FEATURE MICHAEL SANDEN CONSTRUCTION DIARY
MICHAEL SANDEN CONSTRUCTION DIARY
BUILDING A GUITAR FROM THE GROUND UP: PART ONE By Michael Sanden
“I BREAK DOWN THE PROCESS INTO MANAGEABLE STEPS. IF YOU’RE GOING TO CLIMB A MOUNTAIN YOU HAVE TO DO IT ONE STEP AFTER ANOTHER!”
few issues ago Tanglewood and Michael Sanden, of Sanden Guitars, offered one of our readers the chance to win a custom-built guitar from Michael. The lucky winner was Ian Palmer, and over the next four issues Michael will talk us through the construction of the prize.
The Winner Takes It All Five years ago Tanglewood approached me and my company, Sanden Guitars, to help them design what was to become their flagship model. They wanted a line of guitars that stood out from the rest. When I started to build guitars 30 years ago I wanted to make guitars that were original and not simply
copies of existing designs. I also wanted to build instruments that were contemporary, that would fit the needs of modern musicians. Don’t get me wrong, I like vintage instruments, and I think it is important that we carry on the traditions – but that is not for me. So now, 30 years later, people come to me for my kind of instrument. And that is what I will build for Ian Palmer, the winner of the competition in Acoustic.
of all the options he could choose from. He settled on a TSR-1, but with some custom fittings. We start with an AAAA Sitka spruce top, which I bought in 1990, really dry and with a lot of ‘silk’. The back and side will
be East Indian rosewood, a beautiful dark colour and perfect quarter-sawn. The neck will be sapele mahogany with an ebony fretboard. Ian wanted an ‘open head’ and golden tuners with ebony buttons. The head will have an ebony veneer on both sides for looks and strength. The top will have a rosette in sumptuous paua abalone. The body and the fretboard will also be fitted with a flamed koa binding – this will give the guitar a striking look. Ian is a fingerstlye player, so he decided on a wider neck, with a 46 mm nut width and a pinless bridge. The use of such a bridge gives the guitar a more open sound with more attack – perfect for fingerstyle players.
The Contact And Spec First I wrote an email to Ian congratulating him on his win – to say he was pleased is something of an understatement. From there we jumped straight into choosing the spec for his instrument. To keep things simple for him I sent him a detailed list
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The woods have been selected and cut to size
The sides moulded into shape
So now I hope you all can picture the guitar in front of you. And I hope you will find it interesting to follow the building of this instrument in the next four issues. I will divide the coverage like this: this and the next issue I will show the building of the body; the third instalment will concentrate on the neck and fretboard; and the last issue will be the finish and set-up.
The Building Starts Building a guitar can be very complicated or very simple. The way I build guitars, and consequently the approach of my workshop, boils down to a straightforward approach. I break down the building process into manageable steps. After all, if you’re going to climb a mountain you have to do it one step after another! Although I do a lot of work with regular hand tools, I discovered quite early on in my career that I like using routers. If you make good moulds and jigs, the router will do an excellent job. A few years ago I purchased a CNC machine, thinking this would make the process easier, faster and more accurate. Instead I became very frustrated. I’ve never been one for computers, and using the CNC was more programming than constructing a guitar. So I sold it to a friend who uses it to make the most incredible moulds and jigs for my routers. Finding the wood for guitars is like searching for lost treasure. There’s something about going to sawmills and hand-picking the wood for instruments that I truly love. Over the years I have
found a handful of people I can trust and I know they always have some beautiful pieces for me. Normally the wood is dried when I buy it. But I still let it sit in my workshop for at least three years before I use it. I always start, with the customer in mind, picking out the wood for his or her instrument and what they want from the final product. The most important bit is the top – I
like it to be stiff lengthwise and flexible across the grain. Before I glue the halves together I sand them down to approximately 4 mm. Then it is easier to check the grain and if there is any irregularity that I do not want. I glue the half together in a special jig that gives an even precure. For most of the time I let everything I glue sit overnight. I try to prepare all the work on the different pieces during the day and then glue in the late afternoon. Then I let it sit overnight so I do not get the urge to take off the clamps too soon. Bending the sides is done with water and heat. By first damping the wood and then adding heat the fibre will soften, making it easy to bend the wood. When the wood then cools it will stay in its new shape. Some use a bending iron but I prefer a bending machine, which I built in 1985. It has double-thin plates which I put the sides between,
and with the help of the clamping devices I can bend the sides over the mould. I bend both sides at the same time and it takes about 20–25 minutes. Because there is heat from both plates the wood does not break. After bending the sides they go into the next mould. Here I cut the sides to length to fit. As you might have seen, the sides have a very special outline before they are bent. My guitars have a radius of 15 feet on the back and to fit this I cut the side into a tapered shape. While the sides now sit in the mould I sand them to exactly the right shape on a special disc sander with a disc that also has a radius of 15 feet. More about this when it is time to glue the braces on the back. The rosette around the soundhole is done by routing channels approximately 1,5.2 mm deep. I usually start with a channel for the abalone. I glue the abalone pieces in, let it dry, and then rout out for the black and white lining that goes on each side of the abalone. When everything is dried [overnight] I sand the top to its right thickness, in this case 2.7 mm. Then I rout out for the soundhole. The top is now ready for the bracing. Next time I will talk about the glue I use and show how I glue all the bracing with the help of a vacuum. The body will also get its binding and will be prepared to have the neck fitted. For more information on Tanglewood guitars please go to www.tanglewoodguitars.co.uk. And for my guitars please visit www.sandenguitars.com.
