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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Getting back to this custom 15" archtop/flatback guitar. Will brace the top next with an X and carve the neck which is 3-piece Spanish Cedar. Not sure about the headstock inlay yet.
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Carving the Rufous neck using my fancy neck carving jig.
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Two soundholes on the side and none on top. One-piece curly Redwood top, Claro Walnut back and sides. I used the Walnut sapwood to bind the soundholes for a different look. The neck is Honduran Mahogany and this is the one that has the Rufous Hummingbird inlay on the headstock
I'm lucky I get to work on projects like these☺
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With several guitars in finishing it's full steam ahead on "Rufous".
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Getting two more custom guitars ready for finishing. Well, one is a mandocello, the other is a 14" archtop. The hanging mandolin still needs back binding (sorry Ron, it'll get there!🙄)
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In the shop this morning. Days like these it would be nice just to sit and listen to music.
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Here's another one that's about ready for finishing. I love the look of the turquoise and different shades of pearl against the amboyna burl.
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These art deco designs are fun to do and luckily pretty easy to inlay.
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Just finished and time for set-up
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Florentine cutaway detail.
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A little more neck carving, an inlay, a bit of sanding and this very custom little 14" archtop will be ready for finishing.
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The 5-course mandocello is nearly ready for finishing. This is 16.25" at the lower bout, has an oval soundhole and port and a very special tailpiece made by @jeweler.on.the.road Mathilde does beautiful work!
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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.
#artofthearchtop #archtopguitar #customguitar #jazz #guitars #acousticguitar #jazzguitar #handcarved #lutherie
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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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