Handcrafted Concert Classical Guitars
In an effort to better understand the dynamics of the sound of a true Concert Classical Guitar, and what makes one that, I had to dig deep, and actually learn all the subtleties of their construction. With the help of MANY skilled Luthiers (John Bogdanovich, David Wren, David Easser, Serge De Jonge, Tony Karol, Gord Barry) I was able to understand what it took as a builder, and have both sides of the equation. I know what a guitar should feel like, sound like, respond like. And I hope I can help you get "your" sound.
I build one guitar at a time, and no two look the same.
As a Custom Guitar builder, I will work closely with you to understand what it is you're looking for in an instrument, and together we will design a guitar that will become something that will be handed down for years to come.
Your guitar will be guaranteed for as long as you own it, but things such as neglect and improper storage will automatically void this warranty.
My guitar's are loosely based on the Hauser design, in that they are similar in size, with a single top, however the 7 fan bracing pattern is quite different, and that is derived from John Bogdanivich's design. I laminate and finish the inside of the sides and I use solid linings. this creates great stiffness, as well as stability in the sides, it creates a moisture barrier, and as well, adds atheistic beauty. All my guitars use the traditional Spanish Heel design, this also aids in the transfer of vibration throughout the instrument.
I source my materials from many different places, through the contacts I've made over the years. I will never use anything other than top grade materials on my guitars. No matter how hard it may be to get, I will find a way to get it. A wiser Luthier than me once said. "If you make a guitar using "cheaper or lesser grade" wood, and it doesn't sound or play good, how will you know if it's because of the wood or not" So I only use the best materials, period.
All my guitars are finished using the time tested method of French Polishing. I start by applying 2-3 coats/sessions of epoxy to fill the pores, hand sanding it back in-between coats. Then I start the French Polishing process. Once I'm satisfied with the thickness of the finish I start wet sanding and polishing the finish to a high gloss, all done by hand. The result is a beautiful, deep, rich finish that minimizes the restrictions to the top that other finishes can do to a guitar.
Here's reknowned classical guitarist Tariq Harb playing the first guitar I built.
The Concert Classical with all of the standard features
Things that are extra to the cost of the Standard Guitar
On standard guitars a $500 non-refundable deposit is required.
The balance is then due prior to delivery of the guitar.
All non-standard guitars require a $1000 non refundable deposit.
Guitars that are not ordered directly through me, will be sold at The Twelfth Fret in Toronto. Ask for Mike Gray or Brian Dickie.
Current wait time for an instrument is approximately 8 months to one year. But could vary depending on what's in the queue.
" It's a fantastic instrument--wonderful tone, dynamics, sustain, string separation, elegant craftsmanship, beautiful details. It's extraordinary! "