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/.
This weekend is the Artisan Guitar Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at the Central Hotel and Conference Center.
This will be a gathering of luthiers, guitar and instrument builders, musicians, lecturers, pickers and players. The best of the best will be there exhibiting their instruments.
I am pleased to have been invited to exhibit at this event.
At the top of this page you will find some links to some of the instruments I will be showing this weekend. I will have other instruments not featured on this page. Click on the links above to read more detail about the guitars featured this weekend.
In May, 12, 13 & 14,, The LaConner Guitar Festival will take place in La Conner, Washington. I am looking forward to that as well and will be exhibiting there.
Thanks for reading.
Please scroll to may past posts to see more work and read more about the my instruments. I hope you can make the show. If you do please stop by my table. Thanks!!
It has been over 5 months since my last post. It has been a busy 5 months though.
In october of 2016, I exhibited my guitars at the Woodstock Luthiers invitational. It is an an honor to be included in the show. As always, I was surrounded by a great gathering of excellent makers and luthiers and the instruments they create. Fine instrument makers such as Linda Manzer, Tom Ribbeke, Ken Parker, Randy Muth, John Monteleone and too many others to mention were displaying their handmade instruments. I was fortunate to have my table between John Monteleone’s, a master builder who creates beautiful arch top guitars and an up and coming builder, Meagan Wells who also builds beautiful instruments.
One of the two Kasha Guitars built in my shop in 2016 found a new home. I was very pleased to find someone who knows guitars who truly appreciate the amount of work that went into this instrument and its craftsmanship and decided it had to be theirs. I also found a new home for the PF in Moonwood and maple.
But the most fun at the show comes from meeting old friends and making new ones, meeting all the people who stop at my table who share stories, information and ideas. The weekend was capped with music during the event and in the evening at local Venues in the Woodstock area.
Posing with a great guitar maker, Linda Manzer
Just after the Woodstock show two guitars started a new life on my workbench. A new Kasha Classical and a PF in Moonwood. The new Kasha has a salvaged Western Red Cedar soundboard and Rosewood back and sides. The interior braces are laminated spruce and mahogany. The neck is spanish cedar with a Madagascar Rosewood fingerboard and Cocobolo head plate. It has lacewood bindings, a walnut and maple bridge and will be finished with French polish. This will be complete for the upcoming Artisan Guitar show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 7, 8, 9, 2017.
Kasha cocobolo headstock
laminated Back bracing
French polish finish
Kasha Classical by Jay Rosenblatt
What a shine
UPDATE: The Kasha Classical is complete and available for purchase;
The other guitar that is on the workbench now and is nearing completion is a new PF Model steel string acoustic in Maple and Swiss Alpine “Moonwood”spruce. This is the third of this design and is replacing the one that sold at Woodstock. This instrument features a AAA Alpine Swiss Spruce soundboard, AAAA maple curly maple back and sides, Ebony binding, a Mahogany neck with Ebony fingerboard, Ebony head plate and bridge. The interior features a mahogany neck and heel block, spruce and mahogany laminated back bracing and Alpine spruce soundboard bracing. This also features an original design sine wave inlay in the back and my signature geometric rosette in ebony and maple. All the bindings are shop made and the finish is amber shellac on the entire body and neck with light blond shellac on the soundboard. It will be available with a custom Ameritage case.
Many repairs have come through the workshop in the past few months. From arch-top soundboard crack repairs and snapped acoustic necks to bridges coming off, re-frets, setups and restoration of collectable mandolin. I’ve see many fall and repaired all.
I will be exhibiting at these fine acoustic guitar shows very soon. Please come test drive one my instruments.
On October 21, 22, and 23, 2016, The “Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase” will commence again in Woodstock, New York. The dates are October 21, 22, and 23, 2016. The event is held at The Bearsville Theater and Utopia Sounstage on Tinker Street.
This will be a three day exhibition of hand-built acoustic guitars and instruments exhibited by by their makers.
