A collection of links and information acoustic guitars and related info for the jazz guitarist.
(from their site )ll Jeff Babicz Guitars feature the "icZ" Acoustic System, a proprietary technology from BabicZ Design Ltd. These innovative features are the hallmark of Jeff Babicz Guitars.
The "icZ" system features these patented innovations:
( from listing's site ) - The University of Wisconsin system, Gordon Bischoff proceeded to receive training in violin repair in 1974 at Redwing Technical College in Redwing, Minnesota. Using the skills and techniques from that training and incorporating every bit of printed material available on the subject he went on to pursue his true interest...guitars.
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( from listing's submission ) - Fred can build the ukulele of your dreams! We offer many models: soprano, concert, tenor, and taropatch (8-string). If you want something different, just ask! Woods used are mahogany, koa, curly mango, walnut, chakte kok, and more.
( from listing's site ) - A native of Oxfordshire, England, Andrew worked at the Lawrence Berkeley Research Labs before deciding to follow my passion for building stringed instruments. Andrew studied at the Welsh School of Violin Making and Repair, near Cardiff. After graduating Andrew joined the restoration workshops of Bein and Fushi in Chicago to apprentice under the guidance of master cello restorer, Russell Wagner. In 1996 Andrew opened my own workshop in Santa Rosa, California , providing restoration services to the violin trade. Regular clients include some of the world's leading violin dealers. These days Andrew spends most all of my time building new instruments. My violins, violas and cellos are played by professional and amateur musicians across the US and in Europe.
(from their site) - All Kerry Char guitars feature solid wood construction from some of the finest woods the world has to offer: rosewoods from Brazil and India, Koa from the Hawaiian Islands, mahogany from Africa and Honduras, various spruces: European, Sitka, Engelman, and Western Red Cedar. This is only a partial list of the tone woods available. Given the new wave of alternative tone woods, (curly walnut [Claro], myrtlewood and African black wood, to name a few,) players have an even greater choice in tone woods than ever before.
( from listing's site ) - Cole Clark guitars combine classical construction with innovative design and manufacturing techniques to produce lighter, stronger instruments with superior acoustic performance. Made using indigenous timber and featuring Face Brace Sensor acoustic pickup systems, Cole Clark guitars provide professional quality at affordable prices.
All Cole Clark ukuleles comprise our unique "Carved to fit" Soundboard & Backs, as well as the "Spanish" or "Integral Neck", that is, the neck forms a part of the construction as with our "Fat Lady" range of acoustic guitars.
(from the Fleishman Instruments web site ) From a very early age Harry was inspired and obsessed with music and art, if you can call surf music music, and model cars art. He loved fixing things, even when it meant breaking them first. By the time he was 14, he was playing in bands and doing some recording as a backup guitarist for singers. Through the sixties, Harry played with the Mugwumps and later with the Drifters, the Soul Brothers and other soul bands. For a while during the late ‘60s he was an in-house songwriter for Criterion Music Co. in Hollywood. After threatening to punch a producer (for intimidating a singer who was recording one of his songs), which he obviously was too big a wimp to actually do, he was fired and Jackson Browne took his place. Really. Think of it--Jackson Browne.
July 1, 1948 – April 26, 2011
Jimmy passed away on April 26, 2011, and he is now at peace with the Lord. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
For more information: In Memory of Jimmy
Jimmy Foster has been practicing the luthier’s art for over 30 years. Just as importantly, he’s been playing guitar for over 35 years – a rarity among guitar builders.
It’s this player’s perspective, plus his commitment to perfection, that defines the character of each and every Foster Guitar.
Jimmy’s early musical idols were artists such as Chet Atkins, Les Paul, and Tony Mottola. As his talents developed, Jimmy’s taste turned toward the jazz influences of players like Howard Roberts, Johnny Smith, and George Van Eps, the legendary 7-string jazz guitar player.
An “everyday man” Jimmy loves to talk to his customers and welcomes their input into the building of their custom instrument.
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Each Greenfield Guitar is crafted and constructed by me, in my Montreal shop. They incorporate many of the latest techniques and proprietary design features while still being handcrafted in the time honoured tradition of the master guitarmakers of generations past. It is my philosophy that a truly extraordinary instrument is the result of the meticulous selection of the finest woods, materials and careful construction; along with a clear vision of the end result and a consistency of skills and techniques throughout.
For the past 50 years, I have been creating custom instruments for a select group of musicians from around the world. They have come to appreciate the superior sound quality and ease of playing characteristic of my guitars. Where did it all begin?
Working for George Gruhn at Gruhn Guitars in the late 60’s through the mid-70’s repairing and restoring exceptional vintage instruments taught me what was possible. The experience gave me a direct measure of how the best of the vintage instruments compare to their modern counterparts and was the primary impetus for me to go into full time guitar making. I knew it was up to the small shop builder to bring back the big pre-war sounds. This has been and still is my life’s goal as a guitar maker. I believe it possible to recreate not only the look and feel of the originals, but the sound as well.
( from listing's site ) - Ko’olau Guitars and 'Ukuleles are professional quality, hand crafted instruments. The shop is located in Kaneohe, on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, approximately fifteen minutes from Honolulu, at the foot of the the beautiful Ko’olau Mountains.
( from listing's site ) - I specialize in custom made stringed instruments of all sorts...
