Sunday, April 29, 2007

Martin Trip

This week I flew back home where I grew up in Pennsylvania. The Martin Guitar Factory is only an hour and a half away, so I arranged a trip to spend the day there. I've been a Martin Warranty Service Technician for several years, and I've been to the Martin factory once before. This trip I wanted to spend the whole day with their repair staff, asking questions and picking up some tips and tricks from some of the best in the business. Most of their repair staff have been with the company for decades. I had the pleasure of working with two of them that were 35+ year veterans. They taught me a trick or two for sure! Below are some pics of my day spent at the factory this past Wednesday.

Martin Trip

Martin Trip

Martin Trip

Martin Trip

Martin Factory Trip

Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Original Creosote Slide




Here are some pics of the original guitar built for Brother Ray. By the way, it's call the "Creosote Slide" because of the maple used on the neck from 90 year old maple telephone poles from British Columbia. At the time, they sealed the poles with creosote, leaving black streaks in the wood permanently. Since it's a slide style guitar for blues, Ray wanted it dubbed the Creosote Slide.
The pickup guts were taken from a 1950's Supro lap steel guitar and transplanted right into this guitar.

Creosote Slide



I had built a guitar for Calgary blues musician, Brother Ray, who wanted a very specific guitar for blues and slide guitar playing. He had a specific design in mind that had been rattling around in his head for years and I was privileged to work together with him to design and built it. The prototype was a hit, and now I'm making some more for him. This one will have two pickups, a three way toggle switch, two volumes and a master tone. This particular one will also have a Bigsby on it. I just glued the neck on last Friday, but here it is before that was done.