Models

The Teagan

Teagan (pronounced Tay-gun) is Scot's Gaelic for Little Poet or Little Bard. I designed this new guitar from the ground up focusing on great playability and great tone. My original idea was to design this guitar for song writing. From the start; the Teagan has quickly proven to be a great stage guitar as well. It is larger than a parlor guitar with a surprising big sound and is exceptionally playable! The Teagan has quickly become my most popular guitar! If you visited me at any shows or festivals in 2014 or 2015; this is the guitar that everyone was raving about. Standard Flat peghead (also available for upgrade to slotted peghead). Lightweight, Full of tone, Well Balanced and Hard to put down!

Starting at $2400


The Arwen

This is another of my new models I designed for 2014.

I chose the name Arwen from watching an episode of the Midsomer Murders where and aancient celtic rune stone (the Arwen) plays a part. This guitar has a great sound and is an excellent fingerstyle as well as sturmming instrument. It is slightly bigger than the average 00 guitar and smaller than the average 000 size. The Arwen has a surprisingly big voice and is now the largest guitar I commonly build.

Starting at $2400

The Fayern

New for 2014 - Now in it's fourth year!

Fayern (pronounced Fay-yearn) is Scot's Gaelic for Fairy.

I desgined this new tenor size ukulele from the ground up with an emphasis on tone and playability. This quickly became my number one ukulele model in the last two years. This ukulele is full of tone with great harmonics and fantastic balance. If you visited me at any festivals or shows during 2014-2015; this is the ukulele everyone was so excited about. I have retired my other tenor models (including the grand tenor) because of this instrument! The Fayern is my personal favorite ukulele to play.

Starting at $975


The Wishart Celtic Mandolin

This is another of my new original instruments for 2014.

I named this one after Janet Wishart who was tried for witchcraft during the Scottish Witch hunt of 1597. Wishart was convicted of Sorcery and sadly burned at the stake. She was accused of casting multiple cantrips (spells) including several that caused bad dreams via the use of a cat. One of her cantrips was reputed to bewitch someone with music.

Fun Fact: What is the difference between a blue grass mandolin and a Celtic Mandolin? Blue grass mandolins are shaped more like a shallot and have a shorter scale. Celtic Mandolins are shaped more like an onion amd often have a slightly longer scale and slightly wider string spacing.

I also make a Wishart Tenor Mandola for you CGDA fans.  It is the same shape but scaled up for the tuning.

Starting at $1650



The Martini Time Soprano Ukulele

My second most popular ukulele. This to me is the quintessential soprano size ukulele. I based the shape on a 1925 Pennsylvania style soprano and used my own bracing pattern which gives this little ukulele great tone and balance. 350mm scale length. Neck joined at the 12th fret. I now make this model with a 0 fret. Lightweight, Beautiful Music box like tone, This soprano is a real instrument and doesn't sound like a toy! Great balance.

Starting at $550


The Bard Classical Guitar

I have made classical instruments based on Hauser, Fleta, Torres, Bouchet, Lacote, Panormo, and a few others. I am excited to announce my own model in the Fall of 2012. I prefer building with natural timber rosettes (mesquite wood shown) as opposed to the more common dyed wood tiled rosettes. It is my preference to build classical instruments with cedar tops. I usually build my instruments with Texas Mesquite bridges and fingerboards (shown with ebony upgrade). I use contrasting wood bindings (upgrade Texas Mesquite shown) and endgraphs. I prefer a slightly shorter scale length of 642mm but can build at the more standard 650mm or even 660mm concert scale length if requested.

Starts at $3200


The Wishart Celtic Bouzouki

This is another of my new original instruments for 2014.

I named this one after Janet Wishart who was tried for witchcraft during the Scottish Witch hunt of 1597. Wishart was convicted of Sorcery and sadly burned at the stake. She was accused of casting multiple cantrips (spells) including several that caused bad dreams via the use of a cat. One of her cantrips was reputed to bewitch someone with music.

This one has a 628mm scale length and is available with a pin bridge or floating bridge and tale piece. I also use this body to make my Wishart Citterns which feature a 512mm scale length.

Starting at $2650


The Guitare Francais

A romantic era (19th Century) guitar in the manner of Renee Lacote. Release your inner Fernando Sor! Great tone and extremely light weight. A wonderful guitar for a steel string player who is venturing into nylon strings and doesn't want to sound like everyone else. This is the correct style instrument to play the 19th century romantic guitar Composers like Sor, Corelli and Tarrega to name a few.

Starting at $2950

The Renaissance Guitar

My 4 course Renaissance Guitar with tied frets and a scale length of 550mm. Standard cut rosette (upgrade incised and inlayed rosette with parchment shown on right). Strung with La Bella brand Renaissance guitar strings and nylon tied frets. My standard finish for this instrument is an oil varnish (upgrade French Polish shown on left). I usually brace for Course 4 as an octave, course 3 as and 2 as unisons, and course 1 being a single chantrel. braced for re-entrant tuning of either gCEA or  fBDG (gut).

Starting at $3200

The Jacob Concert Ukulele

A special model of ukulele I designed and made for my son when he wanted to learn ukulele. This instrument is made with a Spanish Heel in the manner of the great Granada guitar makers. It has lovely tone and is available as a special order only and no more than one will be made per year to keep it special.

$950

The Sojourner Guitar

Sojourner noun \ˈsō-ˌjərner, sō-ˈ\ a traveler or temporary resident. From Old French Sojourner, based on Latin sub- ‘under’ + late Latin diurnum ‘day’. The Sojourner is the name of the travel guitar model I designed back in 2010. This model is available as a special order only. Shown with upgrade fancy figured maple and mesquite bindings and rosette.

Starting at $2800

The Seanntaidh

Late Medieval/Early Renaissance Citole

Pronounced /ʃãũNdɪ/ is Scot's Gaelic for antique. Fun and mysterious.

I reversed engineered this model from studying the Cantigas Manuscript. Consider an upgrade to modern metal frets and friction pegs for a super easy instrument to play with a great historical vibe. Braced for Re-entrant tuning gCEA. Available with incised lute style rosette as upgrade. Special order only.

Starting at $1250


The "Twain" Romantic Era Guitar

The Twain is a late 1840's - Early 1850s Size 3 based on a CF Martin. I am a big fan of Mark Twain. He learned guitar from his sister who was an instructor and acquired a used 1840's Martin guitar that he took with him on all his travels around the world. This one is based on measurements from an original belonging to one of my customers. My customer entrusted their original to me for some repairs and very graciously offered to let me measure it for patterns to make my own. This guitar is so much fun to play and is great if you want to play Americana or Cowboy tunes. Are you a reenactor? Time to put away the dreadnaught and go "old school". They are hard to put down! The original of this guitar would have been strung with gut. I like the La Bella Folk Singer strings (The ones Willie Nelson uses on Trigger) and brace especially for them. Fan bracing as original. Lightweight, impossibly fun to play, small by today's standards but period correct size. Surprisingly full tone and volume.

Starting at $2600