This guitar being made available is a one of a kind, custom solidbody that was built by Dave Howard of Spiritwood Guitar and features amazing inlays by Craig Lavin. The inlays are of Orca's and their habitat. The Serial Number of this guitar is 1 of 1.
In 1986 Dave received a grant from the Ohio Arts Council to study instrument repair with Roger Thurman, a well known luthier in Kent, Ohio. He continued to work in his shop, honing his skills and expanding his knowledge of the craft, until 1992. Dave then then spent five years working for a patternmaking shop, all the while continuing to build up his own instrument repair shop. During this time Dave also developed an appreciation for fine antique tools, my favorites being hand planes and chisels. After a two year stint working for John Strauss, a French trained cabinet maker, Dave finally made the decision to do repair work full time. With the tools, machines, skills and knowledge that he spent years accumulating, he now run a successful repair shop out of my home. During this time, Dave received another Ohio Arts Council grant to study mandolin making under the guidance of Doug Unger.
Craig Lavin has stated - "I love creating the marine life pieces, and consider those my specialty. Each and every one is unique, a one off, never to be repeated (as are all of the more complicated works)." There are many incredible marine life artists out there, but in the world of inlay and luthiery, no one else likely is as well know for developing the genre as Lavin. Craig has done sea life and nature pieces for CF Martin guitars, Kamaka ukuleles, Kanilea ukuleles, Jordan electric violins, Olsen guitars, Bishline Banjo’s, Lowden guitars, Fodera basses, Laurie Williams guitars, Hoffman guitars, John and Steven Kinnaird guitars, Guitarist Don Alder, as well as for a great many private collectors and small quantity hand build luthiers around the world. Lavin’s works are in many large private collections, and occasionally public museums. His works have been the subject of articles in guitar building magazines, and they have had the privilege of gracing the cover of both the Blue Book of acoustic guitars, and the Blue Book of electric guitars, as well as John Fellman’s “Meeting the Makers, Minnesota’s Finest Guitar Builders”
This is a beautiful guitar and an amazing example of the Art of Guitar. The beautiful quilted maple top has a gray stain while the sides and back of neck features a gray to blue sunburst.
TOP - QUILTED MAPLE
BACK - MAHOGANY WITH AN EBONY CAP
NECK - MAPLE
FINGERBOARD - EBONY
WEIGHT - 7.6 LBS
TUNERS - SCHALLERS WITH BUTTONS INLAID TO MATCH HEADSTOCK
PICKUPS - SEYMOUR DUNCAN
WIDTH AT NUT - 1 5/8"
WIDTH AT BRIDGE - 2"
SCALE - 24.75"
FRETS - 24
WIDTH OF UPPER BOUT - 9"
WIDTH OF LOWER BOUT - 12 7/8"
NECK RADIUS - 12"
This guitar is located in Northern CA and available for inspection by appointment.
Reasonable offers are accepted. We will ship internationally. Shipping determined by buyers location.
|2003||Near Mint||Gray - Gray-Blue Sunburst||Hard|
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