I forgot to tell you…

In my whole “don’t touch it” speech I forgot to tell you that I do lightly level-sand the front and back of the guitar with 320 grit sandpaper after a few days on the rack. At this point the lacquer is hard enough that it doesn’t gum up on the sandpaper but still soft enough…

Don’t touch it

For me, the hardest part about building a guitar is the finish, and the hardest part about the finish is the waiting game that comes between the final coats of clear coat and level sanding. Tom Petty, you old prophet. The waiting is the hardest part. I shoot guitars exclusively in nitrocellulose lacquer. This is not…

It had to break.

  “…keep your drag light. There’s plenty of line.” The old Marlin headed out to the nor’west like all the big ones go, and brother did he hook up. He started jumping in those long lopes and every splash would be like a speed boat in a sea. We went after him, keeping him on…

Take a breath

It’s hard being seven, six and four years old. At least it was the other day at our house. I don’t know what was in the water where we live last Saturday, but I can tell you what was in the air – cries of “THIS IS A DISASTER!” and “THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE!!!!” mixed with…