Boswell Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Build. Model: 00-12, No. 0045
This all started several years back when I was commissioned to build a special guitar for a special customer. He wanted me to somehow incorporate my background in Architecture into a unique build, but other than that, the canvas was wide open. I've been a Frank Lloyd Wright fan for as long as I can remember. I wore a FLW tie to my high school graduation, and anytime myself, or any of my architecture student cohorts were allowed to choose a work to inspire a project, you can guess who I chose. Every time. So, I started to wonder how I could manage this. Coincidentally, at the same time, my Mom, an incredibly talented artist in her own right, was going through a huge stained glass phase. She was making these incredible Tiffany-style lamps with literally thousands of pieces. Truly remarkable, and quite easily as good as where the inspiration came from. She had some ideas for using colored glass on a guitar, and we had discussed many iterations of this. But, it wasn't until I saw the famous stained glass work of Frank Lloyd Wright, specifically from the Coonley Playhouse, Riverside, IL, that I knew what I was going to do. FLW's body of stained glass work is quite easily as vast, if not more so, than his architecture. I always loved how he didn't just design a house, or any normal building. So much more was taken into consideration, and the idea that he also designed much of the window appointments, and even furniture, always stood out to me. A true genius. I realized what I wanted to do, but wanted to make all of the inlay out of wood, not pearl, not abalone, not glass. Wood. I experimented quite a bit, and found that glueing colored veneers of maple together would be the ticket. However, after the customer had to back out, the project was shelved for about 5 years. It wasn't until I started to take my work to shows that I wanted to attempt it. I realized that just going to shows with a great looking and sounding guitar wasn't enough. Everyone at these shows are all-star builders. They all bring their absolute A-game. So, I had to try something that would set me apart. Something that would attract attention, and prove to be a fantastic showpiece. So, I began. Of course, there is more to the story, but for now, here it is in its entirety. With nearly 6,000 individual strips of colored maple veneer inlay, an absolute master grade, 40+ year old and air dried set of highly flamed Koa back and sides, a 50+ year old European spruce top, incredibly highly flamed koa bound body, neck and peg head, a highly flamed Koa head plate overlay, ebony fingerboard and bridge, a wonderfully dense, old and dark Honduran mahogany neck, thermo-cured Adirondack, double-X top bracing, and a set of incredible engraved gold and pearl Waverly planetary tuning machines, it is bound to impress. I'm proud to present my Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass inspired 00-12 model...
Boswell No. 0043, Model "T" travel model
This is a brand new model for me, and only the second to be made. The first, an all mahogany version went to my friend and artist Ray Goren. Check him out. Ray and I decided that aside from his absolutely KILLER German spruce/Madagascar rosewood style 00-12 (with 42 style inlay), he also needed something a little more realistic to travel with. Size, and materials were at the forefront of our decision making. For his, he needed all CITES compliant materials since he travels and tours internationally. Ray had very specific needs and wants for the size of the guitar as well, so it took designing and making an entirely new model. So, the "T" was born. I'll be adding this model to my "Models" section of the site with all of the pertinent information, but for now, check out this little Brazilian rosewood/Tunnel 13 model! For an idea on the size, think Taylor GS Mini. The scale length is 24", and the neck meets the body around the 13.5 fret. A truly fun model to play, hard to put down, and a little guitar with a lot to say!
Boswell No. 0026, Model: 0.5-12 (Available)
As seen in the October issue of Guitar Aficionado Magazine (see the review here). Currently available through Dream Guitars. This little box is right between a single "0" and "00" size. It's small size makes for an incredibly comfortable box to hold an play, and may be one of the nicest little "couch" guitars I've seen. Don't let the small size fool you though. With Brazilian rosewood back and sides, and an Italian spruce top, this little box packs a punch! Trimmed out in African ebony for the bridge, fingerboard, binding, and end-graft, while the peghead overlay and heel cap are both Brazilian rosewood. This instrument is in mint condition, and is available here in our showroom. The Brazilian is incredibly straight on the back, with some fantastic spider webbing and figure for the sides, both of which are chocolatey and highlighted with emerald green streaks throughout. The Italian top is incredibly fine, with a wonderful creamy white color.
The Boswell BG-R (Sold)
The Boswell BG was my opportunity to think outside of the box...no pun intended. I love building acoustic guitars, but at the same time, I have an extensive background playing electric guitar as well! I am absolutely in love with the early, inexpensive gold foil guitars of the 60's, and I always wanted to come up with an interesting design that complimented and built off of that era of guitar. This guitar feels and plays amazing. Three Lollar gold foil pickups, Mastery bridge, 5-A flame roasted maple neck, old growth Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with a 24.9" scale (right in between Gibson and Fender) with gold evo wire, Brazilian rosewood peg head overlay (front and back), DaVinci tuning machines, and a solid one piece old growth redwood body (completely hand carved). This guitar came straight out of my head. No jigs, no forms, no mass production. For now, there is only this one, however, I plan to make more! Keep your eyes open for the review on this particular model in the January issue of Guitar Player Magazine!
Through-body bridge design gives this guitar plenty of sustain. The solid redwood body weighs in like a bird, and contributes immensely to the ringing sustain and complex overtones. Matched with a 5-A torrefied flame maple neck and plenty of Brazilian appointments, this guitar not only sounds incredible, but looks the part as well. I plan to make many different styles of the BG pictured here. Body material, pickup orientation/custom electronics, and neck design are all options to be entertained.
This particular body was made from incredibly tight grained, very old growth redwood. This slab of wood came from the sign from the original guitar shop that I started working at 22 years ago! That sign hung over the door of that shop for years...outside in the sun, the rain, the wind, the calm. When I received it as a gift, I hung onto it for a decade before the vision of what to do with it finally entered into my mind. Today, it's been reincarnated for something all together different. This guitar is truly one of a kind. It plays beautifully, sounds incredible, looks gorgeous, and is as light as a feather. Check out the images below...