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FEATURE MICHAEL SANDEN CONSTRUCTION DIARY
MICHAEL SANDEN CONSTRUCTION DIARY BUILDING A GUITAR FROM THE GROUND UP: PART TWO By Michael Sanden
hoosing wood for a guitar and to then make it fit the customer’s needs can be a tricky thing. As a builder I need to listen carefully to their requirements: What kind of style does he play? Just with a pick, or does he strum with his hand, does he use fingernails or fingerpicks etc. There is a lot to consider and on top of that you are going to build a guitar that will be the guitar of his life. Over the years, as a builder you learn to listen and hopefully guide the player in the right direction. One guitar cannot do everything, but with some careful consideration you can make one that does pretty much everything. So when I tell people that 90% of the guitars we build at Sanden Guitars have Sitka spruce tops and East-Indian rosewood back and sides, they might wonder why? With all this nice wood around why not expand your palette? Well, I have tried many different woods and many different combinations, and in the end I have found that for me and the guitars we build and the way we build them, we get the best sound with those two woods. I have also along the way got some amazing wood dealers that I can rely on. This is very important, especially as the woods we use are getting harder and harder to find. Mahogany is one of those woods and I am going to talk more about that in the next article, when I start to build the neck. Now back to this guitar. As I finished off in the first article I was just going to glue the bracing and
promised to talk about the glue. For ages it has been a custom to use hide glue in instruments. But eventually as modern techniques improved many luthiers moved to newer glues that require less preparation than the traditional glues. Now as I said in the first article, I like tradition and it is very important to listen and learn from what people have done before us. But I cannot see a reason for using things that have been replaced with something that is better. I know you can get a perfect glue joint with hide glue, but so can I with the more modern glue and crucially a glue joint that holds much better. A common reason for using hide glue has been , that it is easier to take things apart if it is glued with hide glue. This is perfectly correct. But why should you want to take things apart for repairs if they don’t break and fall apart? Of course every builder has their own opinion about this and that is fine with me. I use a modern glue, an alphtic yellow glue, that dries harder and quicker than regular white glue. I use this for everything exept the inlay, for
“THERE IS A LOT TO CONSIDER, AND ON TOP OF THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BUILD A GUITAR THAT WILL BE THE GUITAR OF HIS LIFE” which I use epoxy. Another thing I love to use is a vacuum box. I use it as much as I can. First of all I use it for gluing all the bracing in the guitar. With the vacuum boxes I have made myself I get a very even pressure over the whole top or back when I glue. To be exact I get 1 kilo of pressure per square centimeter. This helps get a better balance overall in the instrument. I also use it to hold things when I sand on my sander, small blocks that
need a curve or when we saw on the table saw, and also to hold the guitar body when we sand and scrape the bindings. If I can find a new way of using the vacuum it really makes me happy. I glue the bracing in different turns, starting with the lowest and thinnest and then the X-bracing and last the bridgeplate, I then use a block of wood that is thicker than the braces so I get good pressure. Another good thing with glueing with a vacuum is that
Back and sides glued, with bracing
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it also sucks out the moisture of the glue, making it stick faster. I then leave the guitar to dry out for a day before starting work on the braces. To get the top and back to fit 100% to the side and the kerfed linnings, I glue the lining a little proud of the side. I then use a big sanding disc with a 15`radius, which is the same radius as the braces on the back have. Then when I glue everything together the fit is perfect. To get everything tight with a perfect fit is very important. This helps everything to be one unit and makes for a good sound with long sustain. We also make the brace that goes out through the lining a bit thicker than normal. The bracing goes all the way out to the side, not through it. We route out this and when it is finished, we get a very sturdy construction. The tops vibration goes straight into the side and the sides transfer it down to the back. When we have fitted both top and back together with the side, we glue everything together at the same time. This is because we bend the back a little more than normal. Our guitar differs about 15-17mm where the neck sits to the end of the body. This helps to push the sound out of the box, instead of letting it stay and rumble around inside. Because we do this big curve, if we had first glued the back on and then glued the top on we would get a guitar body that would have a bigger top than back. The back is so strong it ”opens up” the sides. So we glue everything at the same time, then it is much easier to keep control of everything. We use a lot of clamps but we do not overtighten them. We do not want to crush the sides. I wish I could find a way to use the vacuum here. We always let all gluing sit over night. Next morning we take all the clamps off and route off the extra wood around the
