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2017 WOODSTOCK INVITATION LUTHIER'S SHOWCASE
Once again, I am honored to be showing my instruments at the 2017 Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase in Woodstock, NY. The Showcase is an annual acoustic guitar festival for the community of acoustic stringed-instrument builders, players, collectors and aficionados, presenting a gathering of the finest handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments from around the world. The show runs from 11:00 am-6:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 27, 28 & 29, 2017.
THE BEE GUITAR • ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE
"A sweet bluegrass-ready dreadnought, pollinated with charm."
"The idea for the inlay originated from lifelong love of beekeeping," says Mike Franks, a guitar maker based in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Click the image to the left to read more from the Acoustic Guitar Magazine story about the Bee Guitar.
THE OUTHOUSE GUITAR • ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE
"The Outhouse Guitar has the whiff of rare tonewood."
The rare Brazilian rosewood used on the back, sides, and headplate was salvaged from an old, abandoned outhouse in Brazil.
Click the image to the left to read more from the Acoustic Guitar Magazine story about the Outhouse Guitar.
PARLOR GUITAR • VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE
"I built the parlor guitar last fall for the Woodstock Show. The top is German Spruce and came from a stock of tonewoods that were stored in an attic of an Ann Arbor guitar shop for more than 50 hot summers. The wood was very dry and beautifully aged. I play this guitar every day." -- Mike Franks
Click the image to the left to read more from Vintage Guitar Magazine.