lacquer finish exterior, Shellac finished interior
  • 18% nickel fret wire, bone nut and saddle
  • Abalone JR logo, Ebony bridge pins with Abalone dots
  • Fully compensated saddle
  • Gotoh 510 Tuning Machines
  • Ameritage custom case

The guitars above when purchased will all come with custom fit Ameritage Cases. These are beautiful and Durable!

Ameritage custom case for Jay Rosenblatt Guitars
Ameritage custom case for Jay Rosenblatt Guitars
Ameritage custom case for Jay Rosenblatt Guitars
Ameritage custom case for Jay Rosenblatt Guitars

 Currently on the workbench; In the works. I am currently working on a Mahogany and Sitka venetian cutaway acoustic model. This guitar features Honduran Mahogany back and sides matched to a light curly sitka soundboard. A maple and mahogany geometric rosette adorns the sound hole , curly maple binding with Rope purling and B/W fibre pull it all together. The back bracing is of mahogany with a hybrid X/ladder pattern. The soundboard bracing is forward-X pattern, scalloped and hand tuned sitka. Neck block and tail block of aged mahogany. The neck will be a 9 layer lamination with 40 year old Mahogany and maple strips.

Mahogany and Sitka Acoustic cutaway by Jay Rosenblatt
Mahogany and Sitka Acoustic cutaway by Jay Rosenblatt
Bracing pattern on Mahogany and sitka top
Bracing pattern on Mahogany and sitka top by Jay Rosenblatt
Hybrid mahogany  X/ladder bracing design on Jay Rosenblatt Guitar
Hybrid mahogany X/ladder bracing design on Jay Rosenblatt Guitar
Assembling body on Mahogany cutaway by Jay Rosenblatt
Assembling body on Mahogany cutaway by Jay Rosenblatt
Roping curly maple binding in place on a Mahogany venetian cutaway acoustic guitar
Roping curly maple binding in place on a Mahogany venetian cutaway acoustic guitar
Binding detail on Cutaway by Jay Rosenblatt
Binding detail on Cutaway by Jay Rosenblatt
Binding detail on Cutaway by Jay Rosenblatt
Binding detail on Cutaway by Jay Rosenblatt
Mahogany Cutaway guitar ready for neck by Jay Rosenblatt luthier
Mahogany Cutaway guitar ready for neck by Jay Rosenblatt luthier

 Guitar Building class and Instruction. In the next few months I will be setting up a shop where I can teach guitar building and construction. Group classes of two people per class or individual instruction will be offered. Topics covered from bending sides to carving braces, fretwork to final assembly will be taught in the classes. You can build a guitar too! More information will follow. Jay Rosenblatt Speaking at CJWA_2   Getting out to play a bit enjoying the fruits of my labor playing my hand built guitars with some friends at Hat City Kitchen’s All Acoustic Open Mic, Orange, NJ

Enjoying the fruit of my labors at Hat City Kitchen's All Acoustic Open Mic, Orange, NJ
Enjoying the fruits of my labor playing my hand built guitars with some friends at Hat City Kitchen’s All Acoustic Open Mic, Orange, NJ

Below are some links to the fine vendors who have provided parts, woods, jigs, cases or finishing.

In conclusion; I hope you can make it up to Woodstock to see these instruments first hand. If you are a player, picker, professional musician or just like to have fun and enjoy music, please come up to Woodstock, New York next week. It will be a great day of music, musicians, and guitars, built by hand and being displayed by their builders. For moder details go to http://www.woodstockinvitational.com

Woodstock Luthiers Showcase October 25th and 26th., 2014
Woodstock Luthiers Showcase October 25th and 26th., 2014

Thanks for reading this blog. Have a great day!

In the Jay Rosenblatt Guitar Workshop, Spring/ summer 2014

It has been 3 months since my last big post. Catching up here are works in progress, finished guitars and instruments.

My latest instrument in the works is this Maple OM sized guitar. This build is getting lacquered at this time. This is a steel string acoustic guitar with curly maple back and sides and a Bearclaw Sitka top.

This guitar has a black and white color scheme. The rosette is ebony and maple, the binding ebony with a herringbone purling. Ebony fingerboard with arrowhead inlays and an arc shaped ebony bridge design. The back of the head plate has a steam bent quilted maple veneer and the headstock head plate is Ebony. The JR logo (not shown)  is of white pearl.

The photos below show some of the building process from this maple guitar.

