Thursday, September 08, 2011

Thinline Lap steel

I've had this idea floating around in my head for a year now. I cut the center part out a few months ago and made a few attempts to bend sides for it. I felt like the bent sides weren't robust enough so I tried laminating them ....still unhappy I shelved it. Last week I glued up some offcuts on a pattern and I like it so far.

Monday, July 11, 2011

3 times Un lucky

This headstock break was in for the third time, the first 2 breaks were in different spots but the wood was compromised and a more involved repair was required. Some of the neck was removed from across the break and 10 new pieces (including the overlay)were laminated in. The neck was reshaped and is now ready for finishing.

Friday, March 04, 2011


I worked part time for Joe Kovacic in the 80's. I was his electronics guy I would come in and wire up the 5 instruments he had made that week. It was a great experience ....Joe was intense and passionate about his craft. He was also riotously funny and a wealth of information. He could be all these things and more in the span of 10 min. His passion meant I was the focus of his anger on a few occasions (I remember Anna comforting me )

Mostly we got along and I learned fundamentals from a master. After a particularly enlightening chat about guitar building I said to Joe "There's so much to learn when does it stop" I can hear this like he's right here in the room "Johnny, you learn and you learn all your life and then you die stupid" then he laughed and went back to cutting wood.

Joe would run (no kidding) from one machine to the other ....focused and efficient ...then "Johnny it's time for coffee" He would read the Sun and comment on it and be entertaining for 15 min and then it was back to work.

Joe is probably the most prolific guitar builder in North America, he is a master craftsman and although I haven't talked to him much in recent years he is a good friend. He still builds guitars and has an 18 week teaching course in Lindsay Ontario.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


They come in GorD keys... but you can tune up and down or altered...capo - explore your inner modal_______bottom line they're fun to play (have to work at playing a wrong note)

There are 3 string and 4 string Jambsticks... 1st string is doubled up for 4 string ....KD suggested this and I like both

They're made from different kinds of wood ....reassigned birch and beech (an old dresser and an old bed) mahogany and maple ...cedar and spruce. Ty BR

I'll upload the chord chart soon for the owners of the first fifty.