body. Then there is a lot of sanding. One thing that I think is very important with our guitars is the sanding of the top. When we glued and sanded the top before the bracing came on , depending on which model, the tops thickness is 2.9-2.5 mm. Then when the body is glued together I do a gradiated sanding. Because of our bridge we always sand off a little more on the base side. I feel the flex with the palm of my hand and have learned when it is just right. We also check that the curve on the top is ok and so the angle where the neck is fits is ok. After that I spray some laquer on the top and back. This makes the routing cleaner and also when we take off the tape which we have glued the bindings with, it does not pull up any woodfiber. So when the laquer is dry we route out the channels for the bindings. We only use wood bindings on our guitars. I think it looks much better and doesn’t shrink as the plastic bindings do. So now the body is finished and next time I will show you how we make the neck and fretboard. More information about our guitars go to tanglewoodguitars.co.uk or sandenguitars.com
“The craftsman possessed certain characteristics which marked him off clearly from the rest. Most importantly, he possessed a degree of skill, a combination of manual dexterity and acquired knowledge, which gave him command over his materials and tools and a high degree of control over the quality of the finished product.” Thomas Carlyle
The top bracing in place
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FEATURE MICHAEL SANDEN CONSTRUCTION DIARY
MICHAEL SANDEN CONSTRUCTION DIARY BUILDING A GUITAR FROM THE GROUND UP: PART 3 By Michael Sanden
he body of our guitar has now reached the stage where it needs a protected surface. The body has also got a mortise routed for the neck’s tenon. The whole surface has also been sanded down with 220 grit sandpaper. So now it is time to continue with the neck and the fretboard.
Everybody who plays guitar knows how a ”good” neck should feel. But to get from a raw piece of lumber to a smooth, ergonomic piece of wood is no easy thing. This isn’t the place to go into the many ways you can make a neck, I will just outline my preferred method, and how I make sure it works for my customers. When I started to make guitars 30 years ago, Honduran mahogany was available. It was good quaility and not very expensive. Today a lot of that has changed. If it is possible to get hold of Honduras mahogany it most likley isn’t from Honduras. It is probably from Sri Lanka, and I feel the quality is lacking. Nowadays I use sapele mahogany instead. This wood is a little heavier than the Honduran mahogany ( about 50 gram per neck) but I can live with this. The trade off is you get longer sustain and I compensate for the loss in volume by thinning the wood a little more. I also get very good quality with pefectly quarter sawn wood. I build my necks in the way a maker of classical guitars would. I start with a 1” thick board and cut the head at a 17 degree angle, then glue the head piece on the back side of the board. I then cut three pieces off the board at the other end, each about 6-9 cm
long. Glueing and stacking these together gives the heel. Before I go on building the neck I let it rest for at least three weeks. When I start working on the neck again I always start by planing the fretboard side to compensate for any changes in the wood. I choose to use a bolted on neck for my guitars, for a few of reasons. First I get a very stable connection between body and neck . Secondly it is easier to fit the neck to the body and third it is easier to do the finish on the instrument when the parts are not glued together. I have used this system for almost 20 years and have had no prolems with it. I have also built quite a few guitars with the more traditional dovetail joint and I cannot hear a difference in sound.
“ I ALWAYS HAVE A BACK VENEER ON MY GUITARS. THIS IS FOR STRENGTH AND LOOKS.” I have one old chair left. When I needed a workbench that was heavy, could turn 360 degrees and be able to adjust in height, well then I started to think about my barber chair. I took everything off except the bottom of the chair and rebuilt it for my new needs. Now it has a function on every side of it. On one side I can pump it up and down, on the other side I can clamp the body, for when I fit the neck, the third side has a vise with
a vacuum plate to hold the body when I route for the bindings or scrape and sand the body. The fourth side is for routing the tenon on the neck. Inside it, it now also has one of my beloved vacuum pumps. About every five years I tend to modify it in some way.
