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  Standard, Flame Walnut top, oil finish
(available at Distinctive Guitars)         (Febr 2017)

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Standard, Flame Walnut
 
  
On this new Standard I've gone as natural as possible.  Walnut always looks great under an oil finish, and this chevron flame Claro Walnut top is no exception.  For the neck on this guitar, I've used an extremely flamed piece of Maple with Mahogany laminates, and this is topped with an Indian Rosewood fingerboard  The finish on the guitar is a medium Walnut tinted oil with a wax top coat.  As you can see looking at the back of the neck, the color in the oil really makes the flame pop out.

    The tuners are Hipshot Classic Open style, the bridge is a TonePros AVT2 and pickups are Wolfetone Dr. Vintage Humbuckers.  All the hardware is nickel.

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Standard, Quilted Maple, Dark Amber burst

    Here is a new Standard with a gorgeous, bubbly, Quilted Maple top.  I've used White Limba for the body and neck and Ziricote for the fingerboard. The board has Abalone line inlays and the whole guitar is bound with cream celluloid.

    The pickups on this guitar are a set of Wolfetone Dr. Vintage humbuckers, the bridge is a TonePros AVT2, and  I used Hipshot Classic Open tuners.  All hardware is gold. 

    The finish is a rich, dark Amber burst on the front and back. This guitar sounds as good as it looks!

(available at Willcutt Guitar Shoppe)

  
Standard Quilt top, Dark Amber burst

New!                         (Jan 2018)

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T-Deluxe, Cherry Sunburst flametop

(available at Guitar Addict)         (Jan 2018)
  
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T-Deluxe, Cherry Sunburst flametop    
 
  
This T-Deluxe has got a vivid Curly Maple front.  The cherry sunburst finish is very classic.  The body on this guitar is a one-piece Honduras Mahogany, and I also  made the neck as a very traditional one-piece Mahogany.  The fingerboard is East Indian Rosewood, and on this guitar I've used a 25 inch scale instead of my regular 24 3/4 inch.  The binding is cream celluloid throughout. .

    All the hardware is chrome, and this consists of Grover tuners, a TonePros AVT2 bridge, and chrome metal control knobs.  The pickups are a set of Sheptone Blue Sky Humbuckers with Zebra coils, no covers.  Great Vintage attitude!

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T-Deluxe, Special edition     

    Here is a slightly unusual T-Deluxe. It has no binding on the body or headstock, but has a curly Maple binding on the Ziricote fingerboard.  The Maple front is a very colorful curly Quilt with no added color in the finish.  The body and neck are Honduras Mahogany which is stained with a dark Mahogany brown tint.

   I used a Schaller Hannes bridge, a set of Gotoh 510 tuners and a pair of Amalfitano Fullbuckers.  The hardware is a combination of black and gold which I think looks very classy. 

(available at Willcutt Guitar Shoppe)

  
T-Deluxe, Special edition

(Dec 2017)

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Valiant Custom, Ice Tea burst

(private custom order)             (Nov 2017)
  
  

Valiant Custom, Ice tea / Amber burst 
 
     
  
This new Valiant has a very nice vintage-style curly Maple top.  It's a piece that's been in my wood collection for at least 25 years. It's mounted on a one-piece Honduras Mahogany body. I've used a very dark piece of Indian Rosewood for the fingerboard, and this has large pearl block inlays. 

    The tuners are a set of Hipshot Grip-locks which certainly prevent any string slippage, and the bridge is a Faber Wraparound.  The pickups on this guitar are Lollar Imperial humbuckers which are wired through a single volume and tone and a pickup selector which is on the upper bout of the body.  I don't usually do a pickguard on my Valiants, but this was a special request from my customer.   

    A classic looking and sounding guitar!

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TT, Trans-white         

    Here is a new TT with an ultra-light, one-piece Swamp Ash body and a 3-piece curly Maple neck.  The fingerboard is Ziricote, and it has abalone dot markers.   

   The Tele bridge assembly is by Joe Barden, the tuners are Sperzel Solid Pro, and the guitar has a set of Rio Grande pickups.  I found this really nice piece of old stock tortoise shell material among my plastic stash - it looks really great, I wish there was more of this material available, but there isn't.

  The transwhite finish really sets this guitar off, and it sounds damn good too! 

(available at Distinctive Guitars)

  
TT, trans-white

(Nov 2017)

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Standard, Walnut crotch top

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Standard, Walnut crotch top   
 
  
This Standard has a very dark and dramatic Walnut top.  (The pictures don't really do it justice).  The one-piece Mahogany body and Mahogany/Maple neck have been stained with a golden brown tint, and then the whole guitar is finished in a clear gloss.  I've used Ziricote for the fingerboard and head face and also the inlayed heel cap.

    The pickups on this guitar are Amalfitano Fullbuckers, and I used Hipshot Classic Open tuners, and a TonePros bridge. All hardware is gold plated as you can see from the pictures. Subtle but striking looking guitar! .

 

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    (available at Willcutt Guitars)                      (Oct 2017)

  


 
  Standard, Curly Redwood top  

    Redwood is not just a good tone wood, but as you can see from the pictures, it can be stunning to look at as well.   I've used a piece of very wild Black Limba for the body with a Black Limba and Maple neck.  The fingerboard on this guitar is Indian Rosewood with abalone line inlays, and the head face is Curly Redwood to match the front.  The binding is all cream celluloid. 

    The pickups are a pair of Arcane Ultratron humbuckers which have a very interesting sound midway between a Filtertron and a PAF.  The guitar has Grover tuners and a TonePros bridge.  The finish is clear gloss Urethane overall.  A classy sample of nature's best!

(available at Distinctive Guitars)

  
Standard, Curly Redwood top

(Oct 2017)


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12-string Hollow-body, Curly Maple front and back

(available at Willcutt Guitar Shoppe)         (Sept 2017)

 12-string Hollow-body, Curly Maple - front12-string Hollow-body, Curly Maple - back12-string Hollow-body, Curly Maple - body view112-string Hollow-body, Curly Maple - body view212-string Hollow-body, Curly Maple - body view312-string Hollow-body, Curly Maple - body view412-string Hollow-body, Curly Maple - side
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  12-string, Gretsch Orange       
      
   Here is my latest 12-string!  I really do like making these. The construction of this one is a bit different from my usual Hollow-body 12's.  The body is built around a core made from Oregon Myrtle. This is a very attractive, native wood with a very unique sheen.  The top and  back are made from two pieces of very curly Maple from the same board.  I bound both front and  back with tortoise shell and a white inner line.

    As a fairly rare departure from my normal routine, I've made this neck from a quarter-sawn, one-piece curly Maple block. For the fingerboard, I've used a very nice piece of Macassar Ebony which has Abalone line inlays and tortoise shell / white binding, like the body.  The head-stock is also Macassar Ebony with the same binding.

   I've used a set of Lace Hot Gold Sensor pickups and I've wired these using a 3-way selector switch that controls the bridge and neck pickups, and the middle pickup is on a separate blend control so it can be used in conjunction with the other two pickups.  This gives pickup combinations that you cannot get with a 5-way switch.

   The gold/black hardware includes a set of Hipshot Classic Open tuners, gold knobs and an ABM 12-way bridge.  The finish is a traditional 6120 orange gloss.
Hell of a guitar!

  


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