Walsh Guitars Interview 2 Flagship models constantly expanding
It’s really hard to pinpoint a flagship model from my lineup of guitars. Each one is fairly unique.
The Bethel Deluxe is my first original model and my only set-neck design. So if I had to choose I’d probably say that’s the flagship.
The Hesed, however, is always an electrical undertaking and features 36 pickup combinations as well as treble contour and bass contour controls.
My range of guitars is constantly expanding.
Many guitar builders identify 3-4 models or so, and they stick to them. That is admirable and probably good business. But to be honest, I am not building guitars for business – I am doing it for love of the craft and love of the instrument.
That said, I aim to design two new models a year.
This constant drive to design forces me to remain creative, improve my craft, and think outside the box. Right now I offer about 12 different designs, all of which look vaguely familiar yet are totally original. Not only are their silhouettes original but I offer unique top carves and paint jobs that other builders do not make available.
Two new designs a year is a lot, and it requires keeping my eyes open to inspiration.
Sometimes that inspiration comes from a shape of a car. Sometimes it comes from a vintage guitar. Often times I am most inspired by oddball, rare instruments that never got much attention.
Guitars made in Europe and Asia during the 1960’s and ’70’s are particularly inspiring and help guide my choices in aesthetics. As I identify the parts that inspire me I will begin sketching out a shape. I’ll then mark a center line on a large piece of MDF, transfer the sketch to the MDF, and shape a master template.
From there it’ll quickly become a guitar!
Due to my vintage, import inspired leanings, most of my customers also find inspiration in similar designs.
Though they like the aesthetic, they are looking for something with better playability and tone than the original vintage instruments they are drawn to. That’s where my instruments come into play – modern playability and dependability while trying to achieve the best in vintage tone and aesthetic.
I heavily use computers in my personal life for music arranging and recording, but don’t use it too much in the field of luthiery.
Some day I would love to own a CNC, but right now I’m enjoying making things by hand.
I am able to use my background in audio recording and film to aid in capturing great videos, demos, and photography for each of my builds, however. More specifically, I use ProTools or Ableton for mixing/audio capture, Davinci for video editing, and Photoshop/Affinity for photo editing.
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