I humbly present Guitarley’s first annual calendar, for a cause and a prize! This is an exciting sale for me and my shop, and here is why!
So first I made a custom guitar, and then I took said guitar on 8,000 mile musical journey to Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado! On this journey I hiked this guitar to beautiful areas of the southwest and took photos. Then I got this crazy idea to have my first guitar calendar made and have some fun with it!
As many of you know, playing guitar is my favorite thing, and a guy named Dave Brumbaugh helped me get much better at doing so, some years (decades) ago. Since then he has grown this amazing music school in our town called the Uptown Music Collective. It’s a true highlight of Williamsport and our flourishing arts and music culture. The sale of this calendar will help a student and sure-to-be future rock star afford to attend this terrific music program by funding a full year’s tuition cost! I hope over time this annual campaign can grow to support more and more students, but lets start here!
The next fun and enticing part of this calendar sale is a big one too! I’ll keep track of each person who shows their support by buying a calendar (or 3) and assign them a number for each calendar purchased, entering them into a give-away drawing! Can you guess what I’ll be giving away?! Yep, the very same custom guitar that is featured in every picture in the calendar! The circle is complete!
Now, there are 250 calendars that were printed locally, with pictures I took, of a guitar I made, that I’ll give away, and donate a large portion of the proceeds to the place where I learned to play guitar! How about that!?
There are no quantity limits on how many of these calendars you can purchase, and for every one you buy you’ll increase your odds of winning my latest hand-made guitar! These can make great gifts for the guitar lover or musician in your life, and the holidays are just around the corner. 250 calendars kind of seems like a lot when I was carrying them 3 blocks to my shop, but I think we can do this! I’m hoping to sell them all by mid-November so please help and spread the word! Once ALL the calendars are sold, I’ll have Mr. Brumbaugh (hopefully he’ll do it) draw a number and announce the corresponding name and winner of a custom guitar (valued at $3,500) in an SKB hard case, and set up arrangements for getting it to it’s new home!
Please help me out on this one! Share my posts and videos about this campaign! Buy a calendar! Help a kid become the best guitar player they can be! Maybe add one of my guitars to your collection! 1of 250 are pretty good odds!
As always, thanks for supporting my little guitar shop and our community!
Can you believe that it’s been 5 years since Guitarley’s opened it’s doors!? I can! It’s been a wonderful adventure and the shop has grown immensely. Starting as just a small repair shop with a small work bench, a few guitar hangers, and an amp or two, I now have a custom wood shop and repair/show room, that is packed full of guitars, projects, and woods! I have worked on thousands of guitars and built several customs, with many more in the works. It’s hard to believe sometimes.
Guitarley’s has recently been chosen to design and build 12 custom guitars for Geisinser Health Systems! 12 guitars! Get ready to see some serious building this spring.
I’ll also be hosting an open house to celebrate the 5 years of business! Please plan to attend on Saturday, April 2, from 4-7pm! Come see the guitars that have been built, custom amps, woods, tools, and me!
Most retail music stores carry the run of the mill chrome and glass slides, but here at Guitarley’s I wish to offer you slides of the highest quality! I have recently been signed up to be an authorized dealer of the world’s greatest guitar slide, “The Rock Slide!”
RockSlides have unparalleled sustain.Why so much sustain? Because the heart of The Rock Slide is the solid brass rod that is CNC carved to fit your finger. This particular brass formula has a lot of nickel content which is the best for tone, sustain and plating. The walls are thick and get thicker towards the end of the slide. We intentionally added a tone ring at the fingertip end which adds mass and helps secure your finger. Like a Hawaiian tone bar cuts through the mix with more weight and mass, so does The Rock Slide. NOT JUST A PIECE OF PIPE.
