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Building of New Instruments:

Rob has built several instruments, namely a violin, several classical and steel string accoustics, several electrics and a F-hole jazz guitar, which he uses for gigging purposes from time to time.

He is presently building a OOO size accoustic steel string with a solid sitka spruce top, solid Indian rosewood back and sides, solid mahogany neck with an ebony fingerboard.

He uses a variety of 1st grade kiln dried woods and procures his woods locally or overseas.
The woods he uses for soundboards are generally:
sitka spruce, engelman spruce, western red cedar.

Neck woods are generally mahogany or maple. Back and sides can vary between Indian rosewood, Honduran rosewood,African blackwood, Bulainga, Coco bolo, Canadian cypress and spanish cypress, mahogany and koa.

Several other wood species are available. The most cost effective woods are mahogany and rosewoods in the lower grades, which can still turn out fantastic instruments.
There are many fingerboard woods available as are there a variety of tuning machines and bridges etc.

Styles of Instruments Built:

  • OOO auditorium size steel string acoustics

  • Dreadnought style

  • Ukeleles in various sizes

  • Jumbo steel string accoustics

  • Torres style classical guitars

  • All guitars with or without cut-aways

Prices start at approx R16 000 for a guitar, subject to wood selection.

Rob keeps the finish on his instruments to a minimum to enhance the projection and tone of the instrument, as his philosophy is that he would rather play a guitar with "great" tone but with basic finish than an overdressed instrument that has "good" tone.

Overdresssed finishes and too much laquer can sometimes kill the tone and projection of an instrument.

000 Auditorium acoustic guitar

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