12 String Archtop

Collector Series

12 String Archtop Guitar

This is a custom 17" build for a terrific client who loves Redwood and Black Walnut.
Made of Master Grade tonewood from California: Figured Redwood top, Figured Claro Walnut back and Figured Black Walnut sides. 5 piece neck made with Figured Black Walnut and Ebony. Figured Redwood for the headstock and tailpiece overlay. Ebony binding all around.
F-holes are repositioned and cutout of the top in the shape of Redwood branches and pine cones. Sound port is the shape of a large pine cone. There is a branch with pine cone cutout in the headstock.  Natural color with an Ultra-Gloss Waterborne Lacquer finish.
The internal structure uses an X brace made of Master grade Spruce; Spanish Cedar for the neck block and heel block; solid laminated Spanish Cedar linings. The scale is 25" with 23 frets on a Figured Black Walnut fretboard.  The side markers are brass.

The tuning gears are gold Gotoh 510 and are 18:1 tuning ratio with Ebony buttons.  The nut, saddle and tailpiece nut are made of brass.

Natural hot hide glue was used to construct the entire instrument to maximize the transfer of sound from the strings to the top and back plates.  Hot hide glue is used on all of my Collector and Artist Series instruments.

The action on this guitar is low and easy to play using D'Addario Phosphor Bronze  Environmental 12 String Acoustic Guitar Light Gauge .010 - .046, EJ38 strings.  

Custom Smocke Hardshell case includes a built in Humidity Control System.  

This guitar has a wonderful, focused sound and was a joy to build!


  • Body:                       Right Handed, 17", No Cutaway
  • Body Depth:           3-7/8"
  • Top:                         Master Grade Figured Redwood
  • Back:                       Master Grade Figured Claro Walnut
  • Sides:                      Master Grade Figured Black Walnut
  • Bracing:                  X- Master Grade Spruce
  • Binding:                  Solid Ebony with Black/White purpling
  • Neck:                      5 piece Figured Black Walnut and Ebony
  • Fingerboard:         Figured Black Walnut, 12" radius, brass side markers, carbon fibre supports in extension
  • Linings:                  Solid laminated Spanish Cedar linings
  • Neck Block:           Spanish Cedar
  • Heel Block:            Spanish Cedar
  • F-Holes:                 Repositioned and cutout in the shape of Redwood branches and pine cones.
  • Heel Cap:               Ebony
  • Nut Width:             1-3/4", bone
  • Scale:                      25"
  • Frets:                        23
  • Bridge:                     African Ebony, solid custom made brass saddle
  • Tailpiece:               Figured Redwood/African Ebony, Sacconi tail adjuster
  • Endpin:                   Brass
  • Pickup:                   None
  • Controls:                None
  • Tuners:                    Gold Gotoh 510 with 18:1 tuning ratio and Ebony buttons
  • Finger Rest:            None
  • Truss Rod:              Double Action Adjustable, U.S.A.
  • Truss Rod Cover:  Ebony
  • Finish:                      Gloss Waterborne Lacquer
  • Color:                       Natural-Crystal Clear
  • Glue:                         Natural Hot Hide Glue
  • Strings:                   D'Addario Phosphor Bronze 12 String Acoustic Guitar Light Gauge .010 - .046, EJ38 strings.
  • Case:                        Custom Smocke with built in Humidity Control System
  • Weight:                   5lbs., 2oz.
  • Length:                   43-3/8"
  • Total Depth:           6-5/8"
  • Actual Body Depth:  3-7/8”
  • Lower Bout:                17-1/8"
  • Upper Bout:                12-7/8"
  • Waist:                           10-5/8"
  • Body Length:              20-13/16"
  • Endpin Length:          3/4"