The Steel City
“A contemporary classic”

An ambitious instrument this was designed as a “contemporary classic”. I studied “traditional” archtops from Germany, France and the US from the 1930’s and 50’s and used the elements I saw to create an instrument that is fresh and new but seemingly rooted in more traditional design. The most important aspect of this instrument though is the tone. I designed and built this instrument from the inside out around the tone of the very best of the late 20’s and early 30’s Gibson L-5. Airy, precise, quick and acoustically large without being muddy. This guitar projects and has an amazing acoustic tone not heard in modern archtops.

The Steel City Showcase