The first batch of these should be arriving at Guitarley’s in a week or two, so stay tuned for when you can test drive one of these beauties! Check out all of their great products…
This is an amazing sounding “Super Reverb” style amp, custom built by Gary Crouse of Lewis Alexander Amplification! This amp boasts 45 watts of all-tube tone! You have to hear it to believe it. This amp is currently for demo and for sale at Guitarley’s so stop by and check it out!
-All USA made parts
-Mercury Mag input/output/choke transformers
-Hotrod Channel 1 with special gain structure and “Phat” circuit
-Vintage tone soul USA 5U46B rectifier
-extra filtering tube reverb w/military Phillips 12AT7
-JJ’s in all other preamp positions
-4×10 w/ 2 Kendrick Black Frame and 2 Eminence
-Vintage 1965 reverb tank
-RCA vintage style foot switch
-Custom cover and leather handle
I am excited to make a new, long overdue, post here on my site! I have been a busy luthier and musician so I’ll fill you in on what’s new at Guitarley’s!
Let’s start with the wood shop. For the past two and half years I’ve been acquiring tools and lumber to build guitars, patiently might I add. I recently made some further purchases and got the tools I need to finally get started with the next step in my career as a luthier (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luthier)! It feels great to have a functioning studio to make things. I now have the freedom and opportunity to obsess! I have started to learn the tools and dial them in for my purposes. I have also started to size and dimension my collection of lumber and organize stock!
I spent yesterday afternoon running my tools, revealing the hidden beauty of some very special lumber that I purchased two years ago. I got the wood from the estate of famous American wood worker and artist, Wharton Esherick (http://www.whartonesherickmuseum.org/studio.html). This was a special chance opportunity to select some of the finest of lumber, especially at this early stage in my career. I was in the right place at the right time.
The density, color and other characteristics of these boards have a different feel than other quality woods available today. It’s hard to describe, but if you held each board you would feel the difference from others. There’s something spiritual about these boards as compared to others. Perhaps I’m feeling, in hindsight, the foresight of Esherick’s sense of quality in lumber. After all, he picked this wood out for his own personal endeavors as a wood worker, but passed before he could get to it. Does that mean he just had a lot of wood, or was he saving some of these boards because they were so special? I’ll never know, but it’s amazing to consider the story and spirit of these boards that are in my wood shop! I picked the cream of the crop, from a master craftsman’s cream of the crop!
Over the past several weeks I have been preparing for a big opportunity in my career as a luthier and business owner. In a previous blog you’ll see that I had my first CNC experience as a woodworker. With the help of my good friend at Hermance Machine Company (www.hermance.com) I participated in a CNC demo with C.R. Onsrud (www.cronsrud.com) making a few of my resonator guitar bodies. The demo was well received enough that the company is taking me to Las Vegas with them for the 2013 Association of Woodworking and Furnishing Suppliers Fair (http://awfsfair.org)! There will be hundreds of thousands of people in attendance, lots of contacts, exposure, and opportunity. It’s kind of a big deal.
In preparation I purchased a variety of aged tone woods from Lewis Lumber Products (www.lewislp.com) and other various providers in my area. There will be 24 blanks consisting of curly maple, ash, alder, African and Honduran Mahogany, black walnut, and padauk. I have done a fully detailed CAD drawing of my guitar that will instruct the CNC routing machine on what to cut, and it will do it efficiently and accurately!
While the machine demonstrates its cutting abilities, making a large batch of guitar bodies for me, I’ll be there to answer questions and demonstrate the lutherie process. I will also have one of my completed resonator guitars on display for me to play and for others to test drive. I’ll have various hard ware pieces as well as my new line of custom winds form Porter Pickups (www.porterpickups.com). With these pieces I’ll be able to do a “dry-fit” assembly and preview the further building process.
In the mean time I’ll be planning display materials, printing handouts about my business and music, and working away in the shop for the upcoming week. Then its time to fly to the deserts of the southwest.
Is there anything that you fellow bloggers would like to see at a demo like this? I’m open for suggestions and experiences. Thanks for your support and I can’t wait to show you the guitars as they progress!