Ken Franklin Acoustic Guitars

Ken builds beautiful guitars in his workshop in Ukiah California. He says he always loved the beauty and versatility of wood and thinks a great guitar can be built with many different tonewoods if you have a working knowledge of the species. That takes time and experimentation but the journey can yield guitars with a unique voice and character. He’s found which woods and body styles are best for different types of music and different player’s individual needs.

“I like a thoughtfully proportioned shape with graceful curves. Having been involved with various creative endeavours over the years I’ve found that working in other mediums has given me a well-developed critical artistic eye which is very useful for designing guitars. I’m always looking for ways to make a better, more beautiful guitar than the last one I made.”

“I pay close attention to tight and clean construction. That allows for the full potential of the wood to ring out. I tap tune throughout the building process to listen for the changes that thicknessing and brace carving create. It’s all about the tone and what a player can get from an instrument. I want the guitar to sound consistently responsive regardless of where it is played on the fretboard. I strive to build guitars that encourage players to expand their possibilities and allow them to go in new directions.”

  1. Ken Franklin Carnelian - Adirondack & Paduak

    Ken Franklin Carnelian - Adirondack & Paduak

    Out of stock

    Ken does it again. A stunningly beautiful guitar (my favourite rosette so far) with fantastic sound at an unbelievable price. He hasn't filled the pores and while it makes it a little tricky to photograph it looks amazing, three dimensional and very tactile.

    The sound is very full and open, lively but warm and balanced.. my kind of guitar.

    Its my first in guitar padauk and it certainly won't be the last.

    • Adirondack top
    • Padauk back and sides
    • Oil varnish finish
    • D'Addario EXP 16 strings
    • 14 frets to the body
    • 25.4” scale
    • 1 ¾” nut width
    • 2.19” string spacing at saddle
    • 15.25” lower bout
    • Peruvian walnut neck
    • Wenge logo
    • Maple purfling
    • Wenge bindings
    • Padauk headstock veneer
    • Peruvian rear headstock veneer
    • Wenge backstrip
    • Maple position markers (with side dots)
    • Padauk, ebony, maple rosette
    • Macassar ebony fretboard
    • Ebony bridge
    • Gotoh 51o mini tuners
    • Gold tuner buttons
    • Bone nut and saddle
    • Gonçalo alves/ Chinese pistache bridge pins
    • Clear pickguard
    • Ameritage custom case


    Ken Franklin Carnelian - Adirondack & PaduakKen Franklin Carnelian - Adirondack & PaduakKen Franklin Carnelian - Adirondack & Paduak


  2. Ken Franklin Rita SJ - Adirondack & Bubinga

    Ken Franklin Rita SJ - Adirondack & Bubinga

    Out of stock
    Every bubinga guitar I have had has been wonderful and this gorgeous SJ from Ken is no exception. Its a very versatile guitar with beautiful 'fat' and well defined bass, expansive mids and bright, clear trebles. Its very expressive with fantastic balance and projection, responding beautifully to the pick and fingerstyle.

    • Adirondack top
    • Bubinga back and sides
    • Oval soundport
    • 14 frets to the body
    • 25 ½” scale
    • 1 ¾” nut width
    • 2 3/16” string spacing at saddle
    • 15 ¼” lower bout
    • Sipo neck
    • Maple purfling
    • Ebony bindings
    • Bubinga headstock veneer
    • Bubinga rear headstock veneer
    • Wood position markers (with side dots)
    • Bubinga, ebony and maple rosette
    • Macassar ebony fretboard
    • Macassar ebony bridge
    • Gotoh 510 tuners
    • Black tuner buttons
    • Bone nut and saddle
    • Ebony bridge pins
    • Clear pickguard
    • Hardshell case

    Ken Franklin Rita SJ - Adirondack & BubingaKen Franklin Rita SJ - Adirondack & BubingaKen Franklin Rita SJ - Adirondack & Bubinga


  3. Ken Franklin Elsie - Adirondack & Oak

    Ken Franklin Elsie - Adirondack & Oak

    Out of stock
    Ken made the back and sides of this beauty form an old oak dresser from the 1940s. I've been wanting to get an oak guitar since I heard that Hans Brentrup was working with it and getting great results.

    It has a remarkable deep and rich sound with fantastic balance and warmth with separation and clarity.

    • Adirondack spruce top
    • Oak back and sides
    • 13 frets to the body
    • 25.4” scale
    • 1 ¾” nut width
    • 2 1/4" string spacing at saddle
    • 14” lower bout
    • European maple neck
    • Macassar ebony bindings
    • Oak headstock veneer
    • Oak rear headstock veneer
    • Macassar ebony backstrip
    • MoP side dots
    • Oak, Macassar ebony, and maple custom rosette
    • Macassar ebony fretboard
    • African ebony bridge
    • Gold mini Gotoh 510 tuners
    • Bone nut and saddle
    • Ebony bridge pins
    • No pickguard
    • Travelite case

    Ken Franklin Elsie - Adirondack & OakKen Franklin Elsie - Adirondack & OakKen Franklin Elsie - Adirondack & Oak


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