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Dake Traphagen Guitars

Dake Traphagen Guitars

So many people told me about how great Dake's guitars are that I decided to invite him to join the TAMCO stable. I was delighted when he accepted.

Here some of his history.

Becoming a luthier was a very pleasant surprise in life. As a young boy my parents and I purchased a viola from a violin maker and repairman who told me "you have workman's hands". An interesting thing to say to a budding musician, but in the end, it was true. As it came to pass, nearly twelve years later in 1972 , I began my studies as a violin maker/ repairman with this very man, Mr. Ed Hunnington, in California.

My mother, of course, had her hand in this "surprise". In 1970, desperately searching for a Christmas present for a son who was interested in everything, she, for some reason, bought me a Dulcimer kit. I so enjoyed building that instrument on the dining room table of my apartment, using a couple of hand tools and books for clamps, I had to try building another which eventually led to other types of folk instruments.

Another craftsmen friend encouraged me to build a guitar. With some trepidation I did, and then I built another and another and so on. Two whirlwind years later, I was studying violin making and repair while serving a two year apprenticeship with the above mentioned luthier.

Then I opened my own repair shop in the basement of a music store, where I repaired and restored every type of acoustic stringed instrument imaginable. I continued building as well. My tool collection grew along the way, to where I had more than just books to use as clamps. Hand tools prevailed as they still do today.

In 1976 I went to Europe and studied extant instruments in many of the famous museums. With encouragement from Michael Lorimer, I also spent a month working intensely with the well known Dutch lute and guitar maker, Nico van der Waals.

I returned home to feed my passion for luthiery. Five years of college was enough for me. Building guitars, many styles of lutes, vihuelas, harpsichords, baroque guitars, harps etc., and keeping my hand in repair and restoration, I worked fifteen hours a day or more, often seven days a week. The desire to attain a deeper understanding of my art burned in me.

Over twenty five years later, the passion to build the finest instruments possible is stronger than ever. I've narrowed my focus to primarily classical and flamenco guitars, and a few 19th century and baroque guitars. This continued drive has, of course, been fueled by too many people to mention. To them I owe a great deal of thanks, and to my many customers I promise to put all my experience and knowledge into each instrument I build. What else can I possibly do; I can't help myself.

  1. Traphagen HRS - Italian Spruce & Honduran Rosewood

    Traphagen HRS - Italian Spruce & Honduran Rosewood

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    Here’s a special offer on a special guitar that has, what some might say, are ‘issues’. We’ve had the guitar in the shop for a while now. During that time it has done its own ‘relic job’ by developing lacquer checking across the whole surface of the Spruce top. The back, sides and neck are unaffected.

    Anyone who knows a bit about the ‘lacquer checking’ that is added to modern custom shop electric guitars will understand what I mean by a ‘relic job’. There is absolutely no adverse effect to the tone or the overall loveliness of the guitar, it sounds wonderful, it’s just not something that you usually find on an expensive handmade acoustic guitar. There's an image of the lacquer checking below.

    The fret ends on the lower side of the neck could do with a little tidying up too though playability is very good as it is.

    There’s not much room left in the saddle for those who like an ultra-low action though the current action is great for fingerstyle.

    We don’t currently have the services of a luthier so we are therefore offering this guitar at £2,995, a massive £4,000 discount! Yes, you can own a seven grand guitar that you might not have been able to afford.

    Feel free to make us a cheeky offer as long as you don’t mind a cheeky response.

    Top - Italian Spruce
    Back & sides - Honduran Rosewood
    Neck - Mahogany
    Fretboard - Ebony
    Case - Black hardshell arched case

    Frets to the body - 14
    Scale length - 25.4"
    Neck profile - C
    Nut width - 44.8mm
    Nut spacing - 7.3mm
    Bridge spacing - 11.4mm
    Action fret 1 low E - 0.5mm
    Action fret 12 low E - 2.75mm
    Action fret 1 high E - 0.3mm
    Action fret 12 high E - 2.25mm
    Lower bout width - 14 13/16"
    Upper bout width - 11.22"
    Body depth at base - 4.13"

    Amazon rosewood purfling - Amazon rosewood bindings - Honduran rosewood headstock veneer Honduran rosewood backstrip - No position markers (with side dots) - Black palm rosette Honduran rosewood bridge - Schertler tuners - Ebony tuner buttons - Bone nut and saddle Rosewood bridge pins - Clear pickguard

    Traphagen HRS - Italian Spruce & Honduran RosewoodTraphagen HRS - Italian Spruce & Honduran RosewoodTraphagen HRS - Italian Spruce & Honduran Rosewood

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