In my opinion, the archtop guitar represents the pinnacle of the guitar building craft. It was for this reason I set out to attempt this danting task. I hope you agree I have met the challenge.
The archtop guitar has a number of traditional attributes which are important to adhere to, much like the finest violins in the world, European tonewoods are demanded. This instrument uses the finest Carpathian spruce from Northern Italy, and European maple from the old forests of Germany. The top and back are carved by hand to create a very thin drum-like membrane to transmit the sound of the strings for that classic archtop sound. The maple neck is hand carved and shaped to maximize the playability of what is really a large guitar.
The tailpiece, fingerest and headstock overlay all incorporate my maple burl overlay, which is becoming a trademark attribute of my instruments. Most of the direction and inspiration for this guitar comes from Bob Benedetto who is the finest archtop builder in the world. His book "Making an Archtop Guitar", as well as a few personal tips from the master himself; made this project possible.
This guitar has already been played in public, and truly presents that 40's jazz vibe that these guitars are known for - I hope you feel the same.