Gallery of the Owner's Guitars
These Garnut Guitars are owned (and played) by the luthier. These guitars
are not actively marketed, but if you are interested in any of them,
feel free to contact the luthier with questions and/or an offer.
Click on the thumbnail image or the header to see a gallery of images for that guitar.
12-fret Slot Head Dreadnought
This Braz/Adi guitar is built with one of my better Brazilian rosewood and
Adirondack spruce sets. The body is slightly deeper than a Martin D-28
14-fret slothead. It is generally trimmed as a styel 28 guitar,
but with maple binding, herringbone purfling, and a prewar Style 21
(4/11/2014) A great sounding 12-fret dread, with lots of bass. The Braz/Adi speaks to me when I play this guitar.
(7/10/2017) The Adi top has opened up on this guitar, and the Braziian has
relaxed into its guitar-shape configuration. The mids and treble seem better
matched with the bass, now giving the guitar more of a balanced sound with
lots of volume. You can immediately detect the Brazilian and Ad
contribution just by strumming a chord on the guitar. This is a special
This Braz/Adi guitar is built with one of my better Brazilian rosewood and Adirondack spruce sets.
It is trimmed with maple binding, herringbone purfling, and a prewar Style 21 herringbone rosette.
(4/9/14) This guitar is built to closely match a prewar Style 28 dreadnought, using old growth Brazilian rosewood and Adirondack spruce top. It has a wonderful, classic dreadnought tone with great punch and resonance. The dark color with shades of brown highlights give a unique appearance to this guitar.
(7/10/2017) The mids and treble are now better matched with the bass.
You can immediately detect the Brazilian and Adi contribution just by
strumming a chord on the guitar. This might be the best-sounding
dreanought I have made.
This guitar is patterned after a classic pre war D-18 with mahogany back and sides and an Adirondack spruce top.
It differs from a D-18 in that it has an ebony rosewood fingerboard and bridge, rosewood binding, and herringbone rosette.
(9/28/2013) This is the only mahogany dread I have made. I took it to
one of Pete Wernick's jam classes in November 2014, and Pete really liked it.
Initially the action was a little high at the 14th fret, but I kept working
on the setup to get the bass E string close to 7/64". It became much easier
to play, yet still sounded like a classic D-18.
(7/10/2017) I have grown quite fond of of this guitar.
It is the guitar that made me finally really appreciate the
distinction between a rosewood and a mahogany dreadnought.
I have a Martin D-18V that has nicer finish, but it sounds a
lot like this guitar; however, the Martin
has a 1 11/16" neck, and I like the 1 3/4" neck a little better.
12-fret Slot Head 000
This guitar has a dark shade of partially quarter sawn Amazon rosewood with an artist grade Adirondack spruce top. The trim package is inspired by pre war Style 21 Martins.
(11/1/16) This is the singular Amazon rosewood guitar in the Luthier's collection. The density of this species of rosewood is noticeable in weight and tone. It is reminiscent of a rosewood dreadnought, although it has less bass and more balance across the mids and trebles. A nice representative of a unique acoustic guitar model.
(2/6/18) This guitar has become one of my favorites for noodling,
because it is so easy to play, sounds so good, and is well-suited to
fingerpicking as well as playing with a pick.
This guitar has beautiful cocobolo back and sides and a nice Engelmann spruce
top. While it completely subjective, I think that cocobolo makes a terrific
rosewood guitar. The 000 12-fret style is very versatile, and can be played
with a pick, or played fingerstyle.
(2/15/2-13) Fun to play fingerstyle, but sounds good when played with a
14-fret Orchestra Model (OM)
This guitar has the dark shade of partially quarter sawn Amazon rosewood
with an high grade European (Capathian) spruce top.
The trim package is inspired by pre war Style 21 Martins, with herringbone
rosette and ebony (rather than faux tortoise) bindings.
(3/12/18) I decided to make this guitar because I liked my 000-12 slot
head prewar style guitar. The two have similar sound, but the 12-fret
has a little more bass (since it has a little larger body). This guitar
has good balance across the bass, mids, and trebles, and is somewhat
bright (this is likely to fade as the woods begin to mature).
Malaysian blackwood is a striped ebony wood that is dense and heavy.
The European spruce top is similar to European or German spruce.
Unique (in a good way) sound. This neck is pretty wide, but very
shallow, almost like a classical guitar neck.
(March 31, 2011) This is a beautiful guitar with the striped blackwood
back and sides. The action is low, since the guitar is usually played
fingerstyle; even so, it still has plenty of volume when played with a pick.
The tone is unique, although it would probably be characterized as being
closer to rosewood than to mahogany. The European (Carpathian) spruce top
works well with the blackwood.
I like the neck, but it is not for everyone.
12-fret Slot Head 00
This lovely little guitar has a 1 13/16" fingerboard, 24.9" scale, and it is set up for fingerstyle playing.
The back and sides are medium grade Brazilian rosewood. The top wood is Adirondack spruce that is pretty stiff, meaning that it will take a while for this guitar to finish opening up (although it sounds quite nice as a new guitar). The fretboard & pyramid bridge are ebony, with pre war style 28 snowflake fretboard inlay.
(1/23/2016) This guitar is style 28 Brazilian/Adirondack guitar,
influenced by the long-lived Martin 00-21 12-fret slothead guitar.
It has outstanding tone, volume, and balance, and it is very easy to
play with its low tension strings (24.9" scale) and low action.
(7/10/2017) Just a note to say how much the guitar has opened up in the
last 18 months. The Brazilian and Adi is starting to show through in a small
guitar. I do not play it every day, but it is now what I hoped it
would be when I built it: a guitar that is small, aimed at finger style play,
on which I can sit and noodle away the hours.
Modern slope D guitars are inspired by Gibson's famous prewar slope shouldered Advanced Jumbo (AJ) and its mahogany J-35 sibling. This slope D is made with Panama rosewood back and sides with an Adirondack spruce top and CrystaLac water-borne finish. Panama rosewood is another substitute for Brazilian rosewood; it is relatively scarce, and a little less dense than Brazilian. The top is a very stiff Adirondack set.
(6/12/16) The guitar is well-made, and has a pretty good finish.
The action is set low, but there is still substantial volume and great tone
from the huge sound box and Adi top. It is a pleasure to play with a pick
or fingerstyle. It will be interesting to see how it opens up after it has
been played for a while.
(7/10/2017) Well, this guitar has really opened up in a year. I play
it in spurts, and each time I play it, I am surprised how good it sounds.
It sounds a little different from the Martin style dreads, but it is not
your usual rhythm guitar.
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