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Latest Fender Telecaster custom shop build

Western Australian York Gum Burl top supplied by yours truly.

Custom Build by Cole Clark Guitars

Tonewoods supplied by Tasmanian Tonewoods. Tasmanian Blackhearted Sassafras soundboard Tasmanian Tiger Myrtle back and sides and Blackwood neck.

Teardrop Archtop Guitar by Gary Rizzolo

The Teardrop ‘New Yorker model’ Archtop guitar was first made in 1957 by new York luthier John D’Angelico for Peter Giradi who was in a group called ‘The Teardrops’ Read more...

After D’Angelico passed away his apprentice James D’Aquisto carried on, modernizing the design of the Archtop. He made a ‘Solo model’ Teardrop Archtop guitar in 1993.

Being influenced by these makers I developed a design for a Teardrop guitar, which has an original outline for not only the body, in that it is a smaller teardrop shape than the original.

This guitar has links to both my place of birth and my fathers.

My father was born in Veneto in the north of Italy, where some of the worlds best spruce is grown. ‘Ciresa’ is one company in Italy which sources spruce for instruments. During a visit there I selected the top wood for this guitar. The Winged Lion the symbol of Veneto is inlaid on the headstock of the guitar with the Venetian lion in Mother of Pearl and hand engraved details.

I was born in Tasmania and selected the unique endemic species Huon Pine for the back and sides and Tasmanian fiddleback blackwood on the neck of this guitar. The wood for this guitar was supplied by Bob MacMillan from “Tasmanian Tonewoods”

The back of the guitar is one piece with some beautiful birds-eye grain and a hand-carved arch. Huon Pine was treated with cynoacrylate which stiffened the back enough to achieve a strong tap-tone. The spruce top is hand carved and tuned with an ‘x’ brace pattern.

The fretboard, headstock, bridge and tailpiece are made from Ebony.

A unique guitar with hallmarks of New York Italian guitarmakers; the wood and symbol of my fathers Italy; plus the woods of my Tasmanian heritage.

Paddy Burgin

Tasmanian fiddleback Mountain Ash weissenborn. Burgin guitars and Weissenborn.

Build by Nick Harris

Back and sides Tasmanian Blackhearted Sassafras, Soundboard Tasmanian old growth Blackwood. In the words of the customer: the best guitar he had ever played, the sound is absolutely amazing, it rings on for ages. I can't believe what an incredible instrument it is. Mark Bailey, the luthier in Scotland that does the luthier course, said that he had not heard a brand new guitar sound so good.

New build by Cole Clark Guitars - Grand Auditorium with Tasmanian King Billy soundboard and Huon Pine back & sides

Custom build by Santa Cruz Guitars using Tasmanian Blackwood

Maton's Tasmanian Blackhearted Sassafras Traditional.

Custom build by Head luthier Andy Allen at Maton Guitars Box Hill Melbourne Australia. Back & sides supplied by Tasmanian Tonewoods

Ukuleles using Tasmanian Sassafras and Highly Figured Blackwood

Raindrop Blackwood Ukulele built by David Aumann

Sassafras Baritone Ukulele built by David Aumann

Sassafras Tenor Ukulele #1 built by David Aumann

Sassafras Tenor Ukulele #2 built by David Aumann

Classical Guitars using King Billy and Huon Pine soundboards

Built by Bryan Rourke

Celerytop Pine Guitar

Built by by Gary Rizzolo, Rizzolo Guitars

Being a Tasmanian, I definitely an affinity with the islands beautiful woods.

I have quite a few favourite Tasmanian timbers for guitar-making and one of the stand outs is Celery Top pine, Phyllocladus aspleniifolius. In the rain forest its leaves stand out as being similar to ‘celery’ from where it takes it common name. It is slow growing and the trees can be up to 800 years old.

Its usage has been mainly in boat building and furniture making, but I love it for guitar making. I use it on the tops of my guitars and ukuleles where its straw coloured fine grain looks very similar to spruce. It is a tad heavier and quite stiff along the grain and therefore can be worked a lot thinner. To gain a similar flex to spruce it can be reduced in thickness by up to 20% or so.

