The instruments we have made

SI150001
Dreadnaught Martin style.
Malcolm built this at Blackforest under the guidance of Doug McLean. This Dreadnought acoustic is labelled as our first official build. Ebony back and sides, sitka spruce soundboard, purple heart headstock

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SI150002
Railcar Telecaster
Malcolm’s first electric guitar. Built in LaRivierre Manitoba under the guidance of Jeremy Hamm (Hamm-Tone Guitars) swamp ashe body, walnut neck and century old oak salvaged from an original Canadian rail car (floor spike included)

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SI160004
00 Parlor
Malcolm also built this with the guidance of Jeremy Hamm (Hamm-Tone Guitars) this instrument challenges the conventional bracing techniques and standard shape of the common parlor guitar. Learning under Jeremy and staying with his family was an honour and a significant learning experience for Malcolm

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SI160005
Dreadnaught Martin Style.
Gord built this at Blackforest under guidance of Doug McLean. Hard rock maple back and sides, sitka spruce soundboard, mahogany neck with maple laminate, maple headstock with mahogany inlay.

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SI160006
Kit Stratocaster
This kit guitar was made by Gord as part of a repair course he attended in Manitoba at Hamm Tone Guitars

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SI170007
000 Cutaway
Made under the guidance of David Gilmore at Gilmore guitars in Red Deer Alberta. Short scale length with a cedar top, sapele back and sides and a mahogany neck.

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SI170008
00 Parlor
Actually slightly smaller than the 00, this is the first guitar built in our studio at home. This guitar has a dark cedar top, black limba back and sides, black hardware and accents, movingui / mahogany neck. I named this guitar Blacky

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SI170009
Soprano Ukulele
Mahogany sides, back and neck, ebony headstock and spruce top. Corian nut and saddle.

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SI170010
Soprano Ukulele
Mahogany sides, back and neck with a sitka spruce top. Purple heart bindings, headstock and inlay between fret board and neck. Corian nut and saddle. This is my first attempt at a Spanish Join.

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SI170011
Tenor Ukulele
Mahogany sides, back and neck with a sitka spruce top. Black limba headstock, end graft and inlay in the back. Corian nut and saddle.

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SI170012
Lots of maple. Maple Back, sides, neck, and fretboard, even maple rosette and end graft. Sitka spruce top with some black / ebony accents. This OM guitar was made with the goal of creating a pickers guitar, thinner neck with tone being a bit bright and brace sculpting aimed at accentuating treble tones. Now if only I new how to play guitar I would know if I succeeded.
I named his guitar Whitey


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SI170013
Tenor Ukulele
Cedar top and mahogany sides, mahogany back with cedar inlay, and mahogany neck. Blue corian accents


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SI170014
Tenor Ukulele
Spruce top with mahogany inlay, mahogany back with spruce inlay, mahogany sides and neck with mahogany accents

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SI170015
Tenor Ukulele
Spruce top, Mahogany body and neck. Corian headstock and end graft

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SI180016
P Bass
Malcolm’s Mr. Bluecollar. Spruce body and plywood pickgaurd, Maple neck with a mahogany laminate and rosewood fingerboard.

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SI180017
Cigar Box Guitar
Our first CBG. Partagas Cuban body with maple neck, black walnut fretboard, headstock and bridge. Single piezo pickup. Grover Tuners

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SI180018
Cigar Box Guitar
Cigar Box Guitar #2. Camacho body, maple neck with mahogany laminate, black walnut fret board, headstock and bridge. Piezo bridge pickup and a single coil neck pickup. 3 way toggle switch with volume and tone pots. Grover tuners

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SI180019
Cigar Box Guitar
Cigar Box Guitar #3. Casa Turrent body, maple neck with mahogany laminate, black walnut fret board, headstock and bridge. Piezo bridge pickup and Grover tuners

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SI180020
Tenor Ukulele. All black walnut with Grover tuners

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SI180021
Cigar Box Guitar
Cigar Box Guitar #4. Cohiba body, maple neck with mahogany laminate, mahogany fingerboard and Grover tuners. Malcolm built this as a wedding gift for his friends, note the headstock engraving.

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SI180022
All hands on deck, the ADMIRAL has arrived. This cigar box guitar isn’t a cigar box at all, it is a late 1950’s Admiral radio. I was able to use the original volume pot and nob, added a single coil pickup, movingui neck with mahogany laminate, vintage style Kluson Deluxe tuners and white corian nut/saddle/tail. I don’t think the pictures do this one justice.

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SI180023
Meet the Judge, or more formally, Judge Dread (naught) the Banjo Slayer. The inspiration came from a friend a couple of years ago when he was talking about the difficulty finding a guitar that could keep up with the volume of a banjo. The Judge has a pre war forward shifted X brace, a full 5″ deep body and double laminated, very stiff sides. I think I succeeded in making a guitar that has huge volume without any sacrifice in sound. The Judge has Honduran mahogany neck, back, and sides, (sides also have two .020 walnut veneers). Movingui inlays, end graft and headstock and spruce top. The neck shape is a modified v.

