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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Back to work after taking nearly a month off. I needed it.
Getting the 5-course mandocello ready for neck-fitting.
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I used a couple different shades of pearl and painted on a bit of ruby shellac for shading.
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After levelling the binding I use a scraper to blend it in with the recurve area.
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Tape and bands are off but there is much cleanup to do.
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I just really like shaving them down.
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Paul Zarzyski's mandolin.
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Keeping it clean.
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Putting the pieces together.
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Some custom guitars get names.
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The painstaking process of bending and applying the binding. They're ugly for a little while but then clean up real nice. This is near the end of the ugly stage.
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3-piece back on a new 15" non-cutaway. This will be the first of my top-of-the-line Elite Series guitars.
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Make the binding, cut the binding, bend the binding, install the binding. Don't forget the purfling.
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Chiselin'
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A catch-all corner in the shop.
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Perfect for staying inside to get some work done.
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One-piece curly Redwood top with Claro Walnut back and sides. This special project goes by the name "Rufous".
Really coming together now.
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Thank you Bob @bob_benedetto_guitars and Cindy @benedetto_archives for the neck rest and Bridge String Marker!
These will get a lot of use!🙂
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17" guitar, 16 1/4" mandocello and a little 14" custom guitar coming together
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The very enjoyable task of brace-shaping.
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