This show is always an amazing opportunity to see, hear and play some of the finest instruments on this planet. The show has exhibitors from around the globe. Daily and half hourly performances by some of the finest musicians playing these hand made instruments happen on the main stage. There are lectures workshops and demonstrations. I suggest that you make this a go-to event if you love guitars and can make the trip. Find out more at The Woodstock Invitational Website Page http://www.woodstockinvitational.com.
I am excited to be exhibiting there and am pleased to be included as an exhibitor with all the other fine builders. This year I will be in the main room rubbing shoulders and hob knobbing with other masters of this craft who’s work I admire greatly.
The instruments below have been built over the past year and will be on display; A Kasha Classical, an experimental guitar design of mine I call “The Arches”, A 7-string Baroque transitional guitar built to the exact measurements of a the original created over 200 years ago, and my PF model in Quilted maple with a Moonwood soundboard and Mahogany neck.
I hope to see you in Woodstock. This will be an excellent to own a Jay Rosenblatt Original guitar if that is your fancy. Please stop in to say hello.
In January, 2016 I bagan a project to build Two Kasha Classical “sister” Guitars. They are being built built with my friend Frank Sole, musician and student Luthier. This project was inspired by Frank. This instrument differs greatly in the bracing design of typical classical guitars and was developed by Dr. Michael Kasha in cooperation with luthier Richard Schneider. The instrument features a bracing design by Dr.Richard Kasha which is star patterned rather than ladder braced and the back braces are arched allowing the back to float independently and act more like a from that moves with the vibrations and air movement in the guitar ,rather that being fixed by rigid cross bracing. The soundboard is designed to increase the energy of the strings as they affect the soundboard and provide an increased bass response.
It began with a paper plan from Luthiers Mercantile, the construction of a Solera ( the building form) is based on a design by John Bogdonavitch, luthier. (see his book “Building the Concert Classical Guitar”) The set up on the solera allowed a 2 mm forward tilt in the neck and a ramp of 3 mm built up from the bridge location to the end of the guitar to create the proper string geometry. (now that one guitar is fully complete, that set-up worked perfectly. The strings are at the proper height and has excellent playability.
Both guitars are rosewood with rosewood sides, western red cedar tops, Spanish Cedar necks with Mahogany neck blocks. One instrument was constructed with cedar bracing and the other spruce. (these are the only two principal differences between theses instruments. The end port is constructed to allow access to the inside of the instrument for stringing as this guitar uses a through the soundboard string design which differs from traditional classical guitars where the strings on the bridge on the top of the soundboard.
The saddle design here is a three part configuration of American Walnut, Figured maple and bone. It has a bone nut and medium fret wire. The back “floating brace design” is constructed of maple and mahogany laminations.
Both instruments were hand finished with French polish. These instruments will be on display and for sale at the Woodstock Luthiers Invitational October 21, 22, & 23, 2016. Inquiries about pre-purchase can be discussed.
Please inquire about purchasing one of these fine instruments
The PF Diamonte, Rosewood
This guitar is an ooo sized instrument, 15 inches at the lower bout and 11.5 at the upper. This guitar sits comfortably in the lap. The body is select Rosewood. The neck is 40 year old aged mahogany with a maple laminate. The soundboard is Lutz spruce with Lutz carved bracing. It features my geometric rosette in ebony and maple, an ebony fingerboard bound in curly maple with triangle MOP position markers and dot side markers. The head plate is Cocobolo with maple binding, the Rosenblatt name logo with Gotoh 510 timers in chrome. , The back plate is a curly maple .The nut and saddle are bone. Bound with Curly maple and a b/w/b purfling. This guitar is nice player that will age beautifully and open up nicely. A great addition to any guitar collection. Delivered in an Ameritage custom case.
