Fretboard Summit and Shop Updates

TK Smith

It’s been a while. I’ve been keeping my head down and focused on the work in the shop the past few months. We have a lot of fun projects that we’re working on so just wanted to jump on and share a few details with more to come soon.

Next week we’re headed to the first Fretboard Summit being put on by Jason Verlinde and the team behind the Fretboard Journal. The weekend will be full of talks by some of today’s great guitar builders, many that I’ve long admired, various players in concert and giving instruction, and the chance to hang out with a focused group of all around guitar geeks. The event is taking place at Costanoa Resort near Pescadero, CA along the coast. I can’t think of a better excuse to get out of the shop for a few days. On Sunday morning, I’ll have the pleasure to sit down with amazing guitar player, Julian Lage, and play a few songs with him while we talk shop with Jason.

Above is a photo of the gear I’ll be taking to the Summit. In the front row is a newly finished sunburst Smith Special, a Tele with my CCll Pole Piece Pickup, my personal Smith Special and a recently completed mandolin that I made for myself. The mandolin is a cross between Tiny Moore’s 5 string and the Glenn Tarver’s 5 string, which I was fortunate to have in my shop for a few weeks recently. Next post I’ll share more photos and details on the mandolin, along with a video where I’ll play and slow down one of Tiny’s solo’s.

Along with the guitars, I’m taking a recently acquired 1957 Magnatone Troubadour, a 1956 Gibson Country Western and my trusty Gibson EH 185.

TK Smith

TK Smith

TK Smith

TK Smith

On another note, every year Jill comes up with a new t-shirt design for the shop. We recently had artist and friend Anika Orrock out for a few days and she created some funny characters of a hillbilly guitar builder in the desert. Oh ya, that’s me. We love her work so decided to honor it on a shirt.

T’s in the store now, printed on custom T’s by Hometown Jersey. Available in Black or Cream. Free shipping in the USA on this shirt through Nov. 15, while supplies last. Use Code: “Smith” at checkout. 100% Made in the USA.

TK Smith

Also offering Smith Fabrication T’s with stitched on felt lettering. Laid out by hand, stitched on one at a time. This one comes in Black, Cream, Navy or White.

If you jump over to our Store, please sign up for “News and Updates” at the bottom of the page. We have a lot of cool videos etc. coming soon that we’d like to share.

TK Smith

Guitarist Cameron Hill

TK Smith

Nick Rossi sent me this photo of Guitarist Cameron Hill this week which he acquired from Cameron’s nephew. Cameron had a great career as a musician playing with everyone from Bob Wills to Spade Cooley and so many more. You can read about him here.

In The Shop With: Johnny MacCree

I’ve had the pleasure to be in a few bands with Johnny MacCree, including Smith’s Ranch Boys and Golden Hill Ramblers. It’s always fun when we have time to get together and play some music.

Liner Note Legends #6: Smokey Hormel

It’s great to see guitarist Smokey Hormel featured on the documentary web series Liner Note Legends. The series gives recognition and insight to the talented musicians behind the scenes who have played on recordings in all genres that everyone has heard. I really enjoyed hearing Smokeys story in his own words. When you have time, check it out.

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