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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Inlay before finishing.
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Preparing a 15" archtop for finishing.
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Getting started on an 8-string version of my 10-string design.
Very excited about this. Using local Maple and Spruce and will be giving it a French polish finish, but that's a long way off.
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Very happy to have been included in the latest issue of the local CVCollective magazine. Thanks to Jen Groundwater for the excellent article and Sara Kempner for the great photos.
Also thanks to my 10 year-old daughter Bunny for making the "corrections"😳
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Cutting up shell and gluing the pieces together. Finishing up this inlay for a custom archtop that's about ready to finish.
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Adding the linings to this custom guitar for Wayne Neville.
This will have two side soundholes and none on the one-piece Curly Redwood top.
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Making serious progress on the latest batch. Still plenty of carving to do of course.
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So lucky to have this great work space!
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More carving today.
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Carving.
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Love this photo by @tony_decaprio
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Carving a Spruce top and a Claro Walnut back for two different archtop guitars.
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Some of the instruments I'm working on.
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Two Russian bootleg 78rpm X-ray records. One has a tune called "Teardrops Tango" the other is "Don't Ease Me In" by the Grateful Dead. Neither really plays all that well.
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Fitting the neck on the Lyre-Mandolin.
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A custom 17" archtop in the works.
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A beautiful Curly Redwood top for a custom archtop I'm working on.
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This Birch will make a great archtop guitar! I was lucky to get a slab large enough for two back and side sets. Cutting it up was a little nerve wracking on my 14" bandsaw.
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