May 15, 2012

Paul Geremia Shop Concert

This Saturday, March 19th, we’ll be having a shop concert featuring Paul Geremia.  There will be plenty of other musicians including Catfish Stephenson and the Five Points Serenaders.  Come one come all.  See the shop and hear some great music.  Festivities start at 7:30.      
May 8, 2012

Eight Year Anniversary

Eight years ago I left a good job as a carpenter and project manager to build guitars full time.  Like anything it’s had its ups and downs but I’ve had no regrets. It was rather fortuitous that this past weekend had a few Fraulini customers pass through town.  My old friend and oldest customer Alvin Youngblood Hart came through to play a gig.  Alvin has the third guitar that I built, an oak Angelina 12 string.  He’s been playing it […]
April 17, 2012

Building a Bajo Sexto

My friend Dan Margolies has had an interest in Mexican music which has gotten more and more intense over the years.  He started playing the bajo sexto a few years back and recently asked me to build him one.  The process has been quite an adventure and I thought I’d share some of the photos of the process. The bajo sexto is a unique instrument, it’s main use is to accompany accordion or fiddle players in Northern Mexican, Norteno, and […]
April 3, 2012

The Black Madonna

  I recently finished a fun project, a fancy black Fenezia, aka. “The Black Madonna”, with multi layered purfling, inlaid pickguard, faux tortoise headstock veneer, whale tail bridge and an ebony finish.  This guitar is similar to the Ernest Stoneman models that I’ve made in the past, and it’s fitting that it has a black finish as Stoneman painted his Galiano black at some point in the 1950’s.  I like to think that I did a cleaner job than Ernest.  […]
March 23, 2012

X braced Annunziata

I recently finished an X braced Annunziata which was inspired by a friend’s O sized Martin from the 1890s.  The Martin was made for gut strings, but I wanted to make something lightly braced for light gauge steel strings.  I was curious about X bracing one of my existing models and the Annunziata was very similar in size and shape to the old Martin.  I also wanted to try a 24 1/4″ scale, rather than the 24 7/8″ scale that […]
January 12, 2012

New X Braced, 14 Fret Models

I’ve had a few requests for some X braced, 14 fret guitars over the past few years.  I’ve built a few X braced, 12 fret Larson copies, but for the most part what I do is ladder bracing.  I’ve also made a few 14 fret ladder braced guitars.  I’ve been wanting to build more X braced guitars, figuring that there are enough things that I do differently (hide glue, varnish finishes, domestic woods, relatively light bracing etc), and I’ve been […]
October 29, 2011

Craig Ventresco and Meredith Axelrod

Here’s a great video of Craig Ventresco and Meredith Axelrod tearing it up on the  Leecan and Cooksey tune, Cold Mornin’ Shout      
September 23, 2011

Milwaukee Ukulele Festival

I’ll be heading to the Milwaukee Ukulele Festival this weekend with a new uke and some guitars. If you’re in the area, come down and say hi. There will be a lot of great players there and it promises to be a good time.    
September 6, 2011

Cleaning the Shop Sale.

I’ve been cleaning out my shop and clearing space for new guitars and equipment. I’ve pulled out some things to sell. If you’re interested in anything, would like to see more pictures, or have any questions, please email me, todd at fraulini dot com.               Angelina 12 String- I made this guitar earlier this year to bring to summerfestivals. The top is Sitka Spruce, the back and sides are paduk. The neck is mahogany and […]
July 27, 2011

Pickguards and Faux Tortoise

The vast majority of the guitars from the time period that I focus on, from 1900 to the mid 1930’s, didn’t have pickguards, though some of the fancier ones did. As a result I haven’t made that many instruments with pickguards. I have had an occasional request and I’ve put on quite a few clear guards which give added protection but aren’t highly visible. I have been fascinated by pickguards though and the materials which they have been made out […]