Whatever You’d like to ask for - perhaps a jazz-mandola, bouzoukis, speciality guitars small or big, A or F mandolins, tenor guitars, ukuleles, a mando-uke, banjos, electric guitars and mandolins, carved tops and backs, fancy woods, custom inlays, french polish... whatever you’ve seen in the books or heard of... don’t hesitate to ask for your own special instrument. There will be a way to make your dream come true at a reasonable price!
( from the Kragenbrink Guitars site ) - Since the age of 15 I have been captivated by the "guitar." I have had a long and winding history with them – from playing in rock bands throughout the 80’s to recording in the 90's, and now, ultimately to building them one by one.
I have developed a deep appreciation and love for this instrument. The craftsmanship that goes into a fine guitar, the rich history and tradition behind modern instruments, and the special connection that exists between the player and his (or her) instrument is something magical that inspires me.
I build each guitar in my comfortable home studio in Vandercook Lake Michigan, and I have had the privilege to build instruments for a number of wonderful guitar players across this country – people who are clearly as infatuated by guitars as I am. For that privilege, I am eternally grateful.
More information on the Kragenbrink Guitars site…
Jean Larrivee Guitars USA Inc.
1070 Yarnell Place
Oxnard, CA, 93033-2454
( from listing's site ) - Handcrafted ukuleles and guitars built by NC luthier, Jay Lichty. Jay crafts with both domestic and exotic woods including Sycamore, Beech, Walnut, Brazilian Rosewood, Bubinga, and many others. Though he occasionally has ukuleles in stock, most instruments are custom-built and designed to meet the specific wants and needs of each client. Lichty Ukuleles are designed to look as stunning as they sound. Here is what one thrilled customer had to say: “Having an instrument you love to hold, to look at, to feel and to play inspires great music and extreme fun. My custom ukulele is a dream on all fronts.” K. Gillespie.
One of the worlds finest classical guitar builders in the world is now one of the worlds finest ukulele builders.
Ukulele Hall of Fame Expo 2004 - I had the pleasure of playing a few of Augustino LoPrinzi's ukulele at the expo show September 2004 and the are amazing. Light, responsive and reasonable priced for the quality they are. they could easily cost $1000 more than the current price.
Here is a nice article titled The Duke of Uke from the St. Petersburg Times.
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( from listing's site ) - Yvonne de Villiers, the accomplished stained-glass artist who envisioned Luna Guitars. Yvonne's inspiration for a line of guitars designed to maximize playing comfort came from her mother, Hilda Williers, an electric bass player for more than 40 years.
Martin Guitar Masterpieces A Showcase of Artists' Editions, Limited Editions and Custom Guitars. Book (not sheet music). Size 10.2x14.25 inches. 144 pages. Published by Bullfinch Press. (331139)
These are the guitars that the great Tommy Emmanuel peforms with.
The Maton name is a derivative of the words “May” and “Tone”.
Until the mid 1930s an Australian guitar manufacturing industry was virtually nonexistent. Good quality guitars were hard to find and at this time the best guitars came from the U.S.A. Bill May, a Melbourne-born jazz musician, woodwork teacher and luthier decided to change all that.
During the early 1940s Bill established a custom guitar manufacturing and repair business known as “Maton Stringed Instruments and Repairs”. This enterprise was so successful that Bill was able to convince his older brother, Reg, to join him as a full time guitar maker and in March 1946 the “Maton Musical Instruments Company” was born.
Maton is still a 100% family owned Australian company, now operated by Linda & Neville Kitchen (Bill May's daughter and son in law). Showing great faith in the potential of the company, Bill opened up Australia's first major guitar making facility in Canterbury, Melbourne, in 1949. More than 300 different models were created at the Canterbury factory, a staggering testimony to the creativity of the Maton team from that era.
( from listing's site ) - Greg Pacetti, My life has been about music and wood. I started playing the guitar when I was twelve years old and fell in love with it. In my twenties, I began working in wood as a carpenter, house builder, and cabinetmaker. About 15 years ago I began to merge these passions and became a luthier. I build guitars, both acoustic and resophonic, ukuleles, and some special stringed instruments of my own design.
Master luthiers, Bruce and Matt Petros, hand create resonant, rich, steel and nylon string guitars for the mature, discerning, fingerstyle player who is ready to own, and play, the very best.
(from Andy Powers's site) - Andy Powers grew up in a music-loving family in Oceanside, California. At the age of five Andy, the son of a carpenter and his artist wife, had his first workbench and shortly thereafter began playing piano. Andy took up playing the guitar when he was eight. In a house where musical instruments, tools and wood were all readily available, curiosity got the better of him and he began his first attempts at building guitars before the age of ten. With design and sound refinement the instruments began to improve tremendously, and Andy began selling the instruments to customers while he was still a teenager. Having been encouraged by his parents to pursue the arts, he began to explore the world of traditional inlayed art, using his instruments as a canvas.
( from listing's site ) - Roberts Luthiery is dedicated to the design and construction of Premium Quality Custom Flat-top, Archtop, and Resonator Guitars as well as mandolins, ukeleles and banjos. Using only the best materials, time-tested methods, and state of the art design, Roberts can create your dream acoustic stringed instrument.
Content is always being added and updated. So check-in often. Thanks, Curt
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