Acoustic Guitars

A selection of  acoustic guitars hand made by me for customers.

Mike's stunning, lefty, Irish walnut ASAPJ

Mike's stunning, lefty, Irish walnut ASAPJ Mike has a thing about Irish walnut and has a through neck 4B bass in that wood. When he decided he wanted an acoustic guitar it had to be Irish walnut too. He and his wife visited to pick the wood from my walnut…

ASAP Bouzouki for Crowleys.

ASAP Bouzouki for Crowleys. To my ears the 'normal' bouzouki does not have enough bass. When chording I find the sound to be too midrange and percussive. So I prefer to make my bouzoukis using the ASAP guitar body which has bigger volume and therefore is able to produce more…

Pod's Irish walnut Jumbo for 10 gauge strings!

Pod's Jumbo in Irish walnut built for 10 gauge strings! This one was an interesting challenge. Pod wanted a jumbo sized guitar with all the sound that goes with that model (big, boomy and loud!) but it had to have 10 gauge strings. Getting sound out of an acoustic guitar…

Jo's JM

Jo would be better known for his bassplaying but he wanted a small acoustic guitar. As a bassplayer he wanted a wide neck for comfort and, after some discussion, we came up with a spec for an ASAPJM. This typical JM has a slotted headstock and a 12 fret to…

Rosewood Cutaway Jumbo

Cutaways on Jumbos are not really common but they work well and don't look out of place. In fact having a cutaway might even widen the sound spectrum as the cutaway 'tightens' the top and this should improve the high frequency response while the large body and top handle the…

Des's ASAPJ with 12th fret joint.

I have known Des for over 30 years and in 2010 he asked me to make him a guitar. He tried a few of my instruments and decided on an ASAPJ. He particularly liked the sound that a 12th fret body join gives to an acoustic guitar so that is…

Sapele ASAP

I was in a timberyard in Cork looking for some utile when I came across some large and beautifully quartersawn sapele boards. Sapele is a dark and very dense African mahogany that makes great acoustic guitars so I bought all that I could and took it back to the workshop.…

Ger's left handed ASAP

Ger's LH ASAPCAW. I think I read somewhere that one person in seven is left handed. Well I certainly don't get to make that proportion of left handed instruments. This ASAP CAW for Ger Buckley has a fine spruce top with Indian rosewood back and sides.and binding is lacewood. As…

Pablo's ASAPJ

Another example of how a basic model can be turned into something special for a customer with just a few additions. Pablo had tried the personal ASAPJ owned by a Joaquín Garcia (one of my dealers in Spain) and wanted something similar but with his own mark on it. So…

Daniel's ASAP Nylon String

Daniel's nylon string. I don't make a 'classical' guitar as such with the traditional shape and construction so I call my version a nylon string guitar. The body shape is based on my smallest acoustic steel string (the ASAP) and I use a steelstring neck joint and a modified (and…
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