 

Assembly of the geometric rosette on a Jay Rosenblatt Guitar
Assembly of the geometric rosette on a Jay Rosenblatt Guitar
Geometric Rosette is assembled ready to be installed around the sound hole.
Geometric Rosette is assembled ready to be installed around the sound hole.

 

X-Brace being attached with go bars on a Jay Rosenblatt Guitar.
X-Brace being attached with go bars.
Back braces being attached
Back braces being attached
Hand Carving the x braces and tone bars on a Jay Rosenblatt Guitar
Hand Carving the x braces and tone bars on a Jay Rosenblatt Guitar
Low angle of carved x- braces on a Jay Rosenblatt Guitar
Low angle of carved x- braces on a J R Guitar
Bending maple sides for an acoustic guitar by Jay Rosenblatt © Jay Rosenblatt photo.
Bending maple sides for an acoustic guitar © Jay Rosenblatt Guitars
Back attached to sides
Back attached to sides © Jay Rosenblatt Guitars
Neck carved and headstock shaped.
Neck carved and headstock shaped for a Jay Rosenblatt Guitar.
Ebony Binding attached and roped in place on Jay Rosenblatt Guitar
Ebony Binding attached and roped in place © Jay Rosenblatt Guitars
Fingerboard gets inlay
Fingerboard gets inlay

 

After body assembly the neck is fitted for proper angle and playability.
After body assembly the neck is fitted for proper angle and playability.
Rear view of Laminated Neck, heel joint. Neck is fitted for proper angle and playability.
Rear view of Laminated Neck, heel joint. Neck is fitted for proper angle and playability.
The bridge is hand made
The bridge is hand made © Jay Rosenblatt Guitars
The bridge position is marked.
The bridge position is marked.

 

 

Headstock before JR Logo inlay.  © Jay Rosenblatt Guitars
Headstock before JR Logo inlay. © Jay Rosenblatt Guitars

This guitar is currently in the finishing process. I hope to have it ready for the Woodstock Luthiers Showcase in October.

 

Maple guitar in the spray booth © Jay Rosenblatt Guitars
Maple and bear claw sitka spruce guitar in the spray booth © Jay Rosenblatt Guitars

In a previous posts I showed a small walnut parlor guitar just before it went to the finisher, well this is now complete. The finish of Nitro Cellulose has been done and the guitar is strung up.

Hand built walnut Parlor Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt Luthier.
Hand built walnut Parlor Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt Luthier.

In the images below images you can see some of the final steps building process after the finish was applies. Its at that point I permanently attach the bridge and do a final set up for playability.

This guitar who’s body is constructed from a piece of wood that came from a 50 year old American Walnut tree that was felled in the late 60’s. I cut the back and side set from it for this instrument, joined with a red spruce (Adirondak) soundboard. This guitar features a 24.9 scale length fingerboard in ebony with a rosewood  bridge and head plate. A mahogany neck with slotted headstock, bone nut and saddle and a classical style rosette. This is a steel string guitar with a clear and light tone.  The inlays are of mother of pearl and abalone. The neck feels nice with its slightly wider fingerboard and shorter scale length making it a really nice finger style guitar.

Bridge test fit prior to gluing on Parlor guitar © Jay Rosenblatt
Bridge test fit prior to gluing on Parlor guitar © Jay Rosenblatt
Bridge being attached with hide glue on parlor guitar by © Jay Rosenblatt
Bridge being attached with hide glue on parlor guitar by © Jay Rosenblatt
Walnut Back on parlor guitar by © Jay Rosenblatt
Walnut Back on parlor guitar by © Jay Rosenblatt
Classical Rosette on Parlor Guitar by © Jay Rosenblatt
Classical Rosette on Parlor Guitar by © Jay Rosenblatt
Cedar Slotted parlor guitar headstock © Jay Rosenblatt
Cedar slotted parlor guitar headstock with Waverly tuners © Jay Rosenblatt
Adirondak "Red Spruce" soundboard on parlor guitar by Jay Rosenblatt © Jay Rosenblatt
Getting ready to glue the bridge to the Adirondak “Red Spruce” soundboard on this parlor guitar. © Jay Rosenblatt

 

 

 

Another instrument I completed is a tenor Ukulele. This small instrument is constructed of ribbon striped mahogany for the soundboard and back. The sides are quilted mahogany. The fingerboard is ebony with MOP position markers as is the bridge. The headstock features my wave design and is of book matched Koa. The binding is maple with a black white fibre and the rosette is a chevron design. The neck on this is laminated with 40 year old mahogany which was repurposed from old Martin guitar neck blanks and has a maple center strip. The interior braces are lutz spruce with cedar kerning and a rosewood bridge plate. The tuners are Waverly with ebony knobs. The instrument is finished with a traditional hand rubbed shellac (french polish) which brings out the shimmer in the mahogany. This is a delightful instrument.

