Peter Stephen of Christchurch is one of NZ's foremost Luthiers. He produces
small numbers of finest quality stringed instruments from orchestral basses
to classical, flamenco and jazz guitars.
I have been a professional classical-guitar player for over two decades so
the following custom specs reflect my preferences:
Main timbers: Hand carved Walnut top, Maple neck, Tasmanian Blackwood
(contoured) back. The body has chambers to reduce weight and facilitate an
open woody tone.
23 fret compound-radius Ebony fingerboard deliberately free of inlay. Long
(Fender) scalelength approx 650mm (I forget exact length).
String-spacing: at nut 43mm, at saddle 55.5mm. This neck is for the real
business, not a prissy skinny-job with cobweb strings.
The glued heel is contour shaped for comfort and upper position access, no
horrible Les Paul type step/lip at heel/binding join.
Hand-carved Ebony and 'nubone' bridge-saddle. Carved Ebony pickup surrounds,
knobs. The volume knob is positioned to enable easy access for swell.
Kinman Hx "Woodstock" frontSeymour Duncan "59'er" rear
Note the front strap mount, this gun-black rod can be easily removed
(unscrewed) and replaced with another pin that sits flush to the body when
required. The long mount places the strap in the same position as the
upper-horn on a Strat-style guitar does. Good bye to Les Paul style aches in
OK, so I had to wait two and a half years for delivery, but this instrument
walks all over big name factory instruments from Gibson, Fender etc.