Please check out
my Mike Petrovich Flamenco cutaway model!
Currently, I make my standard model, based on
the work of Hermann Hauser. I make slight modifications to the strutting
and thickness of the sound board, as the wood itself demands. I
control the sound that I am trying to achieve, in the same manner,
by altering both the strutting and soundboard thicknesses. My standard
scale length is 650 mm, however, I am free to build in any scale
length that the client desires. My main goal is to please myself
first, and then, hopefully the client as well. I enjoy discussing
the clients needs open-mindedly, and then try to achieve our goals
Tuning machines and cases
Most of my guitars come standard with Irving Sloane tuning machines,
however, other manufacturers are available upon special request.
Occasionally, on my less expensive guitars, I may use tuning machines
made by Schaller (HG-1). The client then has the option to upgrade
at any time in the future. Double arched hard-shell cases come standard
with most of my guitars. Other cases are available at extra cost.
My guitars are finished in either oil varnish, or shellac, applied
in the French polish method, or a combination of both finishes.
I do all of the finishing myself. Usually, my guitars are entirely
finished in "French polish." I let the wood itself lead
me in the final direction.
The client has many options to choose from when it comes to tonewoods.
Usually, I build with Indian Rosewood back and sides, with spruce
for the top wood. However, I also use many other tonewoods as my
taste desires, from Spanish Cypress, European Flamed Maple, Brazilian
Rosewood, to Palo Escrito (Mexican Rosewood), Alaskan Yellow Cedar,
Koa, or perhaps Macassar Ebony or Ziricote. For top wood, I like
spruce the best. I use European Spruces, as well as Engelmann Spruce.
I also build tops with Western Red Cedar or Redwood. Some tonewoods
are available at extra cost.
Generally, I use either Mahogany or Spanish Cedar for the neck wood.
Occasionally, I use flamed maple for the necks. Fingerboards are
made from best quality African Ebony. Medium-tall nickel silver
frets are standard.
I take great pride and joy designing and making my own marquetry
and rosettes from scratch. This is the most time consuming part
of the entire guitar-making process, however, I believe it to be
a worthwhile venture for many reasons. It allows me to be unique,
and to make an artistic expression with each new guitar, different
from the previous ones. It allows me the freedom to change the decorations
as deemed by each guitars own specific woods and design elements.
Also, it is a fun and challenging process, to say the least.
The 1875 Antonio de Torres guitar
Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity
to study in detail, two of Antonio de Torres's guitars.
I am very grateful to the late Mr. Boris Ellison for this rare
I will be offering a new model,
based on Mr. Ellison's 1875 Torres guitar.
It is a 640 mm scale length guitar, made from Spanish
Cypress and European Spruce, with a Spanish Cedar neck
and African Ebony Fretboard.
I will keep clients updated on the
progress of this new model as it evolves.
price has not yet been decided. The original guitar,
that this model is based on, is absolutely incredible!
I am very hopeful in coming close
to the original 1875 Torres guitar in every way. Check
this page in the future for progress reports on this