How much do your guitars cost?
I build guitars because I love them, not because I am in the business of selling guitars; however, I have sold several guitars, caving in to pressure from friends, and friends of friends...you get the idea.
If my arm has been sufficiently twisted, and the price is agreeable to both the buyer and myself, only then will a guitar be sold. Keep in mind that the prices vary depending on the type of wood used to build the guitar.
There is an additional charge for any personalized options or appointments such as a pickup or microphone with or without active electronics, a cutaway or fall-away that you may want to have installed.
The guitars I build are "hand crafted" and they do cost more than mass produced guitars that you can buy in a music store.
I invite you to look at the guitars made by other builders; you will find some that are more expensive, and some that are less expensive than the guitars I build.
I continuously build guitars in sets of 3; 1 to show, 2 to go. Beyond that, guitars are built depending on the availability of tone woods.
When I have guitars to sell, I list them under the "Products" section of this website. If you see a guitar that interests you, please contact me, and I will invite to my shop to play it.
If you wish to purchase a Lombardi guitar after playing one, I will give you the price. If the selling price is agreeable to you and I, only then do we have a sale. I love every guitar I build, so if a guitar does not sell, it becomes part of my arsenal.
How often should I change my guitar strings?
With the advent of coated-long-life strings, the time between string changes has gotten longer. While it varies among guitarists, here is the guide line I use. If I play in the living room every day, then I change strings about every 6 weeks. If I'm playing gigs 4-5 nights per week, I'd change strings every 2-3 weeks. If I'm playing occasionally, i.e. once per week, I can go 60 days before changing strings.
Do you always use non-endangered woods for building guitars?
Most of the guitars I build are made using non-endangered woods, such as Walnut, Cedar and Spruce. I also use exotic tone woods like Rosewood and Mahogany that have been around for 30 years or more. Personally, I love to use wood that major guitar manufacturers sell to the public because it does not meet production specifications. In this manner, I am able to give the wood a second life, as well as abiding in a responsible business practice. This is good for the planet, and for all living things.
What is the truth about humidity for guitars?
Proper humidity for guitars is essential to the life of the guitar. The guitar should be stored where the relative humidity is between 45 and 55%. If the relative humidity is not in that range, then the wood has a risk of cracking, which can be a very costly repair. If the room where the guitar is stored does not have a humidifier, then it is suggested that you purchase a "Dampit" or similar product that can be stored in the guitar case.
Can you build a guitar using any kind of wood?
For the most part, yes you can; and Bob Taylor proved it by making a guitar from a pallet. Guitars are usually made using "tone woods"; essentially, this means that the wood being used produces a musical tone. Some woods, such as balsa or pine should not be used for making guitars because they wouldn't stand up to the building process. Woods like spruce, mahogany, maple, walnut and cedar are generally used for their tonal properties.
Guitar Tops: which is better?
There is no hard and fast rule that says a Cedar top is better than a Spruce top, or a Mahogany top; it is really up to the individual player's taste.