The Luthier’s Blog

Custom Acoustic for Ken Graves

Custom Acoustic for Ken Graves

This custom acoustic guitar was inspired by Ken Graves of Calvary Chapel, Orrington, Maine and is an opportunity to give back some of the gifting the Lord has given to me. Ken is a mighty man of God who brings the scriptures to life verse-by-verse, and is an amazing...

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Being a Custom Luthier

Being a Custom Luthier

For over a decade I’ve been dedicated to building high quality steel string acoustic guitars, and making it possible for others to experience the complete building process in The Builder’s Workshop. The quest for the ultimate sound and playability is the driving force...

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Harrison Hughes Testimonial

Harrison Hughes Testimonial

I’ve been what I call a decent guitar player for almost twenty years. Even after several years in school for jazz guitar, I was only decent, not terrific. However, that never stopped me from loving and playing the best guitars. I am partly a gear-head but also...

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Leroy Moore Tribute

Leroy Moore Tribute

Harrison Hughes - 000 12 Fret Short Scale This Leroy Moore Tribute Custom Acoustic Guitar Build, in memory of the late great Leroy Moore, features Claro Walnut Sides & Back, Torrified Adirondack Spruce Top, and a custom inlay fingerboard mural of Leroy Moore. It's...

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Devonsquare’s Tom Dean

Devonsquare’s Tom Dean

Bill, I have not put the new guitar down yet. What a beautiful instrument you have made me. This guitar responds to every nuance you can throw at it. For a while I thought I was losing my ability to play as well as I used to, but the feel of this guitar is amazing....

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Martin D-18 Retop

Martin D-18 Retop

Singer Songwriter Tom Dean was here recently for a retop repair on his 1970 Martin D-18 acoustic guitar. This is his first guitar and he's had it for his entire 30+ year career, writing songs and singing and performing not only solo but with prominent bands...

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Ukelele Building Workshop

Ukelele Building Workshop

Master Luthier Bill Russo took time out of his busy schedule this week to build 3 custom Ukulele's with these Block Island Beauties during their vacation here in Maine. The resurgence of the Ukulele is evident in the increased interest and inquiries here at the shop....

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Denny Breau & Patrick Dempsey

Denny Breau & Patrick Dempsey

Here's a great photo of Denny Breau with his very own WR Custom Acoustic Guitar after performing at a Dempsey Challenge dinner event with his wife, Ann. Patrick Dempsey was in the house of course, and a good time was had by all. I'm excited to see Denny using his...

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“Hollywood” Steve Gaspar

“Hollywood” Steve Gaspar

"Hollywood" Steve Gaspár is a Grammy Nominated songwriter, producer and keyboardist and former Epic/CBS recording artist with the act "STEPHEN & SUZANNE". While signed to Epic, Steve's song "PROMISE ME" earned a "Single-Pick" in Billboard Magazine. Steve is a...

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