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!

The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase 2014

Once again this year I will be exhibiting my guitars at the  The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase 2014.

This event will showcase hand built acoustic guitars and acoustic stringed instruments by their builders.

It will take place in Woodstock, New York, October 24th., 25th., and 26th., 2014. Information can be found at http://www.woodstockinvitational.com.

The weekend is highlighted by musicians performing on the hand built instruments throughout the days.

If you love guitars, fine woodworking and great music this is the place to see and be. Hope to see you there.

Look for me in the Vendor Hall next to the main building. I will also have LR Baggs pickups and pre-amps for sale along with Phil Jones Pure Sound Acoustic amps.

 

 

 

Hand built acoustic parlor guitar by luthier Jay Rosenblatt

 

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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

 

 

Woodstock Luthiers Invitational 2013

On October 25th, 26th and 27, 2013 the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase will take place in Woodstock, New York.

This is an event where the finest in hand-built acoustic guitars and acoustic stringed instruments displayed by their builders and daily performances by many talented musicians come together.   http://woodstockinvitational.com/about2013.html

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I will have LR Baggs Pickups for sale at my table including the M1-A, The Lyric, The Anthem, Anthem SL,  I-Beam and I will also have the Gigpro, Para DI and Venue DI pre-amps for sale. If you need a great acoustic pickup or pre-amp I recommend LR Baggs. You can find me and my exhibit in the Vendors Annex.

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I will also have some of my guitars on display to play and to check out the pickups and amps.

Cocobolo and redwood guitar featuring Redwood soundboard, cocobolo back and sides, geometric Rosette of Ebony and Cocobolo with black and red fiber detail, ebony bridge , fingerboard and headplate with coral purfling and ebony binding. gold MOP and abalone pearl vine inlay © Hand built by Jay Rosenblatt
Cocobolo and redwood guitar Hand built by Jay Rosenblatt
Maple Parlor Guitar with ebony appointments hand built by Jay Rosenblatt
Maple Parlor Guitar with ebony appointments hand built by Jay Rosenblatt

Pictured here are some of the LR Baggs products I will have on sale.

LR Baggs Lyric bridgeplate microphone acoustic Pickup
LR Baggs Lyric bridge plate microphone acoustic Pickup
LR Baggs Venue DI Pre Amp
LR Baggs Venue DI Pre Amp
LR Baggs M1-A Active body sensitive acoustic pick-up
LR Baggs M1-A Active body sensitive acoustic pick-up

Find out more about the LR Baggs product line here   http://www.lrbaggs.com/

In my opinion LR Baggs makes the best acoustic pickups and Phil Jones make the most natural sounding amps for Guitars, Basses, and Violins. combine these two together and you have the best acoustic sound available from your instruments.

I recently became a distributor of Phil Jones Pure Sound Amps . I will have the CUB II AG 150 on display at my table and there will also be one in the main building amp room for testing and listening. You can order them from me at the show or by email or telephone. Please look for my information on my “About Page” on this blog.

Pictured here is the Phil Jones CUB AG-150 two channel amp. This is a sweetie of an amp, 100 watts in a very portable package weighing only 15 LBS. 6.8kg. Perfect for the musician that needs portability,  great tone and the ability to plug a guitar and mic in when playing small clubs and gigs. It comes with a padded gig bag and an optional stand  is available.

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Find out more about Phil Jones Products here,  http://www.philjonespuresound.com.

Last year at the Woodstock Invitational I made good friends with many of the other builders and also the vendors who will be providing tone woods and parts for the luthier. I got to personally meet John Sebastian who delighted me by playing one of my guitars. I  listened to some great performances and was totaly inspired by the great and talented luthiers who participated in the event. Here are some of last years photos.

