Here’s the main wood for my WarHorse for Dream Guitars. Old (carbon dated to the late 19th century!) Brazilian rosewood, an Adirondack spruce top, and PERFECT curly Koa binding. A deep cutaway, an arm bevel, and a 24.9 - 25.4 multiscale neck will make this a super high end guitar. What s fun job I have! ... See MoreSee Less
Eddie’s Lion is all ready to go into the booth. I really love the sort of negative, or reversal, of the color scheme on this guitar. Plus, the Birdseye maple is pretty stunning in person. ... See MoreSee Less
And onward! Next up is a WarHorse for Dream Guitars using another lovely set of my 19th century Brazilian Rosewood. This will have an Adirondack spruce top, a cutaway, a bevel, and a multi scale. I am so lucky to get to build with such amazing materials! ... See MoreSee Less
Festival season starts in a couple of weeks for me, starting with B.I.G. just outside of Austin TX. So I’m polishing up this year’s show guitars. This is the BevelBelle, and I think she’s looking very fine! I just made a new black Bakelite bridge and nut, and put on some black chrome Grandtune machines for the stealth look. Can’t wait for Texas! ... See MoreSee Less
Here’s Algernon with his new experimental top. I’m trying to address some of the inherent weirdnesses and compromises that must be made to have a large hole in the middle of the top. Algernon is my experimental guitar, an OM I built just to try out new ideas on. It has a neck held on by 3 long Sheetrock screws, and a removable panel in the back, so that I can get in there and add or remove braces while the instrument is strung up. This is probably the 8th top I’ve put on Algernon, and it has taught me a lot that I would never have known without having this real-world model to play with. ... See MoreSee Less
Very cool look, Ben. Like Tom Bowersox, I’m curious as to your thoughts on the sound hole placement and how it compares to traditional sound holes.
Wow. That's like having the skill set of the Wright Brothers, Niccolò Paganini and Antonio Stradivari in one person.
That is cool. Innovation is tops!! 👍
I did a thought experiment to combine all the desirable characteristics for a guitar in one instrument. Unfortunately this is what I came up with. www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_oK_KmEuU8. 😉 I'm sure you're on track to create something amazing.
Jake Maclay Remember when I wondered why somebody hadn’t figure out how to swap tops on a body so you can experiment with tops and bracing? Ben Wilborn is the man!