Posted By carter on February 8, 2017
Posted By carter on January 24, 2017
Rough carved F-5 top and back.
Adirondack red spruce and curly rock maple.
Posted By carter on October 20, 2014
Just finished up this L-27 and handed it off to its happy new owner. The back and sides are quilted bubinga; the top is Sitka spruce; and the headcap and accents are spalted, curly maple.
Posted By carter on July 27, 2014
The workpiece, some tools, some of the subject to go by, and of course my knee.
Posted By carter on July 11, 2014
Just finished inlaying this headstock. The headcap is spalted curly maple that came from a tree in our backyard. (I’ve got a stack of them!) I hope the guy buying this guitar likes it!
Posted By carter on March 14, 2014
This rosewood OM is on the market and available. Indian rosewood back and sides, Engelmann spruce top, ebony bridge and fingerboard with wraparound position markers, and hop vine carving on the neck heel. A pickguard can be added upon request. Asking price $3000.00. Call (207)522-6792 to inquire.
Posted By carter on January 8, 2014
Just recently completed an archtop guitar for a client. In answer to his stated desire for a small-bodied, f-hole archtop with a strong bass, I produced this model. The body shape is based on a Gibson L-1 (roughly 00 sized). To enhance the low end, I made the back and sides from mahogany rather than maple, and made the rib an extra deep 4″.
This guitar has nice top end sparkle, a round bottom end, and plenty of power. First time in a long time I’ve not wanted to let a sold instrument go. When I figure out the technicals, I’ll post a sound recording I made of it before I handed it off.
Now I just need to build another one!
Posted By carter on December 4, 2013
Every guitarist, young or old, beginner or seasoned pro, wants the same thing: a custom guitar made just for them. This Christmas, let the guitarist in your life find a card under the tree telling them that their dream is coming true — a custom guitar by Subterranean Music Works will be theirs. They can talk to the luthier and work with him to design the guitar that’s perfect for them. They’ll probably cry.
Contact me today, Grayish Wednesday, and get a 10% discount off the final price of the instrument.
Not only that, but you’ll be making your favorite guitar player’s dream come true!
Posted By carter on July 26, 2013
I’ve finally made time to post these pictures of the guitar I made for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick. Troy Bennett of the Bangor Daily News took these pictures in my shop the day I delivered the guitar to its new (and still happy now, months later) owners.
This guitar was made of wood salvaged from pews that were rescued from the church building that burned down. The back, sides and neck are ash (think baseball bats and Telecasters), and the soundboard is pine from the seat of the pew.
This guitar has a strong, mid-rangey sound, with nice note separation and chime.