The ArchTop – Wyatt Wilkie

A Documentary by Darcy Muenchrath

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Please contact us for current guitar and mandolin pricing, or with any questions you may have. A 25% down payment is required before work begins. Balance is to be paid before delivery of instrument.

 

Wyatt Wilkie can be reached at (250) 871-4329
email: wyatt@wilkiestringedinstruments.com

The ArchTop – Wyatt Wilkie
A Documentary by Darcy Meunchrath

Contact us Today!

Please contact us for current guitar and mandolin pricing, or with any questions you may have. A 25% down payment is required before work begins. Balance is to be paid before delivery of instrument.

Wyatt Wilkie can be reached at (250) 871-4329
email: wyatt@wilkiestringedinstruments.com

Guitar Models

Wilkie builds several models of archtop guitar, each instrument meticulously hand-crafted and a Wilkie original. Wyatt served his apprenticeship with renowned archtop guitar builder Bob Benedetto.

Mandolins

The Northern Flyer is Wilkie’s flagship mandolin model. Recent custom work has seen him branch out to other instruments in the mandolin family.

Art of the Archtop

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A new custom guitar coming together for @maximcormier. An unfigured Redwood top with quilted Sapele back and sides. Will have a 3-piece Spanish Cedar neck.
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There's a bit of blending to be done after fitting a neck.
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Getting started on a few new projects.
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I look forward to using this big slab of curly Hawaiian koa with matching sides for an archtop guitar. Big enough for an 18"!
#artofthearchtop #koa #curlykoa #archtopguitars #jazz #guitars #acousticguitar #jazzguitar #lutherie #handcarved
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Really enjoying making these oval hole archtops.
Working on a couple more too.
#artofthearchtop #oval #soundhole #lutherie #jazz #guitars #archtopguitars #acousticguitars #customguitar #handcarved #curlyredwood #intheworkshop
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I've got a lot of sanding to do but thankfully I have other projects that need to get started so I'm just going to attend to some of those for a couple days.
Finishing up the garland for a custom 15" archtop/flat back with oval soundhole in a Redwood top. Quilted sapele back and sides and a beautiful 3-piece Spanish cedar neck.
#artofthearchtop #archtopguitars #jazz #guitars #acousticguitars #customguitarbuild #customguitar #guitars #sapele #jazzguitar #honduranmahogany #lutherie
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A very pointy, aka Florentine, cutaway.
#artofthearchtop #florentine #cutaway #archtopguitar #acousticguitar #jazz #guitars #jazzguitar #lutherie #mapke #quiltedmaple #curlymaple #guitarbinding #purfling
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Getting dangerously close to finishing this.
#artofthearchtop #oval #soundhole #curlyredwood #archtopguitar #jazz #jazzguitar #handcarved #lutherie #guitars #acousticguitar #customguitar
#klaatubaradanikto
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First time bending quilted Sapele. It went well!
This will be a one-of-a-kind custom archtop/flat back guitar.
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Nearly completed 17" archtop guitar companion to the mandocello I posted earlier.
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A scraper is a very useful thing! It scrapes away all the fuzziness leaving clean, sharp lines.
#artofthearchtop #purfling #guitarbinding #quiltedmaple #curlymaple #jazzguitar #honduranmahogany #archtopguitars #jazz #guitars #customguitar #handcarved #lutherie #luthier #luthiertools #scraper #acousticguitar
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Lucky me Father's Day 2021 ...

Some inlays seem to generate their own light.
#inlayart #artofthearchtop #jazz #guitars #jazzguitar #acousticguitar #motherofpearl #turquoisejewelry #artdeco #gotoh #lutherie
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I get lots of good natural light in the shop.
#artofthearchtop #handcarved #jazz #guitars #jazzguitar #acousticguitars #workshop #intheshop #whatsonyourbench #mandocello
#ovalhole #lutherie
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Fret slots, inlay, radius, frets.
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Shipping out in a Mainstage case.
I'm not sure what the story is behind these cases but this is exactly the type of case I was making 25-30 years ago at Calton Cases of Canada. I actually made the very first one using this pattern for my old '38 Gibson A50.
#artofthearchtop #mandolins #mainstagecases #custommandolin #lutherie #handcarved #jazzmandolin #celticmandolin
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Not often you see a curly Redwood top like this on a jazz guitar.
#artofthearchtop #archtopguitars #handcarved #curlyredwood #ovalhole #jazzguitar #jazz #lutherie #acousticguitar #guitars #amboynaburl #artdeco #inlayart
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Starting to fit the neck on this custom 5-course mandocello.
#artofthearchtop #artanddesign #artdeco #archtopguitar #mandocello #handcarved #ovalhole #mandolins #mandolin #mandolinplayer #jazzmandolin
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