As the busy summer winds down, I’ve got great news! I’ve moved into my new shop space in Southeast Portland, where I’ll be renting a bench in a furniture makers shop. Our compact woodshop is in the middle of a warehouse full of bicycle framebuilders…it is an inspiring place to be. I’m officially taking in repair jobs, especially fretwork, setup, and general maintenance. I’ll be ramping up to build some guitars as well!
Right now I’m working on an early sixties Epiphone Granada; this guitar has been passed down from father to son, and it has lots of honest play wear. It buzzes up and down the neck, and the original jumbo frets have been leveled to flat bars. I’ve planed the Brazilian rosewood fingerboard nicely flat, perfectly radiused the fingerboard to original specs, and refretted with Evo fretwire. The Evo has a golden color which tarnishes to a brassy sheen, and it is significantly longer wearing than regular fretwire. I’m also making a new bone nut to replace the original synthetic nut. I’ll be fabricating a new imitation tortoise pickguard to replace the shattered original creme plastic. Fun Job! Here is the progress so far: