Joel Stehr Guitars
Joel Stehr is an rapidly rising star in the world of North American luthiery. I met him in California in 2011 and was very impressed with his enthusiasm and skill, and his guitars. He is mostly self-taught with some valuable input from others, emphasising creativity, design and craftsmanship.
He says "Making a guitar requires technical expertise and intuition; it is never merely a mathematical or scientific process. I build what feels right to me, allowing my senses and instincts to guide me to a finished instrument." There you have it. Training alone won't get you there, neither will intuition without some technical knowledge.
Stehr Auditorium Macassar Ebony SOLDSoldThis is my first guitar from Joel and what a début is.
It has huge and well defined bass with very rich and full mids and strong and clear trebles, fantastic balance and separation. And of course with arm and rib bevels its a dream to play.
• High figure bearclaw Sitka spruce
• Macassar ebony
• Catalysed urethane
• Venetian cutaway
• Sound port bound with ebony and maple purfling
• 13 frets to the body
• 25.4” scale
• 1-3/4” width at the nut
• 2-1/4” string spacing at the saddle
• 15-1/8” lower bout width
• Honduran mahogany with satin finish
• Stehr leaf logo
• Maple purfling for back, sides, fretboard and headstock
• Ebony bindings with arm and rib bevels
• Macassar ebony headplate, bound with ebony and maple purfling
• Macassar ebony back headplate
• No back strip
• Rectangle fretboard markers inlays
• Black and white ebony rosette
• Ebony fretboard bound with maple purfling and ebony bindings
• Ebony bridge
• Gold Gotoh 510
• Black buttons
• Bone nut and saddle
• Ebony bridge pins
• No pickguard
• TKL hardshell case with combo lock