Ribbon striped Mahogany Ukulele by Jay Rosenblatt Luthier © Jay Rosenblatt
Ribbon striped Mahogany Ukulele by Jay Rosenblatt Luthier © Jay Rosenblatt
Parlor Guitar on workbench © Jay Rosenblatt
Ukulele on workbench © Jay Rosenblatt
Ukelele getting hand rubbed French Polish shellac finish  Jay © Jay Rosenblatt
Ukelele getting hand rubbed French Polish shellac finish Jay © Jay Rosenblatt
Handmade Ukulele bridge of ebony and bone © Jay Rosenblatt
Handmade Ukulele bridge of ebony and bone © Jay Rosenblatt
Binding attached with traditional rope system on Ukulele by © Jay Rosenblatt
Binding attached with traditional rope system on Ukulele by © Jay Rosenblatt

 

 

 

About my work shop. My workshop is in a single small room. Here is a panorama. Although this photo makes it look grand it is only about 20 feet x 20 feet wide but offers me enough room to work and display my instruments.

Panoramic photograph from the luthiers workshop of Jay Rosenblatt 2014. © Jay Rosenblatt
Panoramic photograph from the luthiers workshop of Jay Rosenblatt 2014. © Jay Rosenblatt

 

 

Recently I received another instrument back from my finisher. The guitar is a new design for me. It’s body shape is smaller than my standard large bodied guitar. (see my large body guitar “Big Maple” in a previous post). Closer in size to an OM model instrument. The specs.

  • Back and Sides: East Indian Rosewood
  • Soundboard: 40 year old Alaskan Sitka
  • Fingerboard, bridge and head plate: Ebony
  • Scale Length: 25.4
  • Neck Wood: 25 year old African Mahogany
  • Rosette: White fible with Abalone ring
  • Headstock Design: The Big Wave
  • Tuners: Sterling Silver
  • Fingerboard Inlay: White Gold Mother of Pearl geometrid pattern
  • Binding: White Ivoroid with Coral Purfling.
  • Endpiece and heel-cap: Ebony
  • Nut and saddle: Bone

 

This guitar is constructed of East Indian Rosewood back and sides and a 40 year old Alaskan Sitka Spruce soundboard.

It is my understanding that soundboard came from log that was salvaged from a bridge stringer that crossed an Alaskan river before it became soundboards. I purchased one soundboard in 2010 and I wish I had bought more. It is a beautiful loosely grained top with an amazing natural color and wonderful tone. Next time I come across these special woods I will have to get a few extras as now I see and hear how wonderful this guitar looks and sounds. This is truly special.

This guitar which I have named “Prima Fino” is named for my mentor and guru, Luthier, Frank Finocchio. I built a guitar with Frank 5  years ago that was his design, The “Prima”. Frank has helped me greatly and so I named this build “Prima Fino.  Frank builds and repairs guitars for over 30 years now in Easton, Pennsylvania, USA. He also teaches instrument building in week and two week long courses.  Find out more about frank here; http://www.finocchioguitar.com/2014/

The finish on this instrument was done by Tony DiDomenico, htttp://www.DiDomenicoguitars.com, Tony is a great luthier and finisher.

Inside label
Inside label

 

Rosewood and Sitka OM Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
Rosewood and Sitka OM Guitar by © Jay Rosenblatt guitars

 

Rosewood and Sitka OM Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
Rosewood and Sitka OM Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt

© Jay Rosenblatt guitars

 

Rosewood and Sitka OM Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
Rosewood and Sitka OM Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
Rosewood and Sitka OM Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
Rosewood and Sitka OM Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt

 

Rosewood and Sitka OM Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
Rosewood and Sitka OM Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt

 

Rosewood and Sitka OM Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
Rosewood and Sitka OM Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt

 

Rosewood and Sitka OM Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
Rosewood and Sitka OM Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt

 

This instrument will be available for purchase at the Woodstock Luthiers Invitational and Showcase in Woodstock, New York, October 25th and 26th., 2014. I hope to see you there.