John Sebastian Playing my Maple Parlor Guitar. Photo © Jay Rosenblatt
John Sebastian Playing my Maple Parlor Guitar. Photo © Jay Rosenblatt
Irvin Somogyi with one of his guitars. Photo © Jay Rosenblatt.
Irvin Somogyi with one of his guitars. Photo © Jay Rosenblatt.
Kinloch nelson performing at the Woodstock Luthiers Invitational.  Photo © JAy Rosenblatt
Kinloch Nelson performing at the Woodstock Luthiers Invitational. Photo © JAy Rosenblatt

The Luthiers Invitational Woodstock NY

Baker Rorick, (right) creator of the Woodstock Luthiers Invitational and Jay Rosenblatt.
Baker Rorick, (right) creator of the Woodstock Luthiers Invitational and Jay Rosenblatt.

I hope you can make it to this wonderful event. Please stop by and meet me in the Vendors Annex. Happy playing. Enjoy!

Jay Rosenblatt, Luthier.

Bending purfling on a light bulb
Jay Rosenblatt, Luthier. Bending purfling on a light bulb

Maplewoodstock 2013. A day of music and Jay Rosenblatt Guitars

Maplewoodstock 2013 was this past weekend. I want to thank all of my friends and musicians who entertained us and all the folks that came out Saturday and Sunday to visit my booth. Both days were filled with great music and people. Everyone was having a great time.
Maplewoodstock Stage
My tent was slightly rained out on for an hour Saturday, but Sunday, although hot, was dry. The tent looked great and because I was under a tree in the shade many people hung around. It didn’t hurt to be under the tree on Saturday either when it rained  as it  kept people around helping sales too. I  received many inquiries about repairs and requests to commission me to build  acoustic guitars.

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On the day of the event I was displaying a Joe Mendel 5 string banjo. I will have it in my shop for about two more weeks before I send it back to Joe. This one has a Padauk tone ring, maple neck and brushed brass hardware. It’s a beautiful instrument with a deep, rich tone. If you are interested in this banjo please get in touch with Joe or myself.  Joe can be found at http://www.jmendelfrets.com

Mendel banjo at maplewoodstock sm

Keep in mind I have and install LR Baggs pick-ups and pre-amps .  Drop me a line to find out more about pricing and such.
Thanks,

Jay


Pickups and installation

LR Baggs M1A pickup

Pickups and installation for your guitars.

I am  a representative of LR Baggs, pickups and fine acoustic amplification products. I can order any LR Baggs pickup or pre-amp for you. I can also provide professional installation into your instruments.

If you need a pickup or set-up please let me know.
You can see the full line of LR Baggs products here   http://www.lrbaggs.com

For ordering or more information contact me in New Jersey

jayrose2@earthlink.net

973-445-0015

Acoustic guitar building presentation at the CJWA by Jay Rosenblatt

On May 8th., 2013, I held a presentation on how I build my JR Acoustic Guitar at the Central Jersey Woodworkers Associations monthly meeting. http://www.cjwa.org. I was assisted by my friend and right hand man John Grunberg, and Frank Sole’, musician, who helped me set up and video taped the presentation.

Jay Rosenblatt Speaking at CJWA_1

My exhibit included six completed guitars, one of which Frank built, guitar bodies under construction, forms, woods, templates, materials, and about 250 images in my powerpoint presentation. I spoke for almost two hours. I am pleased to report the the interest and admiration of the audience was outstanding. I was told by many that it was the most informative and interesting presentation they have have had at their meeting in a long time.

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To wrap up the show Frank Sole played finger-style on my recently completed Redwood and Cocobolo guitar to a huge applause. He was great! It was great!

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I was very pleased to represent some of the companies who generously provided woods or from whom I purchase parts and materials that I use in my building process.

Luthiers Mercantile www.lmii.com/
Allied Lutherie www.alliedlutherie.com
Blues Creek Guitars www.bluescreekguitars.com
Finocchio guitar works www.finocchioguitarworks.com
Luthiers suppliers www.luthiersuppliers.com
Hibdon Hardwoods www.hibdonhardwood.com

Other fine companies to mention are Tony DiDomenico Guitars, finisher, Dale Bartholemew’s finishing shop, and High Mountain Tonewoods .