From £3000 to £4500

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Brock
Carruth
Collings
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Hatcher
Kinnaird
LeGeyt
Propsom
White
Wilborn

From £4500 to £6000

Beardsell
Beneteau
Brondel
Caldwell
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Collings
de Jonge
Doerr
Fischer
Kwasnycia
Rein
Simmons
Stehr
Wren

From £6000 to £10000

Baranik
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Circa
Fay
Franklin Guitar Co
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From £10000

Claxton
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Manzer
Matsuda
Schwartz
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Traugott

Legendary Luthiers 5: Jeff Traugott 15 October 2016

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Alan Carruth Guitars

Alan Carruth Guitars

Al Carruth is legend in the guitar making world. Here's how he got there.

I started instrument building with a mountain dulcimer kit in 1971, when I was still in the Navy. I had bought a guitar from George Bowden in Majorca, and he encouraged me to think about making guitars.

Shortly after I got out of the Navy, around 1973 or '74, I took a guitar making class with Thomas Knatt, near Boston, and went on to work with him doing repairs for a number of years. I also started to branch out into making a variety of instruments. Tom and I took a lute making class through the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, in '77, and I also started making hammered dulcimers and lap harps around that time. Tom introduced me to Carleen Hutchins in '79 or thereabouts, and I started taking her classes in violin making and acoustics about a year later. During that time I also met Fred Dickens, who started me into doing research on guitar acoustics.

I worked out of a basement shop at home that was not really satisfactory until '92, when Tom and I went into partnership in a shop in Waltham, Mass. In '96 I moved out on my own, in shop space in the town where I had lived since leaving the Navy; Dedham Massachussets. In 2002 I moved up to a farm in Newport NH, and set up a much nicer shop in my barn. Here I divide my time between building guitars and other instruments, teaching classes in instrument making, and doing research on guitar acoustics. Keeping several things in the air at once means that no one of them gets as much attention as, perhaps, one would like, and my production rate is not high. On the other hand, I continue to learn, and try to make improvements with every instrument. Each one is thus essentially a 'custom' job, different in some way from every other. I also do almost everything myself; not farming out inlays or finish work, for example.

One focus of my research for the past thirty years has been understanding why we use the woods we do, and finding substitutes for the tropical hardwoods that are becoming increasingly rare. At this point I feel confident that I can build a fine instrument with no tropical wood at all, that will have the sound, playability, and durability of the 'usual' woods, without the hassles at the borders!

  1. Carruth OOO-14 mahogany

    Carruth OOO-14 mahogany

    £3,395.00
     
    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £97.84 per month with 10% deposit

    Carruth OOO-14 mahogany from acoustic music co on Vimeo.



    Another stunning guitar from Alan and at an unbelievable price. It has the warmth of a rosewood guitar with with the clarity and definition of mahogany, fantastic.

    This might explain why the sound is so mature; from Alan. "Caribbean mahogany that I got from my violin making teacher in the '80s. She said she'd had it for forty years."

    • Sitka spruce top
    • Caribbean Mahogany back and sides
    • Brushed oil varnish finish
    • D'Addario light strings
    • 14 frets to the body
    • 25.4” scale
    • 1 23/32" nut width
    • 2 1/8" string spacing at saddle
    • 15" lower bout
    • Mahogany neck
    • Owl in plum wood, apple wood, dogwood, bone logo
    • Maple purfling
    • Morado bindings
    • Morado headstock veneer
    • Morado ebony backstrip
    • Bone position markers (with side dots)
    • Honduras mahogany, Caribbean mahogany, maple, cherry, black dyed veneer rosette
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Morado bridge
    • Waverly tuners
    • Ebony tuner buttons
    • Compensated bone nut and saddle
    • Ebony bridge pins
    • Clear pickguard
    • TKL case

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  2. Carruth OOO-12 rosewood

    Carruth OOO-12 rosewood

    £3,995.00
     
    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £115.13 per month with 10% deposit

    Carruth OOO-12 rosewood from acoustic music co on Vimeo.



    In many ways twelve frets to the body and a cutaway is the perfect combination. It gives the sweetness of the more centred bridge position and allows access all the way to the top fret.

    It definately works on this beauty from Alan. The first thing that struck me about this guitar is its lightness and ease of play, it feels like a much smaller guitar. It sounds fantastic, rich and resonant with full and well defined bass notes, complex and expressive mids, clear, precise bell-like trebles and great balance and projection. What a beaut!



    • European spruce top
    • Rosewood back and sides
    • Slotted headstock
    • Soft cutaway
    • Oil varnish finish
    • 12 frets to the body
    • 25.4” scale
    • 1 ¾” nut width
    • 2 ¼” string spacing at saddle
    • 15 ¼” lower bout
    • Mahogany/maple neck
    • Wood logo
    • Maple/black purfling
    • Curly maple bindings
    • Rosewood headstock veneer
    • Maple backstrip
    • Bone position markers (with side dots)
    • Maple/koa rosette
    • Macassar ebony fretboard
    • Rosewood pyramid bridge
    • Waverly tuners
    • Ivoroid tuner buttons
    • Bone nut and saddle
    • Ebony bridge pins
    • Clear pickguard
    • TKL case


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  3. Carruth OOO-12

    Carruth OOO-12

    Out of stock
    This is my first guitar from Alan and what a beauty it is. Check out the story of the mahogany in this link. I've been getting a lot of mahogany guitars recently and this OOO is a very good example of why, it has a very full tone and great volume with fantastic separation, and individual note definition. I've also been getting a few guitars with the twelve fret body join - known for increasing warmth - and a cutaway so you get the best of all worlds, deep resonant tone, access all the way up and great definition.

    This is a light and very responsive guitar with great playability, responding beautifully to the lightest touch or a heavy pick. If you ar looking for a versatile guitar look no further.

    • Adirondack/Red spruce top
    • 'Mahogany Mama curly mahogany back and sides
    • Recurve bevel cutaway
    • Slotted headstock
    • Brushed oil varnish finish
    • Thomastic 'Spectrum' series medium strings
    • 12 frets to the body
    • 25.4” scale
    • 1 13/16" nut width
    • 2 1/8" string spacing at saddle
    • 151/8" lower bout
    • Mahogany neck
    • Owl in plum wood, apple wood, dogwood, bone logo
    • Koa and maple purfling
    • Macassar ebony bindings
    • Macassar ebony headstock veneer
    • Macassar ebony rear headstock veneer
    • Macassar ebony backstrip
    • Bone position markers (with side dots)
    • Koa, mahogany and maple rosette
    • Macassar ebony fretboard
    • Macassar ebony pyramid bridge
    • Waverly tuners
    • Ebony tuner buttons
    • Bone nut and saddle, both compensated
    • Bone bridge pins
    • Clear pickguard
    • TKL case

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