In his new book, The Guitar Behind Dylan and Cohen, we learn that the only guitar in Ron’s collection is a handmade, 1959 Gretsch Country Gentleman. Handmade guitars have gained renewed interest, even among the younger generation, as this handmade guitar project photo collection shows.
Handmade Guitar Project
He may be a chemical engineer, but his first passion is music. Andrew Singer has been playing guitar since he was a young teenager and dreamed of, one day, crafting his own guitar.
Just a few months ago, Andrew made his dream a reality.
It only took 70 hours of research to prepare these sketches. When you have passion and determination, however, any sacrifice is worth it. Next, the real fun began.
That’s a solid piece of mahogany, if you’re wondering. According to GuitarPlayer.com, “Used on its own, mahog-any’s characteristic tone is warm and somewhat soft, but well balanced with good grind and bite. There is usually good depth to the sound, with full but not especially tight lows, and appealing if unpronounced highs.”
One big hint, if you’re going to undertake a handmade guitar project: do not cut the wood to the exact size you want the finished guitar to be. There’s too much room for error and not enough room to sand down the edges. It would be a shame to let a beautiful piece of mahogany, and your hours of work, go to waste.
That said, a belt sander could eat your knuckles alive. Be careful!
To get the full range of tones, Andrew incorporated 3 types of wood in his final guitar body: Mahogany, Maple, and Walnut. When choosing woods, it’s important to understand how they can work together to provide the best sound experience and a lifetime of enjoyment.
Fast forward to the finished product: a beautiful, handmade guitar that will last this young musician his lifetime.
For more details on this project including all of the technical details, check out Andrew’s full photo journal. “This was one heck of a journey,” Andrew said recently. “I never thought it would be this much work, but it was so worth it. Including design, building, and finishing, it was about 200 hours of work.. Will I build more guitars? I don’t know, not for a while…”
What about you? Are you ready to make your own guitar? It’s a labor of love, passion, and determination for sure. When done the right way, the end result is a work of art, both visually and musically.
Don’t believe us that one handmade guitar would be enough to last a lifetime? Then you’ve never heard to story of The Guitar Behind Dylan and Cohen. One master musician, one handmade guitar, many legends. Don’t miss out on your chance to read the full story today.