When perfectly quarter sawn the growth rings are very fine around 20 to 40 annual rings per inch on average. The very fine straight grained lighter weight pieces I use for bracing stock.

Gary Rizzolo

"Hernandez" Flamenco

Built by Malcom Morgan. King Billy Top, Macrocarpra Back & Sides, Messmate Neck, Redgum Fretboard, Jarrah Bindings.

Robert's custom built Weissenborn

Built by Billy Tarrant/ Tarrant Guitars, Devonport Tasmania.

Front soundboard highly figured Tasmanian Blackwood, back and sides matching. My Mac Millan family motto included on the fretboard. Finger board inlay done by Stu Sonnyboy Forbes.


Custom Build Guitar by Jon Ward. Highly figured Tasmanian Blackwood top.

Double Bass build by Edward Gould

Tasmanian figured Myrtle.​

Taylor Guitars 2014 Fall Limited Editions

AC Alan Cringean Uber Finn R type 5.

  • Top Wood Tasmanian fiddleback Eucalyptus. Body wood butternut.
  • Accent veneer wenge – body finish Satin lacquer. 

Peter Coombe Mandolin

  • Soundboard Tasmanian King Billy
  • Back & Sides fiddleback blackwood
  • Bindings Gidgee – Fingerboard Lacewood
  • Alternative Text

Custom build by Andrew Clarke – Screaming Eagle Guitars

  • Body is Tasmanian Blackwood cap with Bluegum accent on 80 year old Australian Red Cedar
  • Neck is Tasmanian Myrtle, Blackbutt, Blackwood Laminate with Blackwood
  • Headplate and Bluegum accent Fretboard is high density fiddleback Tasmanian Mountain Ash

Custom build by Alan Cringean – AC Custom Bass & Guitars 0144 Finn R Type 6 Headless

  • Top Wood: Maracarpra
  • Body Wood: Black Limba
  • Accent Veneer: Wenge
  • Body Finish: Satin Lacquer
  • Neck Wood: Purpleheart/Wenge/Maple 28 fret 33″ scale
  • Fingerboard: Acrylic Impregnated Birdseye Heartwood Maple
  • Neck Finish: Satin Lacquer

Custom build by Alan Cringean – AC Custom Bass & Guitars 0134 recurve Classic 6

  • Tasmanian myrtle burl top & headstock swamp ash body. 7 piece Wenge
  • Maple neck and mac ebony finger board – ACG FB Humbuckers in a wenge & Myrtle burl ramp – ACG EQ03 5K Duel filter pre amp Satin finish.

Custom build by Andrew Clarke Screaming Eagle Guitars

The purple beast – Tasmanian Mountain Ash caps front top and back, Tasmanian Blackwood/Silver Ash neck, Silver Quandong core. In the words of Andrew Clarke Screaming Eagle guitars Without doubt, the most “crisp” sounding guitar he has made to date. In my mind that’s something, as everyone I have seen him build is pure craftsmanship Andrew is a great luthier.

Custom build by Andrew Clarke Screaming Eagle Guitars

Fiddleback Mountain Ash top and headplate. Spalted myrtle body plus blackwood – peppermint, Rose maghogany neck & Satin box accents.

Alan Cringean Bass – Finn classic Fretless 5

Tasmanian Myrtle burl top

P-Nut Warwick signature Bass. 111 Tasmanian Burled Blackwood

Alan Cringean build – AC custom guitars & Basses

Top Tasmanian Macrocarpa – Monterey Cypress, with Ash Wedge body.

Opal bent sides double cut by Stu Eadie, Bluestoneguitars

Tasmanian highly figured top and back – blackwood headplate – blackwood bound F.holes.
Mick Brierley Humbucker pickups.

Custom build Tenor Guitar by Chris Larkin custom guitars

Back & sides Tasmanian Fiddleback blackwood.

