Aluminum Maccaferri 2019

The Specimen Maccaferri has been given new life! Updates include new machining with one piece back and sides and a new piezo/magnetic, mono/stereo output. The prototype is almost complete and a small batch of eight is soon to follow. These will be available on a first come first serve basis. Reserve your The Specimen Maccaferri today.

Aluminum Maccaferri 2019


An electric Harp Guitar takes shape


Just in time for spring, twining vines creep up the neck of this electric harp guitar. In the lower picture the lacquer is buffed out and the electronics are being installed.


Blank Canvas on an Autumn morning

I just happened to have made a Luddite neck blank with an extra long headstock graft. I then just happened to have a remnant of an ebony side set that was the same length as my long graft. I thought to myself “Why not?” I used this as the head plate. So here we have an extra long Luddite headstock slotted and ready to go. I am brewing up a number of possibilities for the project. Hmmmmmm…….


Specimen Repair Journal – Rickenbacker 208

On the repair bench is a Rickenbacker 208 double neck steel guitar, produced in the post-war era. An antique coveted for the sound of its pickups. The History page of the Rickenbacker website states that in the 1930’s and ’40s Sol Hoopii and Dick McIntyre, two popular Hawaiian steel guitarists, played Rickenbackers on influential recordings.




Joining a Buckeye burl body cap

Roughing out the book matched stack with a power edge sander

Behold the beautiful alignment of the burls outer skin

Using a shooting block to further tame and square the edges

Using the slab for the final truing against a fence

Using two fences clamped down tight with wedge clamp blocks to put the squeeze on. A center weight and two clamps keep the seam flush

Rorschach imagery of the finest kind

Locating the splendor of the buckeye burl within the silhouette of the translucent body template


Joining flame maple top plates

After Running the top plates through the jointer with one side reversed we have a truly matching joint but one with a little tear out that would leave pits.

By elevating the top plate and running a square shooting block along the edges we can get under the tear out.

Using yellow wood glue, wax paper, and tapered wedge clamps a perfect joint is achieved.


Aluminum Electric Ukulele

It is time again to unleash the bandsaw and drill press in the glorious ritual of machining aluminum for new Specimen bodies.

This tailpiece is carved out of a billet of aluminum

Holes are drilled to lighten the structure.

Old warhorses in repose



Headstock Repair: SG

After cleaning up a bit, I waxed the truss rod threads and cavity. I then injected glue deep into the crevices, hoping for full penetration.

I clamped the break tightly

After cleaning up the joint with sandpaper and dowels, I sprayed primer, then black lacquer, then clear lacquer. After curing for a few days I buffed out the job and reassembled. The repair is invisible.

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