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Please check out these guitars that I currently have in stock.  They are specially priced,
I think you will find them a superb value.  They can ship immediately!  All include
a nice TKL hardshell case and ground shipping (48 US states).
 
My guitars can also usually be seen and played at:

Northern Pine Studios
 
 
 
Click HERE for sound clips of my guitars!
 
If you don't see a sound sample from a guitar you are interested in, please email
me and I will record put up samples from that guitar.
 

See how I build guitars:

Steel String Guitar Construction

Classical Guitar Construction

Guitar Set-up

 

Weissenborn-style lap steel

 

These may also be of interest:

Violin construction
Major Modifications

Building a Les Paul kit

 

Classical guitar after Antonio de Torres., 1888, $2800
 
European spruce top and Amazon rosewood back and sides.  Spanish cedar nech.  Gold Schaller tuners with ebony buttons.
12-hole Brazilian rosewood bridge, ebony fretboard.  650mm scale, 52mm at the nut, 2.25 inch (standard) spacing at the bridge.
Bone nut and saddle.  This is my best attempt to reproduce the 1888 Torres.  Ebony binding.  Finish is French polish.

 

The sound is full, even, loud, and very "classic".  This guitar is very responsive and has the bright trebles and punch you expect

from Amazon rosewood and European spruce.  It also has great balance across the fretboard and solid bass.

 

You can hear Andrew York play the guitar that this guitar was modeled upon here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okbWHXwx6YA         and here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkZ0ILGCHYs

 

   

     

 

       

 


 

 

SOLD   NEW!  Classical guitar after Hermann Hauser Sr., 1937, Ex. Segovia, $1290
 
Engelmann spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides.  Spanish cedar nech.  Gold Schaller tuners with ebony buttons.
Indian rosewood bridge, ebony fretboard.  650mm scale, 52mm at the nut, standard Hauser spacing at the bridge. Bone nut and saddle.
 
This guitar has an open-pore finish of very thin polyurethane.  (It is not a "level" finish.)  It's a very thin, light, tough and acousticcally excellent finish.  It of course has a non-traditional look.
 
This classic is my best attempt to reproduce the 1937 Ex-Segovia guitar by Hermann Hauser Sr. It's a wonderful guitar that shows
its lineage straight back to Torres.  The sound is full, even, loud, and very "classic".  This guitar is very responsive and has the
bright trebles and punch you expect from Madagascar rosewood and European spruce.  It also has great balance across the
fretboard with bass to spare.  It has the sweetness of spruce but can bite and shout too.  I'd love to put this guitar in your hands.
 

    

         

 

 


 

 
 
Classical guitar after Hermann Hauser Sr., 1937, Ex. Segovia, $2290
 
European spruce top and Madagascar rosewood back and sides.  Spanish cedar nech.  Gold Schaller tuners with ebony buttons.
Brazilian rosewood bridge, cocobolo fretboard.  650mm scale, 52mm at the nut, standard Hauser spacing at the bridge.
Bone nut and saddle.  The Madagascar rosewood back and sides have lovely figure (similar to Brazilian) that's hard to
find these days (I've has this set for many years).
 
This classic is my best attempt to reproduce the 1937 Ex-Segovia guitar by Hermann Hauser Sr. It's a wonderful guitar that shows
its lineage straight back to Torres.  The sound is full, even, loud, and very "classic".  This guitar is very responsive and has the
bright trebles and punch you expect from Madagascar rosewood and European spruce.  It also has great balance across the
fretboard with bass to spare.  It has the sweetness of spruce but can bite and shout too.  I'd love to put this guitar in your hands.
 

