1989 Thomas Humphrey Millennium Classical Guitar

Available for sale is this beautiful 1989 Thomas Humphrey’s famous Millennium classical guitar. Humphrey guitars have been played by a number of prominent guitarists, such as Sharon Isbin, Assad brothers, Ben Verdery, Elliot Fisk, Lily […]

Luthier workshop tools at the Tsiorba Shop
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Workshop Photos

UPDATE 10/17 The original posting was made two years ago. While the studio is no longer “new” to me, I enjoy working here, and feel settled in by now. If you would like to visit, […]

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Aged Tonewood Stash

UPDATE 7/10/2015: WE DID IT! Thank you for your orders, and to everyone who reached out with good wishes, enthusiasm and support! original post: I have a rare opportunity to acquire a retiring luthier’s stash of […]

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Aged Spruce Guitar

What does age do to spruce? To wood in general? Or to the sound of the guitars, and other musical instruments for that matter? How long to age, five years? Thirty? Someone with a bit […]

Hybridized Guitar Rosette
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Hybridizing Domingo Esteso’s Guitar Rosettes

Cooking two guitars rosettes…until flavors blend. That was basically what I was asked to do. To borrow the elements from two rosettes made by the legendary Spanish luthier Domingo Esteso, and create a hybrid of […]

Tsiorba guitars on the wall with sunset glow
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New Video from My New Studio

During the past spring and summer, I moved around a bit, and have now settled into an old 100-year-old brick building near downtown Portland. Here is a new 2-min. video from the new shop. It’s […]