My 'standard' specifications:
Please remember that nothing is set in stone - if you'd prefer something else, please ask!
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.
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.