We didn’t go in to Anaheim for the NAMM show this year but we did have a number of friends visit the shop throughout the weekend.
It started out on Thursday with nineteen year old guitarist Bella Speelman. I’ve admired her playing for a while now so it was nice to meet her in person. And she’s into old cars too so we had a great afternoon in the shop. Jill and I can’t wait for her to come back.
Then on Saturday fellow builders Creston Lea of Creston Electric Instruments, Adam Buchwald from Circle Strings and Mark Stutman, owner of Folkway Music in Canada, all made the trek out to the desert for the day. We hung out in the shop, had lunch at Pappy and Harriett’s and then went hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. What a great day!
To end the weekend, player Rodney Gene Jr. from Austin drove out to pick for a few hours at my house. I’ve known Rodney on line for a number of years. He’s done a few pickup demos and has written pickup descriptions for my Store so again, it was really great to finally meet him in person.
Thanks everyone for taking the time to drive out to the desert. Hope to see you all again soon!
I really enjoy spraying sunburst. This Smith Special heading to a customer on the East coast this week.
I’m offering this set for 5 string mandolin builders. Plain or engraved. (engraving by my friend Dave Gibson)
For pricing, email me at email@example.com.
This set heading to a builder in Portland.
I’m getting close to finishing a new neck for this J-100. The guitar was damaged in hurricane Katrina. The body was stripped and refinished by the customer and then sent to me for a neck, C.A.R. pickup mounted in the sound hole and a pick guard.
Update: Now that its finished the owner wrote a great piece on this guitars history. You can read it HERE