Dec 28, 2016

Guitar Transformation Pics (Before & After)

DIY guitar before and after
"Blondie" - Scrap Partscaster
There's something eminently satisfying about a good "before and after" shot of something that you've worked very hard on.  

With that in mind, I find these pictures extremely satisfying, and hope that you too will find it at least a little bit cool, and that I may assert dominance by demonstrating some degree of luthiery competence :p

DIY guitar before and after
"Sienna" - 335 Kit

More after the break:

Dec 21, 2016

Semi Hollow Guitar Kit Demo Riff

While this may be a bit of a teaser since it's coming before the rest of the writeup documenting the build, here's a quick improv riff to demo the tone (and feedback!) of this semi hollow with just two strings.

Dec 20, 2016

DIY Semi Hollow 335 Guitar Kit Built Part I

Warning: in-depth walkthroughs and lots of pictures ahead!

I recently bought my first unfinished guitar kit online and have been working intensely on it over the past couple days, now it's time to go back and evaluate what worked and what didn't, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and help you decide if one of these kits is a good idea for you as well.

Typically the first advice more experienced guitar builders give is to not cheap out on the initial parts and the wood.  Oops.  $100 semi-hollow from eBay?  Challenge accepted.

Dec 18, 2016

Free Christmas Tabs for Classical Guitar

The First Noel Classical Guitar Christmas Tabs

Have a very classical Christmas with these three tunes!  I came across the works of Kevin Gallagher and was so happy with these arrangements, I formatted the tablature into cleanly printable pages for convenience, and hope everyone might enjoy as well.

Silent Night Classical Guitar Christmas Tabs

If you like the arrangements, check out Kevin's site at and feel free to donate to help him out.  If you appreciate the formatting and wouldn't have come across these pieces otherwise, stick around my blog for a while longer, make yourself comfortable; more good stuff is still to come.

Dec 12, 2016

"Take Five" guitar cover

My abridged cover of this jazz classic - my jazz playing might not be up to scratch, but I do like the sound that I'm getting with just the "Les Plywood" into a Vox practice amp.