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SI190024

Ele Tele #1

The top of this telecaster is a reclaimed piece of plywood from a grain elevator. A century of grain randomly moving against it carved it into a very interesting 3D surface. It was leveled with clear epoxy and mounted on a body of ash and black walnut. Maple neck with black walnut laminate and headstock, and a maple fretboard. Ibanez True Duo humbuckers and 3 way blade switch.

 

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SI190025

Ele Tele #2

Top is from the same reclaimed plywood as Ele Tele #1, this one has a black walnut body, neck and headstock and Indian rosewood fretboard. D’Addario 18/1 auto trim locking tuners, Seymour Duncan hotrod humbucker and P90. Also used a push / pull volume pot to ground out the humbucker slug coil in the up position making it a single coil. This allows for 5 different available sounds.

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SI190026

Padron Cigarbox

Black walnut neck, Grover tuners, piezo pickup

SI190027

Casa Turrent Cigarbox

Maple neck with mahogany laminate, Grover Toners, P bass pickup

SI190028

OM (style) named Coco

Torrified spruce top, sapele sides, mahogany back and neck both with movingue inlay, santos rosewood fingerboard, cocabola bridge and headstock.

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SI190029

3/4 size 4 String Tele

Named Little Joy because it’s small and made from my friends mothers dining room table. Mystery particle board with mahogany laminate, black walnut neck, mahogany fingerboard and headstock, Grover tuners.


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SI190030

Short Scale Bass

Malcolm built this spectacular bass. Spalted maple body, spalted maple neck with movingui laminate, ash back and white ebony fingerboard. Gold hardware and frets and a Seymour Duncan Hot Stack Jazz Bass pickup.

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SI190031

Telecaster

This is the second guitar made from my friend’s mother’s dining room table. The body is mahogany veneer over particle board and has been significantly hollowed out to reduce weight. Black walnut neck with a santos rosewood laminate and santos rosewood fingerboard and Golden Age single coil pickup. Her name is Joy.

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SI200032

Telecaster

PBR Guitar (Pabst Blue Ribbon). The guitar top is heart pine 1×6 paneling from the 1870s Pabst brewery in Milwaukee. Thanks to Darren Cunningham Urban Timber Reclaimed Wood Co. for the wood and the idea. The back is ash died blue, ebony fingerboard, maple neck with aspen laminate and the pickups are Golden Age Vintage humbuckers. Instead of dots, the fingerboard has SI logos for frets 3 and 12 and PBRs for the rest. The headstock, control cover, and back inlay are Pabst beer cans flattened and epoxied. I’m really happy with this guitar, it finished at 6lbs 10oz so nice and light, well balanced and sounds great.

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SI190033

Black walnut ukulele with a purple heart bridge, corian nut and saddle, and Grover tuners

Tenor Ukulele

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SI190034

Tenor Ukulele

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SI200035

OM Guitar

This OM guitar has a maple body and back, movingui back inlay and end graft, movingui neck with maple laminate, blond ebony finger board and Kluson Deluxe tuners. We had a schnapps party a week ago and I asked the guests to come up with a name, which basically failed but a wee incident involving some broken crystal has rendered the name, forever forward to be known as Waterford.

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SI200036

OM Guitar

This is a beauty that Malcolm built, his first acoustic in our shop / studio. Torrified spruce top, maple bridge, santos rosewood finger board, sapele back and sides, maple bindings and mahogany neck with maple laminate. Accents are chevrons so her name is Chevelle. Extra features, the fingerboard is a compound 16 – 10 radius and the neck has a compound profile transitioning from a modified V at top and a low C towards the body.

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SI20037 & SI20038

Tenor Ukuleles

The Twins

Almost identical twins, 37 has a sapele top and back while 38 has a sapele top and mahogany back. 37 is the free spirited flower child while 38 is a bit more complex with two tone tail cap and saddle. Both have corian headstock, nut, saddle, end graft, and tail caps. Grover tuners on both.

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SI200039

Parlor Guitar

This parlor guitar is named Joseph. It is made with a sitka spruce top and braces, sapele veneer inside sides, mahogany kerfing, black walnut sides and back, movingui bindings and neck (neck also has a black walnut laminate), wenge fingerboard and wenge bridge, blue corian nut and saddle, and coloured epoxy for the headstock, tail cap and end graft. Gotoh tuners.

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SI210040

Not Sure

Well I Made it, not sure what it is but I made it. This is the direct result of listening to The Ozark Mountain Daredevils multiple days in a row, especially Chicken Train. I dreamed this, remembered the dream and decided to build it. I think I’ll call it a 3 string Bo Diddley washtub electric cigar box cellotair. Malcolm Strasdin is currently the worlds best player and he has about 5 minutes experience

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SI210041

Stratocaster

This is Betty, and although very pretty she’s a b**ch. She’s a very pretty stratocaster, flat black with BWB gloss pickguard, blond ebony fingerboard , maple neck with movingui laminate, and Golden age Vintage HSS pickups. Betty is a lightweight coming in at 5.5 lbs. An extra detail I tried just to see if I could, I put a binding on the fretboard and filed the binding over each fret end. The b**ch part is she should have been finished 5 weeks ago but gave me all kinds of trouble, the largest of which was a paint issue that would not cure. After many rescue attempts including baking in the oven I finally had to give up, scrape and sand, and start over with the finish. She’s finally done, sounds good and feels good.

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