         

     

 

 


 

 
 
 
B00 in Sitka spruce and Oregon myrtle, $1600
 
B00 with Sitka spruce top Oregon myrtle back and sides.  Scale:  24.9 inches (000 scale), neck 1-13/16 inches at the nut.
2.35 inch string spacing at the bridge.  12 frets to the neck, 18 complete frets and two more partial frets (please see the photos) for 20 total.  Rosette is lacewood with black and white accent strips.  Ebony fretboard.  Indian rosewood logo headstock plate, and bridge.  Truss rod access through the headstock.  Figured sycamore binding and trim.  This guitar has the bright, punchy tone, very similar to madrone, koa, and mango.  There's a little curl in the back and sides along with pretty bees wing / ribbon figure.  Pickguard is a TortisTM pick guard.  Gotoh tuners. Neck is white mahogany (very similar to African mahogany or "sapele").
 
Please listen to sound clips to get the idea of the typical B00 sound.
 

 

     

     

 


  
 
B000 in curly redwood and curly claro walnut, $1990
 
B000 with curly redwood top and highly curly claro walnut back and sides.  Scale:  24.9 inches (000 scale), neck 1-13/16 inches at the nut.  2.35 inch string spacing at the bridge.  14 frets to the neck, 21 total frets.  Rosette is maple burl with black and white accent strips.  Ebony fretboard, logo headstock plate, and bridge.  Truss rod access through the headstock.  Ebony binding and trim.  This guitar has a very bright, punchy tone, driven mainly by the redwood top.  The walnut provides a full sound and tone purity.  A wonderful sounding guitar.  Pickguard is a TortisTM pick guard.

 

         

 

Me, cutting the top for this guitar:

   

 

 

 

 


B00 in Sitka spruce and mango, $1590
 
B00 with Sitka spruce top mango back and sides.  Scale:  24.9 inches (000 scale), neck 1-13/16 inches at the nut.  2.35 inch string spacing at the bridge.  12 frets to the neck, 18 complete frets and two more partial frets (please see the photos) for 20 total.  Rosette is koa with black and white accent strips.  Ebony fretboard.  Indian rosewood logo headstock plate, and bridge.  Truss rod access through the headstock.  Figured sycamore binding and trim.  This guitar has the bright, punchy tone, very similar to koa; but probably even more punch than koa.  There's a little curl in the back and a little spalting on the sides (near the end pin).
 
Please listen to sound clips to get the idea of the typical B00 sound.
 

             



 
 
B00 in Sitka spruce and highly flamed walnut, $1990
 
B00 with Sitka spruce top highly flamed claro walnut back and sides.  Scale:  24.9 inches (000 scale), neck 1-13/16 inches at the nut.  2.35 inch string spacing at the bridge.  12 frets to the neck, 18 complete frets and two more partial frets (please see the photos) for 20 total.  Rosette is lacewood with black and white accent strips.  Ebony fretboard and rosewood logo headstock plate and bridge.  Truss rod access through the headstock. Rosewood binding and trim.  Check out the curl in that claro walnut!  Side to side deep curl on the back.  This guitar has the bright, full, punchy tone: Walnut and Sitka.  A perfect fingerstyle guitar.
 
Please listen to sound clips to get the idea of the typical B00 sound.
  

            

         

 


 
 
 
B00 in Sitka spruce and highly flamed koa with cutaway and abalone top trim, $2390
 
B00 with Sitka spruce top highly flamed koa back and sides with a Florentine cutaway.  Scale:  24.9 inches (000 scale), neck 1-13/16 inches at the nut.  2.35 inch string spacing at the bridge.  12 frets to the neck, 18 complete frets and two more partial frets (please see the photos) for 20 total.  Rosette is donkey shell with black and white accent strips.  Abalone accent inlay around top.  Ebony fretboard and ebony logo headstock plate.  Check out that bridge!  Gorgeous snakewood!  Snowflake front fretboard inlays from 3 through 17.    Truss rod access through the headstock.  Ebony binding and trim.  Amazing figure in the koa!  Side to side deep curl on the back.
 
This guitar has the bright, full, wonderful tone typical of koa on Sitka.  A perfect fingerstyle guitar.  Please listen to sound clips to get the idea of the typical B00 sound.

