This guitar was a real joy to design and build. My college academic advisor got in touch to request a guitar that would play jazz chords with clarity and aplomb and look imaginative yet crisp and classy. My advisor is a fine arts professor, a printmaker who had a tremendous impact on my development as a visual artist–I was thrilled to collaborate with him to design a guitar that looks as good as it sounds. We selected an Adirondack spruce top with sugar maple back and sides for fat, clear trebles paired with African blackwood appointments to increase the visual contrast. We chose a dyed color scheme that resonated with the deep purples of African blackwood. Finally, this guitar got a one-of-a-kind twelfth-fret inlay, designed by the customer, that is the perfect exclamation point.

Here are the initial thoughts of the new owner:

The sound is incredibly full and complex, it has a great feel, and the craftsmanship is excellent.  It’s aesthetically striking too.  David balanced the color and contrast in the finish to create nuanced sunbursts while also unifying the visual impact of the instrument from top to bottom and front to back.  I couldn’t be more pleased and more impressed.  Thanks, David.


Serial Number26
CompletedNovember 2020
SizeGrand Concert
TopAdirondack spruce
Sides & BackSugar maple
Binding & Accent WoodAfrican blackwood
FretboardAfrican blackwood
BridgeAfrican blackwood
Scale Length24.9″
Nut Width1.75″

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