How it works
Each single element in the construction of a guitar is carved from a raw bit of dried, dead tree! It’s made of wood and that’s where the fun starts; choosing your colors and grains; textures, patterns and designs. Touching, feeling, smelling the raw material that will come to life, glowing proudly, refined and majestic as a finished guitar. Before you know it, you will have a large assortment of very accurately planed and shaped pieces of dead tree (wood). Slowly but surely they will be glued together with the help of Ramon’s jigs and fixtures – of which he is a master and you will be thankful.
The day the front and back meet the sides and neck, is like putting the roof on a house. You can see yourself in your armchair in front of the TV – or in this case, you can hear the music. From that point on you are racing to the finish line, scraping, sanding, fettling and finishing, ready for the dreaded spray booth. No matter how good you ‘think’ you have prepared your instrument; lacquer will show up every defect there is – especially the first coat. However, with patience and perseverance the day comes when the bridge and machine heads are fitted and finally the strings are tensioned and tuned.
How it feels – and in conclusion
Taking an instrument in your hands – made by your own hands and hearing the sounds that hit your ears for the first time is……well, we all have our own ‘wow’ moment to compare (mine was in the back of Mini in 1971). The sound quality goes beyond ‘shop bought’, no matter how much you pay; my guitar delivers more; is worth more.
Ramon has a well equipped work shop, from the smallest plane in the world! (Believe me, I saw him sharpen it) to thickness sanders and the sharpest chisels I have ever had in my hands. He is passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable and I would recommend anyone, at any level, to work with him; be guided and taught to achieve their dream. I did.
Dick McKechnie, May 2013