A victory for Guitarley’s

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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!

http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/576235/BLUES-TIME.html?nav=5011

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A Recent Article

Here’s a recent local press release about my music, business, being a luthier, and the dreams I chase…

http://sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/574369/A-Guitarley-life.html?nav=5016

Fretless Bass Conversion

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Fretless Bass Conversion

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.