Stay in Tune vol#25
By luthier Patrick Podpadec
It's been like a whirlwind since I got back from Florida. The first week I went back to work doing a little construction work . That felt so foreign to me because I haven't really worked in the field since Oct. of last year. I have been focusing on guitar repair and building full time now for about 7or 8 months. It seems the more you do something the more than comes to you. I have been finding so many new contacts that are helping me along my new journey of lutherie. Even in the first week back from Florida, I've been in contact with 4-5 new repair clients and have had some interesting offers to possibly build guitars for an up and coming artist. I've also been approached by a guy ( who is also a budding luthier) to help me to learn the art of winding pickups, and trading wood and and parts and stuff. I've joined a new web site that has a bunch of people that build all kinds of interesting musical instruments. The world is full if amazing and very talented people and I feel very blessed to have had the recent opportunity to have met a few of them. I can't wait to see what the future has in store.
Well now that I'm back and have got my lawn mowed and my yard half cleaned up , I'm ready to start in on all of the repairs that my clients are so patiently waiting for me to finish .I want to thank the few dedicated clients that gave me the extra weeks to finish their projects ,so that I could build my “Sonic Sitka guitar”. I have been working diligently on a re fret on a 70's Fender Mustang, and fixing a broken headstock on a Epiphone Dot (semi hollow electric with a 335 body style). I have had to put “cleats” in the glued area of the neck to support it because I felt that the cracked area needed some additional support to reinforce it. I'm also working on resetting the neck on a “staved back” lute style instrument. It's not actually a lute, but looks a bit like one. It has many issues besides the neck reset. Too many to list right now. I will be sure to list them in the future articles because they are certainly worth mentioning. I also just received a beautiful mid 1800's parlor guitar with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. I will be spending some quality time restoring that one this summer. I have got another neck reset and fret job to do on a 1930's “Recording King” guitar. ( these were quality instruments built by Gibson in the early 30's) the list goes on and on.
I wanted to mention , if I haven't already about how the guitar I built turned out. I have decide to name it the “Maverick” because of it's western look and the rope style binding on the fingerboard and headstock. For all of the sleepless nights I had worrying about the sound and if I would be able to finish it in time or not apparently were in vain because the sound and aesthetics are superb. I have had a few very highly acclaimed players play it and have been told by them the it is an extraordinary sounding guitar. It has a very large “bottom end”, without being too muddy and is also very well balanced in the middle and higher ranges too. I currently have the guitar in my shop and would like to personally invite any interested buyers to please contact me for an appointment to see and play the guitar first hand.
.I'm planning to start 3 new instruments in June. I would like to build one more of the slope shoulder design , like the Maverick, but with a 14 fret body joint instead of a 12 fret one. It may also sport a cutaway. (I haven't quite made up my mind yet, That could be determined by the amount of feedback I will get from this article) The other two instruments will be Harp guitars. There is a Harp Guitar show coming in November in Illinois that I 'm hoping to attend with by good friend Brian Henke.
I also have been trying to iron out the details to start a repair class starting in July or maybe Aug. The response of emails and calls that I have been receiving about questions regarding certain repairs has led me to think that a small class of 3-5 people for about 4-6 wks (two hr sessions on Sat morning)
From Patrick at Wood-n-Strings