With the help of two drilled guideholes I secure the neck on my barber chair . On the top of
My old barberchair
So now it is time to start doing a lot of routing! I have not talked too much about my workshop during these articles. A big love in my workshop is my old barberchair. Back in the mists of time I used to be a barber, and
The fretboard with fret slots routed.
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the chair is a template for the router to follow. I also make sure that the neck has a two degree offset. This is because when the neck is ready and fitted to the body it should have a two degree angle to the body. When the tenon is 22 mm deep it is then time to route what I call the shoulders of the heel. To do this I have a hanging router on another workbench. With help of a jig I clamp the neck with vacuum. In two passes I route out the shape of the shoulders. Now it is time to prepare the surfaces of the head. After measuring out exactly where the breaking angle for the head is and sanded to the line, I glue a 2 mm thick head veneer on the front side. I let this dry and then sand the back side of the head. I have made a simple jig to fit my sanders end roll. I can then adjust the thickness by turning a knob. I sand the thickness to 13 mm. I always have a back veneer on my guitars. This is for strength and looks. I wet the veneer and bend it over my bending iron and then glue it in place. This has to dry over night. With the help of a ruler and sandpaper I now fit the neck. When the neck sits where I want it to be, I then drill the holes for the bolts and nuts.
All my guitars have a trussrod. I use a two way trussrod. In the beginning I only used a one way, this could only bring the neck curve back. But for some reason here in the nothern part
of Sweden, during the winter, the necks tend to bend backwards! So I learned the hard way to use a two way trussrod. I route a 6 mm slot for the trussrod to fit in. It goes all the way from the head to the top of the soundhole.
I more or less always use ebony for my fretboards. It is a very heavy and dense wood, and this means it can stand a lot of wear and tear. First I plane the back side flat, then I sand it down to approximately 8 mm. I set it up in my big jig for the table saw (this jig can take four fretboard at a time). Alongside with the jig is a ruler with slots for where I should cut. This ruler is calculated in a computer and then the slots have been routed out using a CNC machine to get 100% accuracy. I cut one slot and then lift the rod, slide the jig with the fretboards to the next slot and the cut again. When I have 22 slots I am finished. All my guitars have a zero fret, that’s why there is 22
frets, and I’ll talk more about this in the last article. Now it is time to make the radius on the fretboard. I have a 12” radius on my fretboards. This is made with a jig I have done for my sander. I hold the fretboard with vacuum (see picture) I then cut the contour of the fretboard and sand it to exact numbers. I then sand the
fretboard down using 320 grit paper and finish off with steelwool 0000. I use standard frets for acoustic guitar. I press the frets in place and use white glue in the slots, then when it is time for a refretting I heat up the frets with a soldering iron making the glue melt and this prevents the ebony from splitting. I glue the fretboard to the neck before I have given the neck its final shape. I do this because it is much easier to ”fell” the shape when everything is there. So I screw the neck on to the body, measure out where the fretboard should be and with the help of a couple of guiding nails I glue the fretboard to the neck. This has to dry over night. Next time I will talk about neck shapes and of course the last step to a complete guitar. If you want to see the finished guitar be sure to come along to The London Acoustic Guitar Show www. londonacousticguitarshow.com
For more information regarding our guitars please go to www. tanglewoodguitars.co.uk and www.sandenguitars.com
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FEATURE MICHAEL SANDEN CONSTRUCTION DIARY
MICHAEL SANDEN CONSTRUCTION DIARY PART 4 – FINISHING TOUCHES By Michael Sanden
o, we enter the end stages of construction. It’s been a long journey from the initial choices of wood, but the final prize is in sight. This guitar differs somewhat from our usual models of course, and I must say I really like the look and feel of it. Ian, the competition winner, chose a small bodied guitar with a wider neck than our standard, it also features a pinless bridge and flamed koa bindings. When it came to the inlaid ‘T’ on the 12th fret I had to do something a little extra to make this an individual Tanglewood by Sanden guitar. I used a more elaborate design, plus two extra abalone diamonds to match with the rosette. At the end of the last article
