I’m in the process of recording my next album, which will be a self produced solo project! The songs are coming along nicely, and it’s a great new experience for me too. My good friend and musical colleague, Tyler Spooner ( https://www.facebook.com/tspoonmusic ) also happens to be savvy with a video camera and film editing program. We have collaborated on a music video! The plan is to start a regional production company for musicians in need of quality media for their portfolios, and even small businesses that need advertising media. It’s a valuable asset to have readily and affordably available. It’s also fun for me to find another musician who wants a similar career model as what I’ve been trying; luthier or videographer by day, and working musicians by night! It’s also the beginning of plans for a greater organization in our region to provide opportunities to musicians, artists, venues, and businesses. Please click on the youtube link, go to my Guitarley’s channel, and check out an all-local production of one of my original song “Sedona”. It was written about my times spent in beautiful Arizona, while attending The Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery ( http://www.roberto-venn.com ). I’m very pleased with how this song is represented by the video.
I’m happy to announce that I recently won a regional Blues competition hosted by the Billtown Blues Association! This makes me a quarter finalist in the International Blues Competition (http://www.blues.org/ibc/#ref=ibc_index) to take place in January of 2013 on Beale Street, Memphis TN! I have done this competition twice before with two different bands and had a blast every time. Last time I played with a freshly re-attached left thumb, playing slide on my lap while in a fancy cast. I hope to make up for it this time around. The saying goes “third time’s a charm!” I’m hoping it applies this time. Not only do I hope to gain from this as a musician, but now as a luthier also. It will be an amazing networking platform for me to play my original music through guitars that I have built myself. I can’t wait to tell everyone about them! I have to remember to take a few business cards with me! I attached a link that will take you to the article about the event I participated in, the musician involved, and a little about myself too. Enjoy!
Please check out this video of me playing a newly fixed stratocaster. It needed a lot of love when it came into Guitarley’s! It received some neck repair, fret work, full set up, new bone nut, and a new set of pickups from Seymour Duncan ( http://www.seymourduncan.com ). The “Everything Axe Set” sound outstanding! You can check this link out directly to my youtube page or you can visit and ‘like’ my shop’s Facebook page and see this job and lot’s more! ( http://www.facebook.com/guitarleys ) Make sure to check blogs about my shop, being a luthier, being a musician, small business, and more! Make sure to give me feedback and share! Thanks!
This is a news video that was done during my class at Roberto-Venn in the fall of 2010. I thought I would share this info my viewers to let you know more about me, my shop, what I do, and the school itself. It was truly one of my best experiences ever and helped shape my life. I’m in a RV kind of mood lately as I am planning to take a few mini courses there in late spring. These classes sound amazing and will offer me a wealth of new knowledge to help my shop provide more, and even better services! Enjoy and make sure to check out the school on the web. Click on “A stroll down memory lane” to see the news clip!
This was my big project for last week! A new customer brought in his USA Fender Jazz Bass (5 string) that was difficult to play due to a strange warp in the neck. He also wanted a fretless bass to add to his arsenal and already enjoyed his other fretted guitars. So it was decided to convert this guitar, sanding out the warp in the process. I removed the plastic factory nut and frets, filled fret slots with ebony, sanded everything nice and smooth, did a custom bone nut, threw on some nice flat wounds, and set it up nice! The guitar looks and plays great now and finally has a purpose for its owner. For more photos of the bass before and after, and other projects, check out my Facebook page by clicking on the photo.