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.

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A nice shot of Tony DeCaprio with the guitar I made for him.
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A busy corner of the shop.
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Making progress on this 14" archtop guitar with neck joining the body at the 15th fret.
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Some soundholes.
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A tale of two finishes.
The guitar was finished by my friend Matt Eady @eadyguitars. I can't imagine a better nitrocellulose lacquer finish. His work is astonishing. I have been enjoying our collaboration for the last couple years.
The mandolin is a French polish finish I'm working on. There was a time over several years I french polished all my instruments but in recent years I have become increasingly sensitive to chemicals of any kind so I will have to give this up now as well. I suppose it's possible I will be able to get back to it one day.
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A new 17" Paramount getting ready to go out into the world.
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Slow and steady (with a bit of @eadyguitars finishing magic thrown in!)
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Getting several custom archtop guitars to the same stage. Gonna be some serious neck-fitting!
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A pair of Florentines.
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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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