I've been mostly building electric guitars lately, so adding a square neck reso to the mix was a nice change. I built a lot of resophonic guitars in the early 90's, both square and round neck. I'm a big fan of vintage Dobro guitars from the 30's. In keeping with that tradition, I still use a soundwell in my reso guitars, although much lighter with larger holes, more of a space frame than a traditional soundwell.
Flamed or curly Koa is one of my favorite woods for guitars. The natural golden brown colour with dark streaks presents beautifully when the flame and curl are this pronounced. I've mostly used Koa for my acoustic Hawaiian guitars, but once in a while it finds its way onto other instruments that I build.
I'm pleased to present this new model "The Continental". An electric I designed exclusively for The Music Emporium, a stringed instrument mecca located in Lexington Massachusetts. For the top, I used a presentation grade Pommele Sapele cap over a hollow western red Alder body. I fabricated the aluminum tailpiece from 1/8" stock, shaped it and let it in flush to the end of the body. The bridge has an Ivoroid celluloid base with an ebony top, capped in bone. This is the first one that I've made for the Emporium, more of this model to follow.