Materials

My 'standard' specifications:
Soundboard
Back and sides
Neck
Headstock veneer
Fingerboard
Nut
Bridge
Tailpiece
Tuners
Bindings
Soundhole rosette
Scratchplate
Finish
Strap buttons

Italian spruce
Selected mahogany
Mahogany with adjustable truss rod
Two colour combinations, eg Maple/Rosewood etc.
Indian rosewood
Bone
Indian Rosewood, with bone saddle
Chrome plated cast bronze
Gotoh mini smooth tuners
All wood eg Rosewood, Tasmanian Blackwood or Maple
Herringbone and wood inlay
Clear acetate
Satin precatalysed nitrocellulose lacquer
Chrome, one on heel, one at tailpiece
All instruments (except for mandola) are supplied with a hard-shell case included in the price.
Please remember that nothing is set in stone - if you'd prefer something else, please ask!

TIMBERS:
My 'standard' instruments use Italian Spruce or Engelmann Sprucefor soundboards apart from mandolins, where I use Adirondack Red Spruce, though I also have Western Red Cedar in stock. Likewise my 'standard' instruments use Mahogany for back and sides though I always have a selection of other suitable instrument timbers in stock, eg Indian Rosewood, Pacific Rosewood, Walnut, Tasmanian Blackwood, Sycamore, etc. If you have a particular preference, please contact me regarding availability. An additional charge is made for Indian Rosewood. The others are available at the 'standard' price.

PICKUPS:
My recommended pickups are made by K&K and attach to the soundboard inside the instrument. They use piezo elements, two for 8 string instruments, 3 for guitar or 10 stringed instruments and are priced accordingly.

These pickups offer an extremely natural sound quality and, in general, may be used without any additional pre-amp.
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