The ArchTop – Wyatt Wilkie

A Documentary by Darcy Muenchrath

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

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

One-on-One Master Class

Follow Us on Instagram

Some inlays seem to generate their own light.
#inlayart #artofthearchtop #jazz #guitars #jazzguitar #acousticguitar #motherofpearl #turquoisejewelry #artdeco #gotoh #lutherie
...

I get lots of good natural light in the shop.
#artofthearchtop #handcarved #jazz #guitars #jazzguitar #acousticguitars #workshop #intheshop #whatsonyourbench #mandocello
#ovalhole #lutherie
...

Fret slots, inlay, radius, frets.
#artofthearchtop #guitars #guitarnecks #handcarved #acousticguitars #jazzguitar #jazz #inlayart #artdeco #lutherie #headstock #burl #amboynaburl #ebony #fretboard #fretboardinlay
...

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
...

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
...

Starting to fit the neck on this custom 5-course mandocello.
#artofthearchtop #artanddesign #artdeco #archtopguitar #mandocello #handcarved #ovalhole #mandolins #mandolin #mandolinplayer #jazzmandolin
...

Ngl this mandolin has been challenging but is nearing completion!
Still needs a pickguard.
#artofthearchtop #customguitars #mandolins #frenchpolish #handcarved #mandolin #bandolim #zerofret #mapleleaf #lutherie
...

Sanded and ready to go.
#artofthearchtop #archtopguitars #sanding #lutherie #guitars #acousticguitars #jazzguitar #curlymaple #customguitar #handcarved #jazzguitarist
...

I love the traditional jazz guitar inlays, just not crazy about all the work that's involved.
#artofthearchtop #jazzguitar #blockinlays #jazz #artdeco #acousticguitars #guitarmaking #lutherie #motherofpearl #guitars #archtopguitars
...

Finishing up French polishing a custom mandolin.
#artofthearchtop #mandolins #handcarved #frenchpolish #lutherie #inlayart #mapleleaf #artanddesign #rubner #mandolintuners #zerofret
...

Carving and setting necks. When I'm not dreaming about it I'm doing it.
#artofthearchtop #archtopguitars #lutherie #guitarmaking #handcarved #jazz #guitars #jazzguitar #fholes #inlay #inlayart #acousticguitars #artdeco
...

Inlaying carefully in Amboyna Burl.
#artofthearchtop #artdeco #inlayart #lutherie #guitars #guitarmaking #amboynaburl #archtopguitars #acousticguitar #inlay
...

Very nearly at finishing stage after inlaying headstock today.
#artofthearchtop #artdeco #archtopguitar #guitars #acousticguitar #jazzguitar #handcarved #inlayart #lutherie #fholefriday
...

Very happy to report @fatonmacula just got the second custom guitar I made for him. Looking forward to video and recordings!😁
#archtopguitars #jazzguitar #artofthearchtop #jazzguitarist #kosova #customguitar #handcarved #acousticguitar #guitars #fatonmacula
...

Making progress on this special custom guitar. Will be in finishing stage soon.
#artofthearchtop #archtopguitar #jazz #guitars #lutherie #handcarved #jazzguitar #acousticguitar #customguitars #jazzguitarist
...

Making a new mold.
#artofthearchtop #archtopguitar #guitars #guitarmaking #luthiertools #jigs #guitar #fixture #lutherie #acousticguitar
...

Currently making three oval hole archtops.
#artofthearchtop #oval #soundhole #acousticguitars #jazzguitar #lutherie #handcarved #guitarbinding #curlyredwood
#customguitar
...

Nearing the end of the French polishing process on this custom mandolin.
#artofthearchtop #mandolins #violinvarnish #frenchpolish #frenchpolishing #lutherie #handcarved #custommandolin #curlymaple #tigermaple #fiddleback
...