Music & Other Stuff
I'll explain a little further my process in creating the instruments, but for more detailed info please contact me via email and I will do my best to answer in a timely way.
First, I try to use as much recycled stuff as I can find. The guitars are broken, discarded, or unused and find their way to me. The resonator cones are created from either aluminum cookware (as thin as possible), or very thin sheet brass which I have altered to form a cone. For hardware, I shop at my local ACE, but some parts are best purchased through sources like Stewart McDonald or Luthier Mercantile Inc., both great sources for any guitar or stringed instrument building.
About the sound. They are not a National guitar. If you are looking for a National, you have to buy a National. Each of these guitars has it's own unique sound which makes sense given each is a compilation of materials. They are not as loud as a traditional resonator guitar, more like a standard Steel String guitar, but with a shorter sustain in tone, banjo-like but more metallic with a bit of rasp to them. I also think they have a really nice naturally occurring acoustic re-verb sound. They sound like old recordings from the 1920's - 30's. When I listen to Son House playing his guitar, or Bayless Rose on "Frisco Blues" or Original Blues", both recorded in the 30's, I think of my guitars. I believe they could be exactly the sound someone may desire for their own musical projects. I don't think of them as an everyday instrument, but one that is used for a certain song(s).
The art of it. Because the guitars I start with were originally a discard, they are often made from inexpensive materials and the construction may be dubious. That could be why someone thought it not worthy of a "fix up" investment and instead let it go. That's where someone's toss away becomes my treasure. I have a lot of fun reconstructing the original guitar and do my best to turn them into a solid and one of a kind playable art instrument. The finished guitar reflects my passion for music, art, and woodworking. Each one is fun to create and brings new discoveries. I hope you find them as interesting to look at, as well as to listen and play!
Pricing. Are you interested in what they may cost? Well, you should probably contact me, as it depends a lot on the cost of my materials for a specific instrument. I believe in making them affordable, so they start between $500 and $600 U.S. (not including shipping), which I think makes them very accessible to most people.
Sound samples to come soon!