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16 Feb 2018

Tricone in a style O body

Tricone in a single cone body. It’s true, see them three little circles? That’s a tricone soundwell. If I posted this on Facebook I would still get “that’s not a tricone” , but you guys know better. I’m a big fan of doing traditional things a different way-a guitar should be transparent and also inspiring. I kept the style O shape because it looked more traditional and less like a spaceship. It turns out the very first prototype National was designed this way, before they knew spaceships were a thing. You can tell the shape was drawn around the cones because it fits so precisely. The sound is more a typical single cone song that a a typical tricone and you can thank the aoundholes for that. They make a dramatic difference is tone. A surprising amount. A tricone in this set up gives a little bit of compression and sweetness on the high end. #thenewsoundofsteel #resosforsomgwriters

15 Feb 2018

Jason Momoa (Aquaman) Mulecaster

I just completed a shell pink-steel body-celluloid pickguard -Mule pickupped Mulecaster built for sonic assault for Khal Drogo/Aquaman/Declan Harp/Jason Momoa. The story gets better but that’s for another time.


08 Feb 2018


“Success is the balance between two ideas,” a piece of advice given to me by a guitar making mentor. Do I try a new tool or process hoping it will work, or use that time to produce work I have to do? In professional guitar making success is in the balance of those two things.  

I’ve never been good at balancing. I’ve always wanted one thing at a time as hard as I could, or all the things as hard as I could. Intensity. I thought if I did that enough I would learn how to balance eventually.   I’m learning now what ‘balancing’ really means.  It’s not really a state you get to after you put in enough work, or figure out enough life stuff, or burn out out, or fail enough.  Balance is constant adjustment. 

Work or rest. Unconditional love, feeling loved.  Speak up or listen. More or less. It is not “but”, it is “and”. The tight rope walker is constantly adjusting to keep balance. He leans one way so his arms move the opposite to counterbalance.  It’s just The Way, no one just walks. Balance is constant, persistant, awareness and adjustment.  

06 Feb 2018


Finish what you start.