Orders, Instruction, and Repairs
Special Orders. If
you want an instrument built just for you, talk to me. I will build in
about any wood that I can obtain with any features that I can
understand. I usually require a deposit of $1000 (or more depending on
materials selected) before I start your build. If
you elect not to complete the purchase of a guitar I have made for
you, I will keep your deposit until the guitar is sold. Having a guitar custom crafted for you will
cost more than buying one already in inventory, so if you play one you
like, buy it. That one will sound just like you expect it to.
Guitar Building Instruction.
My students build a guitar under my guidance in my shop. All
phases of building are covered including design, wood choice, tool
selection and maintenance, construction and finishing. Expect
about 100 hours in my shop spread over several months depending on
both of our schedules. Expect to do a large amount of reading
and other homework. This process is both exciting and satisfying
and you end up with a very nice guitar. I take no more than 2
students at a time. I charge a flat $3,000 for this. You
purchase all of your own materials (usually $300-500).
Guitar Repair in Fredericksburg, VA:
I will undertake repairs to guitars of other makers when it makes
sense to both you and me to do so. People often bring me their
special instruments for personal attention. If the repair is
simple, often I can do it while you wait. My shop rate is $50/hour
plus materials. Call (after 10 a.m.) or e-mail for an appointment.
A special slide guitar (no frets) prepares to enter the world of
This bouzouki is played by Bill Reese of Moch Pryderi. It
has a sitka spruce top with East Indian rosewood back and
sides. The sound is remarkable.
Mulford gets acquainted with her new banjo. It has a 12"
walnut block rim and a mahogany neck with a 1 3/8" nut. My
banjos have glued up block rims for a solid feel and a strong
sound. I make wide necks with a comfortable feel. If
you're looking for an open back banjo, come see me.