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.  […]