Own A Piece of Guitar History!

Here is your chance to own a piece of classical guitar history! I currently have in my shop a “Hernandis 1A” classical guitar that is in near mint condition! Back in the 1960’s and 1970’s, James Sherry, of Sherry-Breyer Company, Chicago was an importer of classical and flamenco guitars made by Jose Ramirez III. It was well known in classical guitar circles that he sold Ramirez guitars to AndrĂ©s Segovia, Christopher Parkening, Julian Bream and other top notch guitarists of the day. Sherry created some controversy by labeling one model line of Ramirez guitars as the “Segovia Model”, this act infuriated Ramirez who stopped selling guitars to Sherry.  James Sherry also imported classical and flamenco guitars made by T. Kurosawa & Co., LTD, Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Kurosawa had studied guitar making with several well known makers in Spain and in turn taught the people of his guitar factory how to make excellent copies of Spanish guitars. Mr. Sherry offered several grades of these guitars under

Classical Guitar Festival Experiences, Part 4

“So, Wilson, what got you into guitar making?”  “I grew up with the guitar. A guitar was always around or someone who could play it. How about you?” “I love trees. Every guitar I make is an homage to trees!” “Wow! If you love trees so much then you must really love a forest!” “The forest?! What the hell does a forest have to do with trees?!”

Something to Think About

  “Forests are of great value from their effect upon the climate, making it more equable. They tend to cause abundant and needed rainfall and to preserve the moisture when fallen, releasing it to the rivers gradually, and thus preventing abnormal freshets and extreme droughts. By absorbing and parting with heat slowly they cause the changes of temperature to be less sudden than in the open country. They temper the heat, and they serve as a protection, or "wind-break," to adjacent land. Trees, with other vegetation, are essential to the purification of the air. All this is in addition to the obvious uses of supplying fuel and wood for an almost endless variety of purposes, not to speak of the value of trees for shade and as features of the landscape. The reckless rate at which the forests of the United States are being destroyed is becoming a serious matter, not merely because of depriving wood-workers of the materials with which to work, but because of the influence of the fo

Redwood/California Laurel Classical Guitar, Part 2

I put strings on the redwood/laurel classic guitar yesterday afternoon and was very happy to hear that is has a gorgeous voice. Today, it’s voice had much more depth and it is LOUD! I will start French polishing it early August. It would be wonderful if a talented guitarist would stop by my studio to record a sound byte of this guitar, I haven’t practiced playing the guitar in almost four months. 

Double Top Classical Guitar for Sale

Double top guitars are awesome! Overheard at a classical guitar competition, 2019 The Engelmann spruce top has an inlay of honeycomb Nomex withSitka spruce veneer, the back and sides are curly maple with an Indian rosewood fillet in the back. Please email me for more information.. Engelmann spruce top Curly maple back and sides with rosewood fillet in back  650mm string length 52mm wide fretboard at nut 62mm at 12th fret 59mm string spacing at bridge 482mm body length 278mm upper bout  237mm waist 372mm lower bout Ebony fretboard East Indian rosewood bridge Gilbert tuning machines Crossrock fiberglass case $7500

Redwood/California Laurel Classical Guitar - My Latest Guitar

It's been nearly six months since I made my last guitar, that was due to buying the house in New Mexico and moving into the new house. Now that we are here at the new place, I can start "playing catch up" with all the guitar parts that are in my new, very tiny workshop. This guitar has an old growth redwood top that I put together maybe four, five years that I never got around to using, and the back is some outrageous California laurel (it's only called myrtle if it is in Oregon) that I purchased about six years ago. California laurel is wonderful wood to work with and makes for a great classical guitar, I expect this guitar will have a big, lush voice with a quick response. All the bracing, both top and back, is made from some very stiff and light old growth redwood, I'm looking to make this a light weight guitar. The plan for this week is to glue on ebony binding and fretboard. Stay tuned for the next progress report!

Calf Canyon Fire, New Mexico

  The Calf Canyon Fire is just over the hill from us, this is a photo I took of the smoke plume at 10:30 this morning, it is a whole lot taller and wider this afternoon. This morning the US Forest posted on Inciweb  that the fire is 204,000 acres in size, it grew a little over 6,000 acres last night and a couple of days ago it grew near 11.000 acres in one day. We have been experiencing unprecedented high winds, historic the papers say, and it doesn't help that the Southwest is in the midst of devastating drought, the likes that has not been seen in 1,200 years!  Tres Ritos and Angostura were placed under evacuation orders about 3 hours ago, those two communities are about 20 miles from us by road, 10 miles as the crow flies. High winds are expected again tomorrow.  We need a good rainstorm without any wind.