Acoustic build by Robert Ditterich – Dittrich Violins

Back & Sides Tasmanian Figured Blackwood – Neck Tasmanian Fiddleback Blackwood.

Salace 6 Headless – Alan Cringean AC Hand crafted Basses & Guitars

Top Tasmanian Macrocarpa

Builds by Malcolm F. Rowe Luthier

Guitar No. 001. Figured Blackwood back amp; sides & blackwood neck.
King Billy Pine soundboard.

Builds by Malcolm F. Rowe Luthier

Guitar No. 002. figured Blackwood back & sides – blackwood neck.

Builds by Malcolm F. Rowe Luthier

Guitar No. 003. Figured Blackwood back & sides, blackwood neck, King Billy Pine soundboard

Builds by Malcolm F. Rowe Luthier

Guitar No. 004. Figured Blackwood back & sides & blackwood neck.
King Billy Pine soundboard.

Tenor Ukulele build by Joe Brady

Back & Sides plus Soundboard Tasmanian Fiddleback Blackwood – Blackwood Neck – Cheesewood Bindings.

Bass by Alan Cringean AC Custom guitars & Bass

Top Tasmanian Myrtle Burl

Recurve single cut 5. 5 string Bass build by Alan Cringean AC custom guitars & Bass

Highly figured fiddleback compression Tasmanian Blackwood Top & Back

Build by Billy Tarrant – Tarrant Guitars

Tasmanian blackwood Neck, Back & Sides Huon Pine Soundboard

Lola And the Tasmanian Tonewood Trio Baritone by Andrew Clarke – Screaming Eagle Guitars

Tasmanian blackhearted sasafrass -Tasmanian blackwood & Tasmanian myrtle.

Basses by Alan Cringean AC Guitars

Basses by Alan Cringean AC Basses & Guitars Tasmanian gum vein burl.

Build by Bryan Rourke. U.S.A.

Tasmanian Fiddleback Myrtle back & sides – Tasmanian myrtle neck -myrtle burl rosette – Tasmanian Huon pine soundboard.

Stu Eadie Bluestone custom Guitars

6 string bent sides Bass Tasmanian blackhearted Sasafrass top & back.

Peter Brown

Single cutaway blackwood beauty chambered – Tasmanian blackwood top & backplate & laminated blackwood neck.

Tasmanian Eucalyptus guitar by Peter Coombe

Tasmanian Mountain ash back & sides – Tasmanian Myrtle rosette.

Guitar Build by Bryan Rourke

Tasmanian fiddleback blackwood back & sides – king billy soundboard – Tasmanian blackwood neck.

Paddy Burgin Weissenborns builds Tasmanian Fiddleback blackwood back & sides & soundboard

Weissenborn Build by Paddy Burgin

Mandolin Peter Coombe

Back & Sides Tasmanian Eucalyptus -Pickguard Tasmanian fiddleback blackwood – Bindings Tasmanian Myrtle

Asylum build Andrew Clarke

Tasmanian Fiddleback Mountain Ash top

Revelation Guitar by Andrew Clarke

Top & Headstock mottled Tasmanian blackwood and fiddleback mountain ash edging

Guitar build Jon Ward Etherealguitars

Metal Series build. Highly figured old growth Tasmanian blackwood

Guitar build Stuart Eadie – Bluestoneguitars

Tasmanian Blackhearted Sasafrass Singlecut Semi -Hollow

Tenor Ukulele by Gary Rizzolo

Back & Sides and neck wood fiddleback Tasmanian blackwood – Soundboard Tasmanian celery top.
Headstock birdseye – Huonpine.

Guitar Stuart Eadie Bluestoneguitars

Tasmanian Tiger myrtle Carvetop blackwood and purpleheart Body

Build by Bryan Rourke

Tasmanian blackhearted Sasafrass back & sides – Alpine spruce soundboard

Guitars by Chris Larkin custom guitars Ireland

Tasmanian blackwood back & sides

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