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SHOWCASE Builder
The LSP-HNR-SA
Hollow Neck Parlor
Resonator.

models evolved
and by about the
third generation,
i n add it ion to
solidbodies, I was
exploring the sonic
benefits of chambered bodies and
necks. A hollow neck
imparts an amazingly
warm, round, vocal quality to the tone, and variations
of woods and pickups obviously
widen the options even further.

guitars and the
coolness of their voices.
So, if I have the ability to combine those two
passions and build cool pieces of art - sculptures
that sing - why wouldn't I?
Early on, were you making designated/
production instruments, or strictly custom
builds?

From the beginning, I've focused on clientspec custom instruments, but also created
designs that could be further developed. The

Talk about their aesthetic; your work
has a definite throwback appeal, but isn't
like anything else.

The look and vibe of the instruments are
an important part of our designs. They're
intended to reflect a vintage coolness and
familiarity while offering something new
and unique. But at the heart of the build is
how each sounds; the search for compelling,
inspiring voicings is always at the top of the
list. Every instrument is carved from a solid

block of tone wood, so resonance and sustain
are natural by-products.
What spurs your creativity?

That varies, but recently it has focused on
the hour-glass shape and slotted headstock of
classic parlor guitars. To add tonal options, I've
equipped some of my guitars with spun-brass
or aluminum resonator cones. Blending an
acoustic pickup on the cone with a single-coil
or humbucker at the neck adds cool, raw, rootsy
colors to the sound palette.
Which is your most-recent model?

The Legacy, which is very retro-looking and
geared to a lower price point.
What are some details that set your instruments apart from others?

We want them to have the vibe of experienced
veterans, while being visually and tonally new
- well-worn and comfortable with modern
electronics and components. Many have handrubbed tung oil and paste-wax finishes. Clients
have pushed us to creative projects ranging
from challenging component mods to custom
enclosures for one-of-kind digital instruments
to a 13-string lap steel.
Do you work alone in the shop?

I do design and the physical building. Claudia
is fine-artist/painter, but also helps manage the
business and supports sales. My brother, Rob,

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