• Recently I started a series about wood that's used for guitar building. I'm gonna cover some interesting aspects and ideas there but now I guess it's time to say something about the guitar I'm building. The choice of wood may not be surprising: it's pine. So, why did I decide to go with pine wood? Many guitar builders and luthiers say that pine is just a piece of shit and shouldn't ever be used as a material for guitar body. Although their explanation is usually full of "wisdom" it's simply not true. I'll cover that in details in one of my future posts but for now let me say just that: there are many different kinds of pine and some

    Jun 13,
    - by adam
  • I wouldn't be myself if I started this "showcase" with any other guitar. Don't ask me please why I do like that one so much. You never know why you fall in love. This is the case. Gretsch is an American company that has been around for over 130 years. Founded by German immigrant at first Gretsch manufactured drums and tambourines. They were also building banjos so the way from there to their first guitar wasn't very long. The real raising of the Gretsch company started in 1916 when Friedrich Jr, who was the son of the founder, moved his workshop to Brooklyn in New York. He quickly built a solid reputation of a decent guitar maker and gain a

    May 31,
    - by adam
  • It's not a big secret that the resonance is one of the most important factors that affect the sound of guitar. Where does it come from? Is the wood really that significant? The term says it all: "tone wood". For ages luthiers were on their never ending mission to find the "Holy Grail" of all wood. I'd say that would be hard to name any single kind of wood that's never been used to build instrument. The questions is: did they found it finally? Nearly every guitar maker brags about the wood used as a base material for their instruments. That's understandable, given that it's commonly recognized as the factor most relevant to the sound of the guitar. The other

    May 31,
    - by adam
  • I may be full of feelings and even romantic but the guitar won't build itself. It always start with ideas and it's time to make these ideas alive. Pretty much everbody builds first diy electric guitar as a Telecaster clone. I'm not sure why is that so. Is it because it seems to be easy to cut out? Or is it just about its legendary tone and "playability"? Yes, I'm gonna build one too but not this time. I've decided that my very first guitar cannot be a clone in any way. Sure, there are inspirations taken from here and there, including Telecaster. But in case I screwed up I wouldn't be able to look at myself in a mirror.

    May 30,
    - by adam
  • "Today Martha was born" - I wrote here. It's not that hard to guess that "Martha" is the name I gave to my first hand build DIY guitar. The question is however: why? There was a few Marthas in my life. I met some girls of that name but none of them is the reason. They all were fantastic and I'm sure they wouldn't mind if I used that name to honor them. That's not the case though. You see, along with my first attempts to play a guitar came a music discovery. I found out about Tom Waits and immediately became fascinated. The last song on his first album (side A of the vinyl issue) is a beautiful piece

    May 25,
    - by adam