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Bruce & Sons

I love many styles and types of instruments, but instruments from the 20’s and 30’s are my favorites. I especially love smaller bodied guitars and ukuleles, but I also have an affinity for larger bodied loud bluegrass flat-tops. My luthiery philosophy is always evolving, but I will probably never veer too far from classic shapes and styles. There is great value in honoring traditional materials and methods, though not for tradition’s sake alone. For instance, all of my instruments employ hide glue construction and are finished with shellac, varnish, or nitrocellulose lacquer, but I also use truss rods in my necks, and I do not always incorporate traditional dovetail neck joints. I’ve done a lot of dovetail neck resets, and while there are pretty reliable methods for safe neck removal; they are still intrinsically destructive. I prefer a modified mortise-and-tenon neck joint on flat top guitars because it lends itself to safer future adjustments and repairs. I also feel that the tonal quality of a well executed modern neck joint is at least as good as a dovetail joint. Some old materials and methods are superior, while some are perhaps are obsolete.

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