Archtops. Jazz guitars, semi acoustic archtops and archtop mandolins

One of the most beautiful styles of instruments. Here are some samples of archtops hand made for customers.

Fiddleback sycamore ASAS Semi

Fiddleback Sycamore ASAS Semi. I was lucky enough to find some Irish fiddleback sycamore boards in County Wicklow and have used this wood to make a number of instruments. This time it is an ASAS Semi which has carved top and back made from this wood and stained black to…

Todd's Half Archtop Baritone

Todd's Half an Archtop Baritone. Another strange one! Todd wanted a baritone guitar but in the same format as the old and rare Martin F9 style which featured an arched top but with a flat back. So this is what we came up with - a Half Archtop guitar based…

The HGGS ASAS Leonardo Archtop.

A Leonardo ASAS Archtop made as a sample for The Holy Grail Guitar Show 2015. I was lucky enough to be invited to exhibit at the 2015 Holy Grail Guitar Show. The table space every exhibitor is allocated is quite small so I only took 3 instruments with me and…

ASAS SEMI Stealth model

ASAS Semi Acoustic 'Stealth' The ASAS Semi models are made with arched backs and tops hand carved from solid wood in the same way as it's acoustic relatives the ASAS and ASAST jazz guitars. The main difference between the full jazzers is that the semis have a cedar block between…

Beautiful heartwood walnut ASAS Semi2

In 1983 a walnut tree was blown over by a storm and blocked the main Limerick to Dublin road. With a friend I hired a log truck and we went up and saved as much of the tree as was possible before the locals had taken it for firewood. When…

A Natural Blonde Archtop

Originally this ASAST was to be honey coloured but after I sprayed on the clear base coats of lacquer it became clear that the superb Canadian sitka (thank you Kevin!) and amazing Croatian maple didn't need any colouring at all. I sent a picture to the customer and he agreed.…

Beautiful ASAS Archtop

An example of the ASAS Archtop with the classic combination of back and sides of flamed maple and top of Canadian sitka spruce. Top and back are hand carved and tap tuned. The neck is a laminate of figured hard maples with veneer details topped with an ebony fingerboard. The…

Archtop Tenor Guitar - the first for me

As far as I know the tenor guitar first appeared at the start of the 20th century where they became popular with tenor banjo players who could transfer to the instrument without having to learn new fingerings or chords since the two instruments shared the same tuning. The sound is,…

Harry's quilted maple mandolin

Harry's mando has superb quilted maple in the back, sides and scratchplate with a close grained sitka top. The neck is laminated from flamed maples. The fingerboard and bridge are ebony, the binding walnut. A Highlander pickup is built into the bridge and the battery for the preamp fits under…

Black Beauty - archtop mandolin

Let's start with an 'art pic'. Making archtop guitars and mandos is quite difficult but not half as tricky as photographing a gloss black one! Gloss black lacquer is like a mirror and shows every reflection, piece of dust and fingermark so I am particularly proud of the pic above!…
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