“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with Sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirely by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a drill press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

Japanese Luthiers Saws

From top: Japanese dozuki saw, Japanese ryoba saw,
double edged razorsaw, and double edged flush cut razorsaw

All the Japanese luthiers saws featured here are pull saws – they cut only on the pull stroke. Cutting on the pull stroke tends to keep the blade straighter which in turn allows for a thinner blade. A thinner blade results in less friction and a fast and controlled cut with a high degree of accuracy.