When this company first began the thought of building 100 guitars never crossed my mind. It wasn’t that I didn’t think we were capable or would never get to that milestone, but we were so focused on the guitars we were building at the time that it wasn’t until we hit #85 that we really started thinking we should design an instrument to commemorate this special point in our company’s history.
The guitar we built is elegant, but in true Carmel Guitar Co. style we kept it as simple as possible.
The back and sides are reclaimed Brazilian Rosewood (from the stump of an old-growth tree cut many many years ago) and the top is Sinker Redwood, salvaged from a log that sunk to the bottom of a river over 100 years ago. We love the fact that these rare timbers were harvested in a sustainable way. We feel privileged to be able to work with such beautiful materials.
This guitar is currently en route to our newest dealer, Guitar Rodeo in Minneapolis, MN.
Some more photos…
We had the pleasure of traveling to Los Angeles a few weeks back to see The Tallest Man on Earth perform at the Wiltern Theater. He is currently touring supporting his latest release “There’s No Leaving Now” (Check out the new album on iTunes)
The Tallest Man on Earth is Kristian Matsson, a singer songwriter from Sweden. We began talking with Kristian about building a special instrument back in November of last year . After several emails and long phone calls we made arrangements and have gotten him 3 guitars over the last 7 months – all of which he currently tours with. Working with Kristian has been a real treat and we look forward to building more instruments for him in the future.
He will be back in the states (along with several shows overseas) and we encourage you to check out his tour schedule to see when he’s coming to a town near you.
Here are some photos from backstage in LA.
We have been looking for a way to keep everyone updated on the day to day happenings here at the shop and recently created a Flickr account to help with that. Whether you have a custom build in progress or would just like to see what we’re working on you can stay updated – we add new content a few times a week and it’s open to everyone.
If you have a custom guitar in progress your photos will appear in “Custom Builds”. Your photos will be labeled with your last name and the body style you ordered (ex. Padilla OM)
The link to our Flickr is on the Gallery page at the top.
Check it out HERE!
Also we have a page on Facebook we update daily – be sure to check out and like our page if you haven’t already!
It’s hard to imagine that since we started this company we’ve built 100 instruments. I still remember finishing my first guitar…the number 100 seemed so far out of reach. We’ve learned a lot along the way and are fortunate enough to be doing what we love. Below are the specifications and some photographs of the progress of our 100th guitar.
Nut - 1 3/4"
String spacing - 2 3/16"
14 frets clear of body
Scale - 25"
Wood bindings - Gabon Ebony
Adirondack Spruce bracing
Nitrocellulose finish body & neck
Tahitian black pearl "Carmel Guitar Co.", wave logo and "#100" @ 20th fret
Additional Custom specifications for serial #100 :
Select Brazilian Rosewood back, sides, fingerboard, overlay, rosette and bridge
Select Old growth "sinker" redwood top
Tahitian black pearl top border (0.050")
Tahitian black pearl fingerboard purfling (0.050")
Tahitian black pearl overlay purfling (0.050")
Fossilized Mammoth Ivory bridge pins and endpin with black pearl dots
Fossilized Mammoth Ivory nut and saddle
Waverly Engraved plate tuning machines with ebony buttons
We’re happy to announce a few new shops that are carrying our guitars. If you are in the San Francisco bay area be sure to check out Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto, Guitar Solo in San Francisco and Keith Holland Guitars in Los Gatos.
Work has begun on our 100th guitar and it is going to be a spectacular instrument. More photos and specifications will be posted soon.
Jeff and I have been busy keeping our heads down working for the last few months. Setting up shop is a long process that never seems to be over. We are always coming up with new ways to make the process of building more smooth and efficient.
Now that things are up and running at a good pace though we have been setting up new shops with many new instruments.
(Please visit our “dealers” link under the “guitars” tab to view locations in your area)
The newest member to the Carmel Guitar family, Marley.
We’ve got big plans for May / June – ads, new dealers and special one-of-a-kind guitars!
Hello all – it has been a very long time since the last update. A lot has been changing and it has all been for the better. Much of our time over the last two months has been spent moving and setting up our new shop location in Watsonville, CA.
It’s quite the upgrade: 1,500 square feet with a loading dock and office space. The above photo was just a week into set-up. We’ve also just completed 6 vacuum tables for more efficient and effective gluing of bracing and a new kiln!
Last, but not least we’ve been shooting a series of videos with our good friend Taylor Morgan. (Check out more of Taylor’s work here) Below are some snapshots from our shoots.
Currently at the shop we are busy building (currently working on serial number 053 and starting more tomorrow) and designing new guitars that we are excited to unveil sometime in the middle of next year. Keep an eye out for new videos soon!
P.S. If you are from the Santa Cruz area stop on by Sylvan Music and check out a few really cool guitars we’ve got hanging in there. They are some great guitars and the friendly staff will make sure you are well taken care of. Enjoy!
Welcome to the brand new Carmel Guitar Co. website! The development of this site has been in the works for some time now and there are exciting things coming very soon.
First, some news: We are proud to announce that we now have two guitars up at Sylvan Music in Santa Cruz, CA. You can view them here.
These are truly unique instruments. Both have solid Gabon Ebony backs and sides, reclaimed old-growth redwood tops, Macassar Ebony accents and black Tahitian pearl inlay around the soundboard, fingerboard, overlay, tuners….everywhere! If you are in the area please stop by and check them out!
The shop has been a busy place the last few months. We are currently working on 12 more guitars for distribution in shops up and down the west coast. Among these are some truly beautiful instruments…a bloodwood/sinker redwood OM, Koa/Sitka Dread., Brazilian Rosewood/European OM and many others.
In addition to the busy production schedule we are currently gearing up for the 2011 Guild of American Luthiers Convention which will be held July 20th – 24th in Tacoma, WA. This will be a wonderful learning experience and we are excited to be attending. We have also decided to exhibit a handful of special instruments at this event, so if you are in the area please stop in and say hello.
More updates coming soon! Take care.