02-23-2013 10:29 AM
I am guitar builder out of Cleveland, Ohio. I just wanted to show what I have been up to. I tried to find a moderator to ask if it was ok to post this, but I couldn't find one so....
Here is my facebook link http://www.facebook.com/DeadTreeGuitars I am working on building my website as we speak. Hopefully, I can get it all squared away soon. My company name is Dead Tree Guitars.
Here is a picture of some of my guitars I made.If you like what you see please check out my page.
I currently building two manzer wedge fan frets out of wenge, I will post some pictures of those on my facebook page soon.
02-23-2013 10:46 AM
Thanks man!!!! I put a lot of time into these things. On average a guitar will take me about 130 hours to complete one. When I finish binding one of the manzer wedge fan frets that I am working on, I will post some pictures of the body. I incorporated a bevel arm rest, that I think is pretty interesting.
02-23-2013 02:02 PM
Wow. That is pretty stunning work! Very interesting and unusual.
Are you familiar with a luthier named Michihiro Matsuda? The man apprenticed with Ervin Somogyi and is now building on his own. He is an amazing genius. Your beautiful inlay work reminds me of him. In case you're interested, here's a link to his gallery:
I don't think you are breaking any rules by posting your pics and links here. In fact, I'm sure several of us will be pissed off if you do not continue to post as many pics as you can. Your instruments look fantastic.
02-23-2013 04:07 PM
hi rob, great work there - interseting ideas.
My signiture on a big acoustic forum was 'Bits o' dead treas stuck together with the juice of dead animals and coverd with the excresions of dead beatels'
02-23-2013 04:43 PM
Yes! I love Michi`s work. He is truly an innovator and genius.(I rarely throw these kinds of words around) His work has influenced so many and took guitar building to whole new level. I hope that some day I can get to his level of ingenuity and skill.
Thank you everyone for the compliments!!! Hopefully my little guitar building company takes off enough where it can begin to take some of the financial burden off. At this stage of the game, I am just trying to build a name for myself. This ultimately means work for close to nothing. I am ok with that though. It is very important to me to make the best guitars I possibly can and to make the happiest customers I can. I think maintaining this type of attitude will lead me in the best direction.
02-23-2013 04:45 PM - edited 02-23-2013 04:46 PM
"My signiture on a big acoustic forum was 'Bits o' dead treas stuck together with the juice of dead animals and coverd with the excresions of dead beatels' "
Its funny cuz its true!
02-23-2013 05:00 PM
Congratulations on these creations of yours ! All the best to you..
02-23-2013 05:01 PM
Rob, as far as I'm concerned, please do keep posting. I spent a little time looking at the pics on your facebook page - I'm impressed. One question,tho (actually, a whole lot of questions, but one in particular) - what are the curved thingies in the last few pictures?
02-23-2013 05:30 PM
Ahhh yes those.... That was part of a bookcase that my girlfriend found on the internet. She found it on some home design website and mentioned how much she liked it. Since she needed a bookcase badly, I decided to make it for her as a birthday gift. The curved parts required giant clamping calls in order to glue up the maple. I posted a picture of the finished project and a picture of the clamping cauls in action. The amount of clamping pressure necessary was immense. You could feel the whole mess wanted to explode. I am really happy with the results. The bookcase is held together by a half lap joints. This means you can fully disassemble it and fit in a small car.
02-23-2013 06:58 PM
call me rob wrote:
At this stage of the game, I am just trying to build a name for myself. This ultimately means work for close to nothing. I am ok with that though. It is very important to me to make the best guitars I possibly can and to make the happiest customers I can. I think maintaining this type of attitude will lead me in the best direction.
I think you're right - fantastic attitude. If you love what you are doing (from the results, that seems very clear) and you are good at it (this is doubly clear), "failure" is a complete impossibility. If you're doing what you love to do, you've already achieved a goal no billionaire could surpass. I'm sure some financial reward for your work would be nice, though. From the look of your gits, I have no doubt you'll get there.
Were you "formally" trained in luthiery? Self-taught? If you reply that you are self-taught, I will blow my brains out. I really like the unique contours you've created. The cutaway construction is amazing. I am very, very envious of your skill. Jerk.
02-23-2013 07:32 PM
Thank you for the compliments!! I dont want you to hurt yourself, but I am self taught. I grew up in my Dads cabinet shop. I have been working wood since I was very young. My Dad always told me that the old guys know all of the secrets and if you show them respect, they might show you some. This is exactly how I learned; from the old guy`s secrets.
03-01-2013 09:30 AM
As promised here are some pictures of the body I just finished binding. This guitar is going to be fan fret wedge with a bevel. The back and sides are wenge. The top is Lutz spruce. The binding is macassar ebony with a black, holly, black purfling scheme. Sorry if some of the pictures are grainy. I took the pictures with my iphone. I did my best to edit it out. Thanks for looking!!
03-01-2013 11:58 AM
Wow, great iPhone pics! Truly beautiful, inspiring, very original work. I particularly love the unique inlays, including the rosette.
May I ask where you buy your Lutz plates?
03-02-2013 02:18 AM
How much is a guitar like this going to cost?
Possibly couldn't afford it anyway...
03-02-2013 06:27 AM
Very nice and refreshing work Rob! Love the arm bevel
07-03-2013 07:06 AM
I finally got my website made and up!!! It is DeadTreeGuitars.com Please check it out and tell me what you think. I also got some custom embroidered flexfit hats made. They have the Dead Tree Guitars logo embroidered on the front of the hat and Dead Tree Guitars (in text) embroidered on the back. I have them available on Etsy and on my website. Please check those out if hats are your thing. I got sick of trying to find hats that I like so I decided just to make my own. I also will have the guitars posted earlier in this thread buffed out this weekend and ready to go around the middle of July. I already have someone buying one of them but the other is still available.
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