             

             

 

 

 
 
 
 
SOLD   Cutaway Flamenco in bearclaw Sitka spruce and Osage Orange, $1090
 
This is a highly unusual guitar that I built custom for a gentleman who lost his job in 2008 (constructed
in 2008; I held it hoping he'd be able to complete the purchase).  The top is bearclaw Sitka spruce
and the back and sides are Osage orange (sourced from Argentina, where they grow it large enough
for guitar wood.)  Both of these woods are excellent choices for a flamenca blanca:  Bright and
punchy.  I really love Osage orange and I will be building with it more.  This guitar has traditional
ebony tuning pegs instead of machines.  I hand-taper and fit these pegs and they are really pretty
easy to tune with (they are conditioned with "peg dope" to aid the glide-stick action.  Violin experience
comes in handy here!)  This guitar also has a soft (Venetian) cutaway with great access to the high frets
and a partial 20th fret.  This guitar has a 12-hole tie block on the bridge allowing you to use the 12-hole
tie, which I consider to be a superior tie.  Of course, the traditional tie also works with this bridge.
Spainsh cedar neck.  Side (only) fretboard markers:  2mm white mother of pearl dots at 5, 7, and 9.
 
The Osage orange has a little ripple and birdseye figure (see photos).  Headstock overlay, binding,
and trim are Indian rosewood.
 
12 frets to the body, 19 full and one partial fret for a total of 20 frets.  Scale is 650 mm.  Neck width
at the nut is 2-1/16 inches (approximately 52 mm).  String sapcing at the bridge is 2-1/4 inches.
No tap plate; I will add one or two, if desired, at no charge.
 
This guitar sounds bright and punchy and loud.  You can get nice rasgueado snap with it.
It will also sing sweetly if played by the soundhole.  You can shake some buzz out of it with the
current set up.  If desired, I will supply an additional bridge saddle to provide you the option
of switching to "classical" action height.
           (check out that bearclaw!)

 

       

 

      Cutaway detail

 

        The inside of the headstock where the

pegs are, is plugged with maple (hardwood) to improve the performance and durability of the pegs holes.  This is

entirely hidden (not visible from the outside):

    

 


 
 
 
Dreadnought with oversized Soundhole

20-May-2015:  These have all sold; but I'd be very happy to build you one, please contact me!


HD-28 style dreadnought with Tony Rice - Clarence White style oversized soundhole.  These dreads have incredible
power and great balance due to the oversized soundhole.  Play it to believe it!  This guitar has a big gas pedal
but also the balance to be an excellent fingerstyle guitar (no kidding.)
 
Sitka spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides, Honduran mahogany neck, African ebony fretboard,
bone nut and saddle, herringbone rosette and purfling, ebony binding, pinless rosewood or ebony bridge, Gotoh tuners,
truss rod access through soundhole, 1-13/16-inches neck width at the nut, 25.4 inch standard dread scale.
Includes ground shipping the 48 states and TKL model 8915 hardshell case.
 
Here are the comments from one happy owner of one of my HD-28 style guitars:
 
"Hi Jim,
 
I just bought your wonderful guitar from Paramount Guitars. I was not shoping for a new guitar but I accidently
played your hand made guitar. That was probably the best guitar I have ever played. I just wanted to thank you
personally.  It has been an unbeliavable experience to actually bring it home. I will take good care of it and if I ever
buy another guitar it will most likely be one of yours. The tone and volume is incredible
Thank you very much,
 
P.F."  March 2007 (oversized soundhole Dreadnought guitar, Sitka spruce and Indian rosewood)
 
 
 
I have 2 of these HUGE sounding guitars currently available!
They are all built to the same specs but of course woods look different.  Check out the photos to find your favorite.
Serial numbers D-2 and D-3  (Don't worry, I've made many more than 4 dreadnoughts!  These are of particular trim.)
 
SOLD    Dreadnought, Serial D-2
 

   

 


  
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SOLD   Dreadnought, Serial D-3

   

       

 

 






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