Guitar Models

 


Mod-D

OM & OOO

Studio

Jumbo

OO


Most of the guitars that I make are one version or another of today’s commonly produced and familiar guitar shapes.  However, most of the traditional models for steel string guitars – which have been an American invention – were initially factory creations and, as such, have always looked a bit clunky to me.  Their shapes seem an awkward mix of flat spots and inconsistent curves — like a tire that can’t make up its mind as to whether it’s going flat or not.  But then again, timeless beauty is not what any of these seem to have been about.  In any event, I’ve streamlined my guitars’ shapes so that their lines flow more easily and with greater beauty.

I might add, by way of historical perspective, that the Spanish guitar (the classical guitar) emerged out of a very different aesthetic tradition.  European stringed instruments (lutes, citterns, guitars, violins and violas, cellos, mandolins, etc.) came out of an artistic and even commercial culture of things that were handmade that placed value on things like visual aesthetics, pleasing line, balance and proportion, etc.  They were chasing beauty at least as much as the bottom line.

 

Mod-D/M.D./Modified Dreadnought


The
Mod-D. or M.D. (Modified Dreadnought) is my proprietary shape; it grew out of the very traditional Martin Dreadnought guitar.  That guitar was designed for musicians who stood when they played; my version is designed for musicians who sit.  As such, it offers a waist and a better center-of-balance.  This model was furthermore invented before luthiers were calling their own models showy names like the “Shenandoah”, the “Il Padrone”, the “Grand Tetons”, etc. (these are names I’ve thought up, by the way; I don’t think anyone actually uses them).  I had modified the canonical Dreadnought guitar, and simply called it the “modified dreadnought” at the time.  The name stuck.

 

OM & OOO


The
OM and OOO models are the same, except for the fact that the former has a 14-fret neck and the latter a 12-fret neck.  This has structural and tonal implications.

 

Studio


My
Studio model is the same as the Mod. D., but sized down 4%.  It is between the Dreadnought and the OM models in size, and very comfortable for people who like a bit of a smaller-bodied guitar.  It can be made in both 12- and 14-fret versions.

 

Jumbo

The Jumbo guitar is the largest commercially available guitar body.  I make two sizes of it; the first is for the six-string version; the second slightly larger one is for the 12-string version.  It can be made in both 12- and 14-fret versions.

 

OO


The
OO is my streamlined and visually improved version of the standard small-bodied OO guitar.  It can be made in both 12- and 14-fret versions.

 

I can also make the yet smaller Parlor and O guitars, or pretty much anything one might want.  I’ve made one-of-a-kind shapes for clients who have desired such a thing or need some particular ergonomic feature.  Such considerations add to the cost of a project, as I probably have to create new molds, templates, jigs, other infrastructure — and of course a custom-fitted case.  They can, of course, be made in both 12- and 14-fret versions.

 

Finally, I make darn good Classical and Flamenco guitars, despite the fact that I am much better known as a steel string guitar maker.