it was time for the guitar to go into the spray booth. I use a very thin layer of lamination epoxy on the back and sides as filler. I don’t use any on the top. The filler is wiped on with a sponge and allowed to dry for about 15 minutes, before the excess is wiped off. After a light sanding with 240 paper the guitar is ready for the lacquer base coat. I use a two-part lacquer which dries hard and fast. I used to use a cellulose lacquer but abandoned it after 20 years, as I found it never dried hard enough for my needs. When I changed to polyurethane I had to be careful to not lay it on too thick, about 1/10 of a millimetre suffices. On East Indian rosewood I put six or seven layers and dry sand after every coat. Then I let it dry out for a couple of days before
“ON EAST INDIAN ROSEWOOD I PUT SIX OR SEVEN LAYERS AND DRY SAND AFTER EVERY COAT. THEN LET IT DRY FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS”
The 12th fret marker inlay
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AND (Django, 5-CD box, 2000) and key attributes include: instrument, and it makes favourite songs he plays and one guitar delivering a is Tina Turner, George Harrison, explained in full the DADGAD tuning Pierre sure toelectric only aof musician ofadequate, Earlthat Klugh, who proves just what can be at best,traditional and not thing. And if you’ve followed are stained infollows, a of rich brown and guitars, as well as select brands securely in place. Hanging it in the wardrobe Supported by grumbling make these we’ll mix instruments so that’s debatable. Benmont Whilst still buzzing from and I won the Acoustic and playing Gypsy swing, which the market. Gibson guitars did not express ‘In terms future vintage classics I concur present. The Baranik Retreaux surprised spectacular Old Royal Naval College from 21st ban and proudly announced: ‘As of today, live. Simply recorded with just Nothem bunch of old favourites, and Dion and Jimmy Nail. to Project 1 Celine (Lulo, 2002) sound great. piano helped laboured lyrics. Travis’s body ofaccess work, you’d GIVES BETTER BALANCE BETWEEN turn in an amazing performance. and scratchy second his stature can – ZZ Top, John Mayer, done with nothing but anplaying amplified gut-string enhanced with a bass high-gloss fiall nish. guitars. According to Meera, the owner fiby ne allows for quick while keeping itof safe. instruments in America, together to get acommand certain was this with was a shock to me because I’d the gig, Ben Cooper (the Beautiful Days competition acoustic guitar and vocal, the few do it better or more Here, on her seventh album, an interest in his idea of a solid-body electric that the usual suspects will play a major role, everyone, both in looks and tone. I’ve 25th July (excluding Saturday 24th) to celebrate Vihuela nigger jazz is finally switched off on German Project No 2 (Lulo, 2004) Swiss manufacturer Schertler have That’s a shame, because expect aAcoustic solo album full guitar, Prine’s in ficompetition neby form Developing musical creativity Winning the The London Guitar Show Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Sonny Landreth and24BBnumbers Spanish guitar, and his short set backed a trio of course, but there bluegrass players and it was sound that we want. So include Niland’s engagingly than the Hackney she switches effortlessly from A striking new engraved inlay Guitars, it is a place for you if you share a love The swivelling grown up with this stuff . ’ OPEN AND BARRE CHORDS” Editor) and Tony Owens (of last year. 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Considerably homely environment, with comfortable sofas array of musical equipment, and over 2,500ft2 Terry playing it, I was simply stunned by sits in on the wistful, worldunique history and staged in a world-class Poland, thus heralding the start of World War move from place to place inTh Mexico delivering the fisand eld ofwith undersaddle systems. Based on pickups and preamp units, with volume, tone helping graduates exploit their all so uplifting. en Gillian luthier shops. Iflifeyou want instruments when playing truly grateful for everything a instruments wet 2000 paper. Then Imainland, buff Leaves’. Niland’s material Celtic-blues reverie that Man Walks Into Acreative Bar’), www.londonacousticguitarshow.com course (just ask Jakob Dylan, Grossman, Keb Mo’ and jazzman Earl Klugh inguitar toMaster haul ass off the and MC Bill ability AND HIS VOICE. 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Studio versions of ‘One ‘Wishfulness Waltz’ ,by Finnish tango (no, really) museum-quality baroque guitar concert shows how and Dillon’s natural poise and lack of Guitar Junction and Promenade Music with the scenes. ” says Patrick. “However, it is not among her fans – and it’s back to the bluegrass well not an original concept, if you for the release of his 11th studio album. fingerpicking and strumming – because I harmony very well indeed. tuning for “Guinevere” – that’s permanently wears down; I have never changed one with each strum. names like Stella and National will continue response to its release. With well over this, ’ he confers. ‘If I didn’t Jonsson – although it is his first acoustic album when they Good Lie’, ‘See It Fall’ and And I guess I made a choice upsetting as