What makes a Tom Lyons Guitar?
Primavera. Mahogany. Maple. Sapele. Cocobolo. Rosewood. Wenge. And many others. Sometimes a one piece body, sometimes a 2 piece. If it is a 2 piece, the grain will match like it was meant to be that way. I try to use single piece bodies whenever I can but finding a nice piece 13 inches wide is getting pretty tough these days and is guaranteed to pull a premium price. Dare to be different. A classic shape, that can be massaged in so many ways.
Block inlay on a rosewood fretboard
A couple of mahogany neck blanks
A chunk of maple ready for resawing to become tops
Bound cocobolo headstock
Shaping the arm bevel
Shaping the neck heel
Getting the bridge placed
Hand cut fretboards
Gluing up a top
Hollow body glue-up
Primavera body with a claro walnut back and fresh cut pick guards
copyright 2012 - 2019
Soon to be neck for a neck-thru bass
This is a current project in the works. The body is alder. The art is burned into the wood by my Navy brother Brian McCauley. Brian starts by drawing the idea onto a sheet of paper, inside the outline of the guitar body. Once we get the details and vision on paper, he will re-draw onto the guitar, then burn and shade the art. Brian is a very talented artist in many forms and this is the second creation we've worked on together. Brian is available for commision and can be reached by email at SBURATT93@YAHOO.COM