Building a custom matched set Smith Special guitar and mandolin was a first, and more fun than I could have imagined. Both the guitar and mandolin feature neck through semi-hollow construction. The guitar is 25.5″ scale and the mandolin 13 5/8″ scale, both have my C.A.R. pickups, cast aluminum hardware engraved by Dave Gibson, including my custom Smith vibrato arm, and matching custom inlayed pickguards.
This set will be headed off to their new owner soon but with the Fretboard Summit right around the corner, Oct. 14-16, I’m going to wait to ship them off. If you’re going to be at the Summit, I’ll have this matched set with me as well as something I’ve been working on for a long time that we’re really excited to share ; )
Please feel free to come up to myself or Jill anytime during the Summit and ask to come by our room to check them out. And this year on Sunday morning, I get the pleasure to play a few songs with one of my favorite players, Matt Munisteri.
Hope to see you there.
I just finished making a neck, pickguard, pickups and installing hardware on this really clean Kay arch-top. The body has the original finish with barely a scratch on it. I’ll bet it will get more use this time around.
We still have a few Vintage Ad T’s in the shop. Get em here!
Two years ago long time friend, Jim Heath, contacted me about a custom guitar. We went back and forth a few times and here’s what I came up with. A 24.75″ scale, neck through, 7lbs. 13oz. semi hollow body. Man, I love building these things!
Nick Rossi recently sent me this photo of one of my favorite players, Tal Farlow, in the late 50’s using a Gibson GA-40. Rarely is there an amp in any pictures of Tal from the 40’s and 50’s.
If you haven’t seen the documentary, “Talmage Farlow”, it’s definitely worth checking out. The film gives insight to his early work, his day job as a sign painter in New Jersey, and what got him back to playing live after he seemed to disappear from the NY music scene. It’s not a completely in-depth look at his career but with appearances from Lenny Breau, Red Norvo and other greats, it’s an interesting look into Tals life.