it is to happen its voice is subtle rather than strident. Django; that’s very important early 1960s. He also paid Ampex to build going eight years ago when toWhen beby just one guitar player provide the protection in style. £44.95 each. announced their new gig bag. The DLX is Harbour. Then they entered with a vengeance, written by her brother Jim was delivered with verve and Israeli maker Elkayam Boaz; theforunique Jackie Oates left far her burgeoning enable theofviewer to caught enjoy the music as Suzanne nature the easy to new see why. Skilled in thisgive classy collection volume 1Midnight’ of under his pseudonym, realised theyand couldn’t raise ‘Approaching willBe dates and further tours to be announced possible to dedicate the time practise aection lot. I don’t have any fear when itto on one of my guitars in the house; it’s an The forthcoming shows will see the And the aMartin capella ‘Better have aifthis way of describing zero fret yet after almost 30 years. It is By the time you read we will have to do it my way through past myalways refl now and to bewithout big. I don’t see the name 360,000 downloads in the fi rst few days to me. Some people expect I recorded my fi rst album, among thousands. We already first eight-track recorder in the mid 50s. Heour and proved to be the decisive factor in the Moray, poetically describes gusto. songwriting and musical mostly self-penned originals concept of Joe Veillette’s Gryphon High Vega’s acoustic album musical ability intended the burden of any superfluous Rachel Unthank and I’mto Kingfisher. For the anplaying album the £20,000 they needed to I play be included on a forthcoming Requinto Jarocho shortly. everyone the full tour when the order book comes my acoustic because I Ifeel insane tuning. acoustic straight, with things to myself I don’t my own capabilities. I try not seehave that I’m getting older, ’ he introduction of new material, giving fans A Maid’ sounded monetarily me to play a song by him in50s, easier to press down the string on the first exhibited at the London Acoustic Guitar it’s because their appeal lies Consider the Unthanks. when started to compose my a lot of amazing Gypsy subsiding either – the brand has an amazing the app now sits at top of the free composition, Gilmore’s latest which sound like they’ve series, you’ll know it works hosted his own radio andclinging TV shows ingetthe deluded to dreams about polar expeditions, record it‘Tree as though, anpizzazz. electric album. release, but here we defeat of Hitler and Japan. Guitars during Inevitably, itThe is has pushed her this understated elegance of the occasion 12-string; and the UK’stheown Dave King’s Winterset to pursue a solo Made insound, Veracruz, Mexico, this little istoa that I‘Isongs have to show myself when play it. This nothing done towas the although when know what I’d do… I chap always isguitar screaming at you!”. toIdirection do things I don’t want to laughs, still keep aThe young Murphy’s Heart ,a isthe a to album, been around longer than angiven well. Solid, dependable and the set, depending on where own stuff . I’ve done fi ve CDs jazz players – like Bireli a sneak preview as to Pierre sharp, or Becky’s voice didn’t fret, because the fret is round and if you Show, and this beautiful guitar in an ability to simultaneously They have iffy dress sense, history and will be trading on that for years music apps. app is free download are suitably sparse and The result is a selection of hear them previewed in a and what he achieving was unbelievable beyond limits of her native genre. Recorded isfor matched photography of romantic love inand the face Oates’ talesfrontby the4- simple period also suffered, the vast majority of ofage. Life’ classic 6-string. Th ere isthem aproclivity major or 5-string guitar tuned conventionally andof itthe seemed like aas bold, chocolate box full of flavour, Appalachian log cabin well worth theThe reworks, felt very fortunate to have do. Ialso don’t worry about album iscareer, the way Itaken write my songs. I ifwrite on a is Englands: mental ’and Istripped-down, delve itthat next time I’m gonna start using you’re playing and the age of chilly, built around Jonsson’s ten melodic, live setting. music itself in eight years now, alltointo with Lagrène the Rosenberg After discussion with some of his top use bone the end of the bone needs to be has with his new album which to Ian. I’d like to take this moment to quite find its on conjure two one repertoire of miserable songs come. ’ Gekko to any iPod touch or iPhone through across the whole spectrum ofrange musical used for single-note melody lines. As it’King’s s also in September 2009 at Belfast’s prestigious presentation, with no clever camera angles or a far grimmer reality. And as if of woe and miscellaneous metal was channelled into the war effort for global market in collecting vintage guitars the only difference being porch. His high lonesome there are engaging tales not risky, venture. Four years voice and acoustic guitar, and pop-rock songs, with a raw, is country-tinged acoustic this