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.  

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

Reclaimed Spruce

Whenever I can I like to use reclaimed or salvaged wood. Currently I am joining up a soundboard purchased years ago from Alaska Specialty Woods.


This set was reclaimed from a bridge that spanned Bear Creek River in Alaska in the 70’s. Its stringers were made from two 60” logs.

After 10 years of service the bridge was dropped to the forest floor and a new metal bridge installed. The logs were reclaimed around 2000. It was cut into sound boards that are stiff,  with a beautiful loose grain and a naturally aged color that can’t be sanded out.  I have used this before in a guitar called “Bridges”. This set exhibits a bit of bear claw and a warm amber rose color. Beautiful!

Rosenblatt Guitars at The Artisan Guitar Show.

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!!



Jay Rosenblatt Guitars. Hand-built acoustic guitars for sale

Hello,  This page highlights hand built instruments that are currently available for sale.

These are new instruments. For a more detailed description scroll to following page. If you are interested in purchasing one of these fine guitars please contact me at 973-445-0015.


Prices quoted upon request.

Thank you,

Jay Rosenblatt

If you are interested in purchasing one of these fine guitars please contact me at 973-445-0015.



Guitars at the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase 2016

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

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.

Thank you,

Jay Rosenblatt

7 string Baroque Era parlor by Jay Rosenblatt
7 string Baroque Era parlor by Jay Rosenblatt
Jay Rosenblatt Guitar PF Model in Moonwood with maple and mahogany.
Jay Rosenblatt Guitar PF Model in Moonwood with maple and mahogany.
The "Arches Experimantal" Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
The “Arches Experimantal” Guitar by Jay Rosenblatt
Kasha Classical built by Jay Rosenblatt
Kasha Classical built by Jay Rosenblatt

PF Model in Rosewood. Jay Rosenblatt Guitars.















































































































The sister Kasha Classical guitar project


img_0338In 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.


















Guitars by Jay Rosenblatt


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
  • Lacquer finish exterior
  • 18% nickel fret wire,
  • Bone nut and compensated bone saddle
  • Ebony bridge pins with Abalone dots
  • Gotoh 510 Tuning Machines
  • Ameritage custom case



The Venice, African Mahogany

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
  • MOP geometric pattern position markers
  • Lacquer finish exterior, Shellac finished interior
  • 18% nickel fret wire,
  • Bone nut and compensated bone saddle
  • Ebony bridge pins with Abalone dots
  • Gotoh 510 Tuning Machines
  • Ameritage custom case


The Parlor, 12 fret, Quilted Maple.

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
  • Cedar kerfing
  • Mahogany neck and tail block
  • Spanish Cedar Neck, slotted headstock, ebony head plate
  • Ebony fingerboard, 12 fret to body, 24.9 scale length, 1-3/4″ nut
  • Cocobolo and Ebony geometric rosette
  • Ebony binding
  • Ebony wave design bridge
  • 18% nickel fret wire
  • MOP domino dot position markers
  • Abalone JR logo
  • 2 way truss rod
  • Ebony bridge pins with Abalone dots
  • Bone nut and compensated bone saddle
  • Hand toned/ Nitro Cellulose lacquer exterior
  • Shellac finished interior
  • Schertler tuning machines
  • Ameritage custom case


Acero Grande

“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
  • Abalone side position markers
  • Ebony Binding with Chevron Binding front and back
  • Ebony heel plate
  • Ebony Bridge with Bone Saddle
  • Ebony and Maple Geometric Rosette
  • Ebony and maple tailpiece
  • Interior finish Shellac
  • Exterior finish, Lacquer
  • Ameritage case.