June 27, 2014

Lydia Mendoza and Her Acosta 12 String

Much of my appreciation of old instruments comes from listening to old recordings, seeing old photos of the musicians and asking the question, “What are they playing?”  The harder the instrument is to identify the better (I especially appreciate instruments that were built in small shops).  I then start digging and begin a process which a buddy calls “guitarcheology”, trying to find out as much as I possibly can about the instrument and the people who built it. I then […]
April 25, 2014

A Manifesto on Domestic Woods

When I started building guitars I was very enthusiastic about using domestic woods.  The first guitar that I made had white oak back and sides, wood that came from a farm not far from my house, a maple neck and fingerboard, and a red spruce top. I had salvaged the maple from an old beam in a barn that I had worked on.  I used white oak for the first half dozen guitars that I made.  It’s fantastic wood.  It […]
February 8, 2014

A Whole Bunch of Guitars

I have been a bit negligent of the blog, but nevertheless busy in the shop.  I figured rather than write a post with a specific subject, the best way to catch up would be to post photos of some of the work I’ve done since the last post.  So here goes: Numero Uno:  Here’s a nice little 14 Fret Anunziata that I made for my friend Jack Klatt.  Jack is a great guitar player and singer/songwriter from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He’s […]
April 30, 2013

The Many Faces of Loretta

Fraulini was my grandmother Angelina’s maiden name.  There were seven sisters in the family and I have named a model after each one of them.  My great Aunt Loretta was the baby of the family and is the last surviving sister.  She is in her 90’s and doing well.  She always gives me a hard time that the model that bears her name is the “cheapest”, but I like to remind her that it is also the most petite and […]
March 7, 2013

First batch of 2013

I recently finished the first batch of guitars for the new year.  It was a fun group, Gibson inspired more than anything.  I’ve really been getting into the hand rubbed sunbursts of some of the early Gibsons and got to try my hand at it again. The most unique of the bunch was a seven string that I made for my friend Adam Kiesling.  Adam is a great musician in Minneapolis.  He mentioned to me a while back that he […]
November 17, 2012

New Logo & T-Shirts

The great artist Robert Crumb just drew a new logo for me which has a portrait of my grandmother, Angelina Fraulini-Cambio.  I just had some100% cotton, U.S.A. made t-shirts printed with the new logo and they are available while supplies last.  $20 plus shipping.  Sizes from Small to XXL.  Any color you’d like, as long as that color is black.  Send me an email if you are interested: todd at fraulini.com.      
August 21, 2012

Guitars (and banjo) For Sale

I’ve been going through some of my old guitars and have decided to sell off a few.  Please contact me if you’re interested or if you have questions todd at fraulini.com.   1920’s Stella Concert Guitar – This is the first Stella that I’ve seen with this type of bridge.  The bridge was likely made in Germany, along with the inlays and purfling.  I’ve had this guitar for a number of years.  The original bridge had been broken at the […]
August 7, 2012

12 String Sets

I just received a shipment of fresh 12 string sets in light and heavy from the good folks at La Bella.  The Mari family has been making strings for a couple hundred years and they know their stuff. The heavies are my standard sets which I’ve been using for a while.  They are great for getting a Leadbelly sound.  The lighter sets were put together by Frank Basile and myself for more of a McTell sound.  They have a certain […]
July 24, 2012

Hand Rubbed Sunburst

I’ve been curious about sunbursts for some time, but have had a few obstacles in my way.  For starters the guitars that I normally make don’t always seem suitable for sunburst.  Second, since I don’t spray my finishes, I French polish, I’m not really set up to spray a sunburst.  Third, a lot of sunbursts don’t really do it for me. For the most part, the bursts I like are the very early ones, especially early Gibsons, when Orville still […]
July 1, 2012

Chitarra Battente

I have a love for Italian music, which has become more intense over the past few years.  In addition to collecting Italian 78 rpm records, I’ve been listening to more Italian folk music and my interest in traditional instruments like the friscalettu (cane whistle), zampogna (Italian bagpipes), and the chitarra battente has continued to grow.   Much of what I’ve learned about traditional Italian music has been passed along by my friend David Marker.  David is an Italian American who […]