way of working out the sales. ’ Aside from the commercial 1954 Martin acoustic, the one I’ve got in my some effects. Good acoustic playing is about the people in the audience. original songs. ’ Trio, who are technically UK retailers, including Walter Mann, of sharp to intonate right. It also gives the congratulate Ian and again wish him all Crimson’s ‘Starless’ it just added due to be released in October. we’re glad no longer exists, and about societal injustice and not known for its volume, the requinto usually My own feeling isdoubt that long asofexamples Apple’s App Store. Celebrity include that there aren’t any left at voice intact, and offolk, children, aging femmes Grand Opera House, it’sof effectively ausers hometown media trickery to distract the viewer. The DVD inventions. I seriously there has been to cushion itas all, Oates offers states of wretchedness that the sound arock mix deeply live raggedness to their edges. familiar to fans thewhich making ofIisgot planes, ships and all kinds ofis has grown over the decades into asuperbly solid later, with three acclaimed world and what goes on, Besides remaining close pressures, being a star Sometimes I play some songs bedroom. I’ve acoustic guitars in every light and shade: using the right picking and So what’s the secret of amazing – so don’t have to asthe part of aSpringfield groupbrings playing or Nottingham based Dave Mann Music (who thebetter end that no one likes. Rowan’s surrounded himself fatales, goddesses, queens, guitar balance between open and the best, and I appears hope guitar him their authenticity and the another that secretly pray personal loss, and - itand must be The tour promises to remind UK of the amazing array of guitars that have rooted folk music quirky The Isaac’s Aircraft sound istidy, Buffalo orunison Jackson : front Sammy Hagar, Luis Fonsi, and Chad gig in of devoted local audience, and isperson and there’s awhat meagre three-part another who did he did during ato nicely restrained in wry, crown the act.we Itpackaging isStephen expertly ordnance. That’s why you see guitars made and sustainable market. Some vintage guitars albums and aawe clutch ofmost more or less, to myself with CSN (David, and hasdo got to be ofIthave the by him and sometimes Iand don’t, good songwriting? He muses: ithas because enough room theone house, even the kitchen. Since strumming stylecounterpoint over the orline back From the big, choir-style with heavyweight friends, fisoundhole gures. neighbourhood girls, unhappy modern synthetic elements, built around athe central core Browne. Jeff sings lead been instrumental in the plan and the barre chords. is much easier and quicker much pleasure. packed house loved it just the still might. On one hand said -of they hit more than their fans why Bensusan is recognised their palpable sense of goodwill creates the ‘bonus feature’ of the same uninspiring fly-on-thebeen made over the years survive, and Kroeger. their lifetime into the music-related industries. tongue-in-cheek, Pam judged – in theby hands of a I It depends during the war years containing wooden have been reaching astronomical prices over clapping of ‘Love’s The including Del McCoury, Ricky nominations and awards wives, honest men andacoustic others too. Th ere’s aAyreskind Graham attended Jackson’s coveted jobs ever conceived. but people tell me afterwards ‘Well, Ipiano play every daythe and people like that who are good including the odd ambient bird of acoustic guitar, vocals and plays the about 2004 the guitar has become my main the bridge. what you’re after. to of sign up) the idea evolved. The aim isand tofirst change aoff zero fret than to make a new To rest of you I just want to say, same. This is folk music after all, the Unthanks sing of young fair share notes. Still, you throughout the world as one of the energy and atmosphere in which real musicians wall film of Dillon and Lakeman on the day of the new models, designs and makers keep The app includes a chromatic tuner that Greatest Instrument’, to the Skaggs and Tim O’Brien, to unsung heroes and soldiers. Even today, if you listen to some of his early Cuatro style introductions. less accomplished performer chirp. The lyrics deal with love, drums bass adding guitar. Hank Linderman and of independence involved tailpieces and parts that would normally have Hall show this summer Butplayers. forthe Browne, there has few years, and as farAlbert as acoustics areand behind her, Oates has amply that they don’t it because try towith find new things. You ’ past instrument. I’m known for my bass playing The perfect acoustic player to me ismiss Pete beauty she isLike (the guitar asbut well as my wife). Acoustic is delighted to announce thedeliver toloss, get select groups of potential customers nut and you get exactly the same string keep on reading the Acoustic magazine dark, bluesy ‘Teach Me To help aurgency down-home flourish. Dillon’s gorgeous singing voice doesn’t concert accompanied by three different songs. not Western Dance Swing. Often just accompanied by women destroyed bypushing