acoustic guitar
mother of pearl inlay custom acoustic guitar
luthier, guitar builder

This is no factory. You can rest assured that when you receive one of my instruments there have been only my two hands for each, every, and all of the operations - from the wood resaw to the final polish.

Whatever your musical heart desires is possible in my shop. Even my standard models have subtle differences discernible to the discriminating eye.

A basic list of models to start from:

Acoustic

  • 16" dreadnaught
  • 17" large jumbo
  • 16" small jumbo
  • 15 1/2" grand concert
  • 16" full-size grand concert
  • 14 5/8" parlor style
  • 17" acoustic bass with 34" scale
  • Electric

  • Jazz or Precision style
  • Basic Strat and Tele type models
  • my own electric model

    All of the acoustic models are available in a 12-string version also, with a standard 6-string neck dimension if so desired.. They are all also available in a cutaway style. I prefer the pointed cutaway even though it is harder to build. It goes deeper and doesn't get in the way of the back of your left hand. I personally believe some of the round cutaways are not only a bit tubby visually, but also don't allow the ease of playability a pointed style allows. The backs on all my acoustics have very short radiuses, i.e. very round. I even radius the tops on all my acoustic models. All braces are milled to fit a 110 foot diameter sphere. Believe me - both of these construction theories add a lot of building time especially when fitted tightly to the sides. Any wood you want I can usually come up with. For the last twenty years I have built mostly maple guitars. It has a slightly warmer tone than the rosewoods. Mr. Stradivarius didn't build rosewood violins - so I guess that is my opinion on the quality of maple as a great wood for instruments!

    I prefer to resaw all my own wood. To do it any otherway would make me a factory model maker- not an instrument builder. A standard neck, unless ordered otherwise, is 1 11/16" wide at the nut and 2 1/8" wide at the 14th fret. These dimensions are what Gibson, Guild and Martin have as their standard.This gives a string spacing of about 2 1/8" at the saddle. The standard neck thickness of my guitars is about .800" at the nut and around .880" at the 9th fret. I prefer a uniform curve from fret to fret, with no flat spots. Understand that of course any shape you order can be made.

    I also make my fingerboard radius 7 1/2" on any standard model unless otherwise specified. Martin Guitars to me are so flat as to be uncomfortable. Standard scale length for me is 25 1/2". Short scale for me is 25 1/8". My grandfather made gears for Harley Davidson, and my old man designed 500KV (that's 500,000 volts) electric systems, so you can bet I know how to read a ruler, micrometer, caliper, and my favorite Starrett straight edge. I've got my own dry box and use my 20 year old Delmhorst analog moisture meter constantly. I make all my own molds, jigs, and patterns, and you would have to get up pretty early the day before yesterday to catch me making a mistake.

    Before, during, and after construction, each of my instruments is treated as a one- of- a-kind project. When you order a guitar, you tell me about your personal feel, sound, set-up requirements, dimensions, wood type and art work. You can drop by any time to check the progress of the instrument,or to just say hello.

    -RV-