Instruments for Sale
This nylon string guitar is braced for the sound of a classical but has features that will appeal to players used to playing steel string guitars. The nut is 48mm and the fingerboard has a 16" radius. It incorporates my sweep cutaway giving excellent access to the upper frets without having to alter the left hand position. It has a 650mm scale length and the bridge is in the centre of the lower bout where it can drive the soundboard most readily.
The soundboard is European spruce, the back and sides osage orange, which has wonderful resonant qualities akin to Brazilian rosewood. The neck is reclaimed Honduras mahogany and the fingerboard is 5,300 year-old bog oak and the bridge Indian rosewood. The head veneer and rosette are yew assembled in a 'crazy paving' design. The machine heads are new old stock Landstorfer brand (as used by Hermann Hauser) from the 1970s. The finish is Osmo oil which gives a nice tactile sheen.
Complete with Hiscox Pro II case
This is my Obelisk model made entirely from reclaimed woods. The body is sapele from a church pew made in 1960, the body cap, fingerboard and head veneer are oak from an old bookcase, and the neck is Honduras mahogany from a shelf. The knobs are bakelite radio knobs. The scale length is 650mm (25.6").
The neck pickup is a TVJones Paul Yandell model, with blades under the top three strings and polepieces under the other three. The bridge pickup is P90 wound by myself. The controls are simple - volume, tone and three way selector switch. The volume and tone knobs are vintage bakelite.
Machine heads are Gotoh 510 minis and the bridge is a Schaller Signum wrapover with very low profile.
The finish is Osmo oil with pigments rubbed into the grain to accentuate it.
Complete with Hiscox hard case.
Classical, lattice braced
This guitar is my standard classical body shape with the circular lower bout and bridge in the centre. The scale length is 660mm. It is latticed brace using only solid wood - no carbon fibre, balsa or plywood as is commonly found in lattice braced instruments. This gives the power of a lattice-braced guitar but with the warmth and woodiness of a traditional fan-brace instrument.
The soundboard is western red cedar, back and sides are reclaimed Indian rosewood and the neck reclaimed Honduras mahogany. The fingerboard is Rocklite, a treated wood substitute for ebony that has greater stability. The bridge is Indian rosewood.
Complete with Hiscox ProII case.
Pair of concert ukuleles
This yin and yang pair have been a collaborative project with my daughter Rose Lucas. She came up with the concept of black and white ukes that were negatives of each other. She designed and carried out all the inlay work and I did most of the construction.
We used two woods: European maple for the white and 5000 year-old English bog oak for the black. These are concert-sized instruments and have an Osmo oil finish, which gives a very tactile surface.