Acoustic Guitars

A selection of  acoustic guitars hand made by me for customers.

Ger's Short Scale ASAP CAW

Ger's Shortscale ASAP CAW. Ger asked me to make him an ASAP CAW with a shorter scale - 24" rather than 25.5". He also wanted a 12 fret body joint and a slotted headstock making it a unique ASAP. You can specify almost anything when you order a hand built…

Theo's Semi Acoustic Nylon String Guitar.

The Theo Model - A Semi  Acoustic Nylon String Guitar. Theo Cheng has been a good friend and demonstrator of my instruments at Music Fairs for at least 30 years. He is at home playing the classical repertoire, dealing out the delta blues or swinging with jazz standards. For years…

Seany's Longscale ASAPJ for DADGAD tuning

Seany's ASAPJ Cutaway Longscale. This is Seany's second acoustic from me. He totally wore out the first! This guitar is designed for dropped tuning which is the tuning Seany typically uses. The longer scale (690mm - 27") increases the tension on each string which means that when the tuning is…

Riona's Parlour named Martha!

Riona's Parlour called Martha! Another beautiful Parlour this one made from some unusual Irish maple - it has stripes of varied colours running through it. I found one board of this at the back of a shed in a wood yard in Tipperary, enough for one acoustic and one electric…

Donal's ASAP in Irish fiddleback sycamore

Donal's ASAP in Irish fiddleback sycamore. More of the wonderful Irish fiddleback sycamore in Donal's ASAP acoustic. This time a little brown lacquer brings out the figure even more. Top is cedar with a rosewood fingerboard and Donal's initials inlaid in mother of pearl. The neck is also Irish fiddleback…

Leonardo Parlour in Irish fiddleback sycamore.

Leonardo Parlour in Irish Fiddleback Sycamore. Another Leonardo guitar made without tropical hardwoods. And this one is mainly Irish hardwoods which makes it even better. I'm lucky enough to have some superb boards of Irish fiddleback sycamore which is a rare and beautiful Irish hardwood. The back and sides of…

Leonardo ASAPCAW Irish Lacewood

ASAP CAW in Irish Lacewood - a Leonardo Guitar. A Leonardo guitar is one made without the use of tropical hardwoods. This beauty has a back and sides of Irish lacewood, a cedar top, a neck of maple and Irish walnut, binding of Irish fiddleback sycamore, fingerboard of laburnham and…

Mike's stunning, lefty, Irish walnut ASAPJ

Mike's stunning, lefty, Irish walnut ASAPJ Mike has a thing about Irish walnut and has a through neck 4B bass in that wood. When he decided he wanted an acoustic guitar it had to be Irish walnut too. He and his wife visited to pick the wood from my walnut…

ASAP Bouzouki for Crowleys.

ASAP Bouzouki for Crowleys. To my ears the 'normal' bouzouki does not have enough bass. When chording I find the sound to be too midrange and percussive. So I prefer to make my bouzoukis using the ASAP guitar body which has bigger volume and therefore is able to produce more…

Pod's Irish walnut Jumbo for 10 gauge strings!

Pod's Jumbo in Irish walnut built for 10 gauge strings! This one was an interesting challenge. Pod wanted a jumbo sized guitar with all the sound that goes with that model (big, boomy and loud!) but it had to have 10 gauge strings. Getting sound out of an acoustic guitar…
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