For your approval, some photos of the M-45 Dreadnought, in Hemlock & Claro Walnut, just after polishing and yet to receive a pickguard.  This guitar is patterned after an excellent 1935 Gibson Original Jumbo, with knife edge bracing, no popsicle brace, two scalloped tone bars, and a small maple bridge plate.  Working with an awesome customer with great taste, we went with a 1940’s sunburst and a Brazilian Rosewood belly bridge.  Rounding the guitar out is buttery smooth Waverly ivoroid-button tuners and amber binding.  The neck is Spanish Cedar with a c-carve and 1.75″ nut width.  The M-45 will get a Dazzo Pickup for beautiful amplification.  The Hemlock has many of the qualities of Adirondack Spruce, and was sawn from a very old and fine grained beam from a building in Wisconsin.  The Walnut does a wonderful job of mellowing the guitar, and providing focus for the tone of the top.  After just a few hours being strung up, the whole guitar comes alive when strummed, having the rotund authority of a vintage Gibson, and offers a very strong bass response while being reasonably balanced across the range.  A singer or flatpickers dream!

The wonderful Adam Kiesling and AJ Srubas just posted some videos including the Miller Roy Smeck Dreadnought. The guitar is constructed of Adirondack Spruce and Big Leaf Maple with a 1934 sunburst and unusual blonde back and sides. This is a 24.75″ scale, 12 frets-to-body dreadnought with extra depth. Enjoy!





Peace, Land, and Bread

This past weekend, I went and visited some dear friends in Southwestern Wisconsin.  While I was down there, I visited an amazing guitar shop (Dave’s Guitars), square danced at Gays Mills, and visited a very innovative and interesting repair person named Kevin Duhse.  We also celebrated a birthday in country fashion with food and tunes.

Lilly with Leland

Liz, leland, and Lilly

Liz and Jesse

tunes with Jesse, Aaron, and Nate




Most excellently, I finally had the chance to meet my friend Jesse’s new son, Leland.  I had a great time and ate very well, but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.