My good friend, Roy, is having a guitar made by a young new luthier from New Paltz, who is not yet known, but is breaking in at night and weekends by designing and building guitars for his friends. We shall keep him nameless as this passion is being executed while he holds his day job.
Roy is a flat picking acoustic jazz guitar player, when not on his day job. He got me re-started on my playing career when we became close friends four to five years ago. He’s been looking for a new acoustic, for many months. He did decide on buying a great Taylor, not surprising to me as he loves the Taylor neck design. But wanted more — and by chance knew this luthier who was willing to work for cost.
Roy met this luthier through his family. He’s an advertising agency type, in his early 30’s with a passion for woodworking and guitars. Together, Roy and he picked out the woods, body type neck shape, style, etc. The gallery above shows a multitude of build photos. The luthier lives near this vantage point, and regularly climbs near New Paltz, so his headstock logo takes the shape from the local out-jutting rock.