Mando kerfing

by stephen on April 17, 2011

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The new mandolin model is taking shape. Here the rim is getting it’s kerfed linings glued into place.

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If it aint broke…

by stephen on April 10, 2011

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Still doing things the old fashioned way here at Stratton Guitars. Here’s the back for the 12 string Corvo being glued up with ropes and wedges.

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Model: 26-12

by stephen on March 26, 2011

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This stack of wood is about to become Saul Koll’s Corvo 12 string. Brazilian Rosewood back and sides with a curly Maple stripe down the back, matching bindings and Red Spruce top.

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Mandolin carving

by stephen on March 20, 2011

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Here’s a snapshot of the soundboard which is nearing it’s final form and the mandolin back cut to shape and ready for carving.
Also in progress are the designs for the custom tailpiece, bridge, and pickguard this mando will be outfitted with.

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Model: 26

by stephen on March 12, 2011

Beginning work on the new Corvo model. This guitar will replace the more traditional OM model that I’ve been making in past years.  Dimensions will be roughly the same but the body shape and appointments will be more along the lines of the Corneille. The first Corvo will be a 12 string for my good friend and fellow luthier Saul Koll.

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Back in the shop

by stephen on March 8, 2011

After a couple of hectic but fun weeks of travel, it’s good to be back in the shop.  Right now all sights are set on the Healdsburg Guitar Festival in August.  Plans are to unveil a new mandolin model, a slothead version of the Alavanca as well as a new guitar model that will be a bit bigger than the Corneille.  Should be lots of fun. Hope to see you all there!

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New mando pics

by stephen on February 14, 2011

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New Model: 168

by stephen on February 12, 2011

Here’s a new Alavanca almost ready to have the sounboard glued onto the body.

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New Mando in the works

by stephen on February 6, 2011

Here’s a few shots of a new mandolin in progress. This is a new model that will debut at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival in August.

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Folks from Walden Guitars pay a visit

by stephen on January 22, 2011

My good friend Jon Lee of  Walden guitars brought a couple of his co-workers by the shop last night. Jaco and Eddy are visiting from Taiwan for the Winter NAMM show and are spending a little extra time exploring Portland with Jon.  We had a good time chatting about the guitar biz and enjoying some single malt Scotch!

Eddy, me, Jaco and Jon

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