life down could say much the same of foremost innovators and composers the boundaries of guitar genres, and shipwrecks and isolation. rhythm and to the Jeddrah Schmit provide the tracks notes as you play them, a standard a ukelele in that it has four strings and is recordings you can’t help be amazed It might be a little early in where you can say, “Th is is such songs might come over my style is also swing, mixed can do it if you play‘Catfi every day. Thconcerned, at said, his been crafted from metal. Isolo dread to think how itfamous doesn’t like subsiding. Even justified the move, proving with Deep Purple and as alook artist, but I’m Townshend. I and come from that kind ofare school; Be Bad’, to the emotionally acoustic delight. crisp acoustic guitar, Vega’s Standout tracks include the faster If iswatch you like electric guitar and backing The fish nish woods used superb. winner of the Freshman FA400GAC: Stephen disappoint, and her all-acoustic backing band isnumbers. This otherwise a tone good-value package, so watch height had before. and for the competition, it along to Oswestry, sodid that they could not There may be pubs up dismissed by fools as a fl novelty instrument, theunremittingly Barnsley coal mines; of out Bob Dylan and itbeen never him ofyou acoustic music. guitarists keep playing and experimenting metronome which allows you to choose a dusty what Inext believe, ”tape and people by his guitar playing and early echo with Latin –to amenco, bossa her career start bandying as miserable. I’ve listened many guitar predecessor has acan solid many fine musical instruments were destroyed herself to bluesy be a discerning through global downturns in the fi nancial at one with both and I hold my own with I’m not afraid to give it a good old bash!’ painful ‘That’s How The Blues’ is ato gem, while voice, seasoned by the years, short instrumental the catchy songwriting of the vocals. Standout moments the cuatro requires dexterity and restraint to tight, supportive and pretty much note-perfect the concert instead and enjoy the sights and I am a member of folk band Mitres Well Swoff er. Here’s what Stephen had to say I do not understand why not more might be you who will win the next time! only see the whole PJE process but could north featuring this kind of hapless husbands hauled off any harm. with new styles and techniques, then that specifi c tempo, or it can be set by tapping totireless listen to toittrack, make Love Gets In’, Gilmore there’s even aaGillian Welch/ and tango. Keeping fresh sounds better than ever. It’s players. like cook, I steal presence in Lulo’s life since effects. Without Les’s dedication and around terms likeit‘national But her I’m agile, silvery vocals ‘Arctic Too Majestic aforementioned Zutons, you playhave include the opening ‘I is both instruments, although gonna be collector ofFox rare gems anI’m not during this war, not toand mention the many fine markets, guitars have performed better on properly. Handled correctly, its tone cuts throughout, with the three guitarists (including sounds of real live music. 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Also ensemble with great sweetness. solid-body electric guitar would enjoyed hand, perhaps a long-term make fine work of laying bare I’m an acoustic guitar player along the lines of www.bccommunion.com my own capabilities. Iindividual try not to do things IbeBritain, into the bargain. selling many of the world’s luthiers’ tyranny. However, guitarists like Django and varied subject matter. confi dently brings the oldareGood especially impressive. Gareth L Powell and the lonely but upbeat Lie’. and colour. The music itself is athe of traditional Graham Hazelwood Friday 21st Acoustic Festival of Great Uttoxeter inand the fret. This leaves itvideos, about 2/10 www.tanglewoodmasterdesign.com system will used inof the studio. I’ve tried so you can imagine what I mix thought when giving itthe appeal, there’s instruments. ideas. ’ unusual sunk with hands. 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I don’t worry about album Saturday 22nd Haverhill Arts Centre, Suff olk of a mm higher then the rest of the frets. www.tanglewoodguitars.co.uk Guitarra paella del costa del sol Teri Saccone it through my Marshall acoustic amp and it she told me that Acoustic Magazine had Live In Melbourne is out nobody else in the frame. last week; he’s been following There is no charge for the tour and lunch guitar players. But my other hand, they offer a stage Unthanks home turf it hasn’t a meaty musical journey. date. 2010. www.imkingfisher.com Gareth L Powell that may makeentirely you smile! product announcements, endorsee news. Blues –is or Dave Matthews, he’s a perfect out–of place. Paul Brett without ever into double Mike Cosgrove’s ItGareth abass, well-laid-out site, with both visual and Nazi patronage. Imake wrote the following earlier, instepping (Stop foolingInfo: around Ed.) www.play.com www.compassrecords.com www.suzannevega.com Just enough to the strings go free. 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