Come see Jay Rosenblatt Guitars in Woodstock, NY in October.
Come see Jay Rosenblatt Guitars in Woodstock, NY in October.

Thanks for reading my blog and happy picking!

Jay

 

 

 

 

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On the guitar repair workbench, Gibson L-37, 1934, Archtop rebuild and restoration

Theres always something going on in my little workshop.  Most times it working on an acoustic guitar in one phase or another. The past few months have been a mix of completing older projects, getting new builds to the finishing shop, keeping repairs flowing and new ideas in the works. Of a very most recent and interr=esting repair I have received was a  1937 Gibson L-4 acoustic arch top jazz guitar.

This instrument came to me in pieces and hadn’t been played in twenty years, left unchecked in an attic the back was split down the length, the sides expanded outward from 20 years of no support and the top and sides had many cracks and splits. The good things was the neck was still secure and the fingerboard salvageable.

 

Gibsom 1934 l-37 repair
Gibson 1934 L-4 repair

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After removing the back pieces I was able to re-glue the two halves together. I then ran a strip of maple along the inside of the length of the break for additional strength.

The interior cracks were re glued and cross strips of spruce were added for support.

 

Split back repaired on 1937 Gibson L-4 Archtop
Split back repaired on 1937 Gibson L-4

 

Clamping the back pieces
Clamping the back pieces

the sides were pulled back together and cracks repaired.

Gibson l-4  © Jay Rosenblatt
Inner cracks at ends of F holes were patched with spruce  to avoid future cracking
Fixing side crack Gibson l-4 1927
Fixing side crack Gibson l-4 1927

The back was re-attached and new binding replaced.

 

After re-assembly, binding wqas replaces to reinforce back plate. Instrument was left in original paint finish for authenticity
After re-assembly, binding wqas replaces to reinforce back plate. Instrument was left in original paint finish for authenticity

 

The guitar was slowly strung up. The goal was to get the instrument playable without refinishing or removing its natural wear of 75 years. The customer couldn’t be happier

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And a very happy customer!

On the luthiers workbench; Large body maple guitar with maple leaf inlays, Parlor guitar with red spruce soundboard

 

Recently completed; I recently received one of my guitars from my finisher. This instrument came out beautifully. This large bodied guitar, 17 inched across the lower bout, features ;

AAAA Lutz spruce top with Black and white geometric rosette, Back and side are of AAAA Quilted maple. The neck is a 5 piece laminate of 40 year old mahogany with a double maple center strips, an ebony fingerboard with hand cut white gold MOP maple leafs motif, the head plate of ebony with a gold white MOP, JR logo, fingerboard is bound with ebony and a strip of maple, bridge of ebony, the body bound with ebony and b/w purfling and trim. Assembly  of major body components are constructed with hide glue.

Maple and Lutz Spruce Large Body Maple Motif Acoustic Guitar by Luthier Jay Rosenblatt
Maple and Lutz Spruce Large Body Maple Motif Acoustic Guitar by Luthier Jay Rosenblatt
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Ebony Binding with Chevron purling on AAAA maple body
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Heel Detail; 5 piece, from 30 year old mahogany laminated with maple strips neck. Ebony heel cap
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Jay Rosenblatt Headstock with JR LOGO. Ebony Heabplate, sterling silver tuning machines
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Lutz Spruce soundboard with hand assembled geometric rosette and ebony Bridge

 

 

 

 

I recently completed the build of a Walnut parlor guitar. This is currently at the finishing shop getting a nitrocellulose finish.

This steel string acoustic features 50 year old american walnut back and sides, red spruce top, 12 fret to the body 24.9 inch scale length ebony fingerboard on a mahogany neck with slotted headstock, classical tuners with butter bean knobs. Traditional Russian handmade classical rosette, rosewood head plate with abalone JR logo, rosewood bridge, bone nut and saddle. This instrument will be ready for sale by June 2014

 

 

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Frets being installed on the Walnut andRed spruce parlor 000 guitar
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The guitar ready for disassembly and lacquering
You can see the beautiful red tint in this red spruce tone wood
Parlor Guitar of Americam=n walnut, red spruce soundboard, mahogany neck, slotted headstock by Jay Rosenblatt
Parlor Guitar of Americamn walnut, red spruce soundboard, mahogany neck, slotted headstock by Jay Rosenblatt