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March 22, 2010

Birch 12 String

For the most part, I try to build my guitars like the old ones, but standards and expectations have changed a lot since the old days and I think that in order to sell guitars, the workmanship has to be a lot cleaner than it was in the old days. Not that I judge my guitars by the same standards as some of the small and medium shops of the day. When I look at a lot of the stuff […]
March 9, 2010

So Long Pop.

After a long battle with cancer, my Father, Orlando Dominic Cambio, a.k.a. Champ, a.k.a. Fred, passed away on February 11th. He spent his last month in hospice, at his home, with is family providing much of the care. Three days before he died, he and my mom celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. My father was a brilliant man. He spent most of his life working as a mechanical engineer. He had 14 patents granted in his name and another 7 […]
January 20, 2010

Finish

I’ve been in the process of finishing guitars and have been thinking a lot about finishes lately, so I thought it would be appropriate to write a little on the subject. I’ll try not to get too geeky or technical. Finishing is the most tedious part of the guitar building process and I’d consider it the most frustrating. It seems like, at any moment, things could go terribly wrong. That’s one way to look at it. You can also look […]
January 12, 2010

New Craig Ventresco CD

I’m always excited when I hear that my friend Craig Ventresco has released a new recording as he is one of my all time favorite guitar players. Imagine my excitement to hear that his latest CD, “Craig Ventresco Plays the Guitar”, features a guitar I made for him a year ago. Finally a chance to hear him put it through the paces! Craig is probably best known for playing guitar on the soundtrack to the film Crumb. He should be […]
November 18, 2009

Guitar Ad

I’ve always been fascinated by old instrument catalogs and ads, and have wanted to create something similar for the guitars that I’ve made. There were several challenges that stood in the way of the project, first I suppose was making all the guitars and then getting pictures of them. Second was finding someone to take on the task, as I’m not that savvy when it comes to that type of thing. My buddy Jimmy Burns from Vermont, in addition to […]
October 21, 2009

Eventful summer

I’ve had a full and busy summer and haven’t been too good about updating the blog. Sorry about that. I made a conscious decision at the beginning of the summer that I was going to try to make the most of it, spend a lot of time with my family and outdoors. Now that the weather is turning colder and the days are getting shorter, I’m sure I’ll be better about sitting down to record what’s been going on. I […]
May 6, 2009

9 String

A few years ago my friend Mike Ammons and I were looking at the liner notes to the very excellent CD of minstrel tunes, Good For What Ails You, on the Old Hat label, and Mike asked me “What kind of guitar is that?”, commenting on a picture of Daddy Stovepipe. I hadn’t really looked at the picture that closely as there are plenty of odd things going on, a musician in a top hat posing next to a recording […]
May 3, 2009

Celebrating Five Years of Self Employment

This weekend I celebrated five years of making my living solely as a guitar maker. I’ve been making and repairing them for much longer than that, but I made the leap from a nice cozy, secure construction job, for a life as a luthier. From a financial standpoint, it probably wasn’t the smartest move in the world, but I’m healthier and happier for it and I’ve been able to pursue my passion. The task would not have been possible without […]
April 21, 2009

A Tenor Guitar for Hank Sapoznik

My friend Hank Sapoznik presented me with the challenge of making a tenor guitar a little while back. I was not very familiar with the instrument and the role that it played in the music that Hank played. Hank is a fantastic 5 string banjo player and plays both claw hammer and classic three finger style for old time, hillbilly music, as well as a variety of rags. He primarily uses the tenor when he’s playing Klezmer. I wasn’t really […]
March 4, 2009

A Guitar for Mike Seeger

I recently had the honor of making a guitar for one of my musical heroes, Mike Seeger, . I can’t say enough good things about Mike. He’s a fantastic player, scholar and historian. In addition to being the first person to record Elizabeth Cotten, and the person who tracked down Doc Boggs, Mike is one of the people who made the world at large aware of old time traditional music, as well as Bluegrass. As a member of the New […]