I was obviously delighted when Barrie Temple approached me and asked if I’d make him another guitar. One does not turn down such requests.
Barrie was his usual, well organised self and had done his homework in advance. He had researched various makers and models and come up with a James Goodall Grand Concert Cutaway model that he particularly liked along with actual body dimensions and colour photographs. It was the shape and position of the cutaway that he especially liked but my brief was not to slavishly produce an exact copy but to use the information to produce an impression, using my own ideas, knowledge and design skills.
This is the kind of challenge that I love and so I produced a template for Barrie’s approval and we got a first time agreement on the basic body shape. We were very quickly able to agree on the basic materials and other design features, scale length, decoration, type of transducer system etc and so I proceeded to make the mould and get it started. Barrie had selected for himself, a nice Indian Rosewood set and Western Red Cedar top from my stock of various tonewoods.
I also agreed to provide him with a step-by-step, digital photographic record of his guitar in progress, something I’m happy to do for all those clients who wish to have the history of their instruments construction, recorded for posterity. I decided not to post these photos on the website as I’d done a similar exercise with Mike Slaughter’s J50 guitar but here is the new “TEMPEST” model, in the white, just prior to it going to Dave Wilson for finishing.
Its great to produce an instrument in collaboration with a friend and client in this way.