The Northwest model is a synthesis of elements crafted to create the highest level of tone and playability. Every aspect has been carefully designed to inspire the highest level of musicianship.
The guitar is offered in a variety of wood combinations, including Sitka/East Indian Rosewood, Red Cedar/Walnut, and more, and can be customized with a full suite of options. Wood choice, rosette design, scale length, tuning machines, binding and purfling, inlay, headstock veneers, etc. can all be specified. All details relating to player setup (string spacing, action, fingerboard radius, string tension, etc.) are customized in conjunction with the voicing of the top to create the most responsive instrument for a players preference.
With materials and design deeply influenced by the Oregon forests, this instrument uses exclusively two local woods. Doug fir, with excellent tonal properties, is a newcomer as a soundboard wood, and walnut is being more appreciated for backs and sides. Both are widely available in high quality. This guitar establishes the excellent results of doug fir used as a tonewood.
Visually, a subtle and detailed aesthetic is obtained by using only two woods. The trim and inlay details match the subtle look of the instrument. The stunning abalone inlays honor the fir tree and the walnut branch.
The legacy of the dreadnaught as the steadfast leader in popularity of steel string guitars is legendary. With a large soundbox, comfortable playing setup, and a full tonal range, the instrument deserves it's rich heritage.
My dreadnaught design is inspired by some of the classic instruments, but with a more modern, Northwest-school influenced curvature. If you are seeking the traditional full boomy bass of a dreadnaught, request X-bracing, and perhaps a cedar top for even more mid- and lo- richness.
For celtic or fingerstyle, consider my personal hybrid bracing system, which brings out treble clarity and sustain often lacking in the boomier dreadnaught instruments. Spruce is a classic choice for topwood. Also available is my new favorite, douglas fir, which will add depth and brilliance to the sound.
209 S Anderson St.
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Current wait time on orders is roughly 6-8 months. I am accepting orders for the models you see on this site, as well as custom and hybrid instruments. You can get an idea about what I might build based on the work pictured, but I am always willing to pursue additional avenues, so don't hesitate to ask!
Base price for guitar and oud is $4000, for bouzouki $3500. Once you decide to order, I accept a $500 deposit, with the balance due upon completion. All prices include a custom case. Flight cases are available by request for an additional charge, and required for international shipping.