AAA East Indian Rosewood back and sides
Alaskan Sitka Spruce soundboard
40 year old two piece mahogany neck with maple laminate
2 way truss rod
Geometric rosette in Ebony with maple
Ebony wave design bridge
Kings design headstock with cocobolo head plate and gold MOP Rosenblatt name
Curly maple binding with B/W/B purfling
Inside; Lutz spruce bracing, rosewood bridge plate, Cedar kerfing
25.4 scale Ebony fingerboard, 14 fret to the body, bound w/Curly maple
MOP triangles pattern fingerboard position markers
The body size of this instrument is typical of a full sized cutaway and constructed of select African Mahogany with a Lutz spruce soundboard.The back plate is X-Braced using mahogany braces. The ebony fingerboard is bound with ebony, It has large fret wire where each fret end is pre rounded and polished before installation making it smooth and very playable. It has a warm sound and rich with beautiful overtones and a nice presence. The soundboard delivers a delicate balance of responsiveness and clarity. Delivered in an Ameritage custom case.
The PF Geo, Rosewood with 45 year old Alaskan Sitka soundboard
The unique specialty of this guitar lies in its soundboard. Crafted from a 45 year old Salvaged Alaskan Sitka. The trees original life was was a stringer on a bridge that spanned a river in allowing access for crews to build a water generated power facility in the 1970s. In the 80’s the bridge was replaced and the log laid at the forest floor for 25 years. When that log was salvaged only a few of the most wonderful soundboards were reclaimed… In essence the tree supported a bridge and the soundboard it produced is now doing the same.. The color of the soundboard is its natural color. This is truly a Torrified wood. Over time it has developed a beautiful natural patina, but more importantly the sound achieved from this set is one of wonderful. I cannot build another instrument exactly like this as the boards are no longer available. The rosewood back and sides are select, the ebony fingerboard inlaid with a geometric pattern in white/gold MOP with an Abalone rosette and ebony bridge. The head plate is ebony with my wave design with the JR Logo in gold MOP, complimented with Gotoh tuners . It delightful to play and delivers a superb sound. delivered in an Ameritage custom case.
AAAA East Indian Rosewood back and sides
45 Year old Alaskan Sitka Spruce soundboard
40 year old one piece mahogany neck
2 way truss rod
Abalone B/W/B rosette
Ebony wave design bridge
Wave design headstock with ebony head plate and abalone gold MOP logo
Ivoroid binding with coral rope purfling
Inside; Lutz spruce bracing, rosewood bridge plate, cedar kerfing
Ebony fingerboard, 14 fret to the body, 25.4 scale
My parlor model is an o sized small beauty that is a pleasure to play and hold. It’s the kind of instrument that fits perfectly onto the lap. I has a sweet sound. The soundboard is Lutz and paired with a AAAA quilted maple body. A scale length of 24.9 inches, 12 frets to the body, the spanish cedar neck is complimented by a slotted wave design headstock with schertler tuners, ebony head plate and Abalone JR logo. The fingerboard is ebony with my unique mother-of-pearl pearl domino-dot position markers and it has an ebony bridge. The rosette is my geometric design of cocobolo and ebony. The body binding is ebony. Comes with a custom Hard shell Ameritage carrying case. This model available in rosewood or walnut as special order.
AAAA Curly Maple back and sides
AAA Lutz Spruce soundboard
Lutz spruce bracing
Rosewood bridge plate
Mahogany neck and tail block
Spanish Cedar Neck, slotted headstock, ebony head plate
“Big Maple” is a grand sized guitar built on my largest form. The guitar is constructed of 4A curly maple with a lutz spruce soundboard and delivers full sound with a good bass response and a flavorful balance of tone across all the strings. Its 25.4″ Ebony fingerboard is inlaid with hand-cut maple leaves in Mother-of Pearl. This guitar has a beautiful projection and clean midrange and great bass response not tipically found on maple guitars. The neck is a 5 piece mahogany / maple laminate. Bound in ebony with an ebony fingerboard and bridge. Complimented with an ebony head plate with the JR logo and chrome tuners with ebony buttons. (builders prototype) with Ameritage custom case. This sized instrument is available in rosewood with Sitka soundboard.
AAA Lutz Soundboard
AAAA Curly Maple Back and sides
Five piece laminated Mahogany and Maple hand carved neck with flat heel design
Chess Piece Headstock , ebony head plate with White MOP JR Logo
Ebony fingerboard with Maple and ebony binding and bone nut, 24.9 scale length
Maple leaf design, White Mother of Pearl position markers