Eric Darnton


Guitars Octave Mandolins Materials


The guitar, in its essential elements, is a simple instrument.  Yet choices of materials, and subtle variations in dimension and design, can yield near-infinite changes in playability, volume, timbre, sustain, tonal balance, and attack characteristics—not to mention appearance.  Even for a customer who arrives with preconceived preferences—a steel-stringed Dreadnought, for example—I encourage a careful review of his or her expectations of the end result in terms of playing and listening experience.  After an initial interview, the choices of scale length, neck dimensions, body size and shape, string spacing—as well as selection of woods—can all be made to enhance collectively the desired outcome. 


An 00 size instrument with a 12 fret neck, 1.875" wide at the nut.  Sitka Spruce top with bound ebony fingerboard.
This is another 00 instrument with Brazilian rosewood back.
A modified Dreadnought body with 14 fret neck, 1.688" wide at the nut.  Sitka spruce top, curly koa back and sides, bound ebony fingerboard, herringbone rosette, clear pickguard, and a spalted curly koa peghead overlay.