Update: Unnamed Guitars and Bass Complete


I get asked a lot: which is best, bolt on, set-neck or neck-thru-body?  Well one way to answer that was to make 3 similar instruments using these different construction methods. The results? Well, the bolt on is the bass because most basses I’ve liked have been bolt on. Something about is is…subjective. Like the  other 2 guitars play and sound different. The neck-thru is tight and meaty while the set-neck is full of surprising tones. Did I mention the set-neck neck wood is 1000 years old with 100 grains per inch? And one piece quartersawn.  Not a typo, its a very very special piece and I’m sure its mojo is whats got me so stoked! More on them all later.  I really love what I am doing and whats being produced. Art.

Update: Vancouver Guitar Show = Click Click

So I did the VGS Nov 9. The reaction was excellent. Some thought they were seeing a new life form and others accepted them with open picking arms. One thing is for sure though: There were a lot of picture takers in suits.  Wish they would come up with their own designs and concepts…speaking of which, here’s a pic of the un-named series. One is a set-neck, one is a neck-thru-body and the medium scale bass is a machined bolt on. So far, the black one and the yellow one is complete. Amazing.



RedRock Unveiling Mara Guitar Designs at Vancouver Guitar Show November 9

IMG_3040After a nice relaxing break on the Island, we are getting ready to show Vancouver guitarists something new. We will be displaying at the Vancouver Guitar Show November 9th. The objective is not sales but just to talk to guitarists and get feedback about our designs and construction. Pretty low key, will probably have a draw for something free.  We’ll have a few new guitar and bass designs as well as our Attilazaster guitar and Tracy Bass. We will also bring the Amazing 1-day Build Newman style Keith Richards 5 string slide guitar. Its a real mutt, made with reject woods all in 1 day.

Please support the show. Todd puts a lot of work into this and Vancouver is lucky to have the oppertunity. Come on down, talk guitars, play guitars.

One Day Guitar Build: 5 String Newman Keith Richards NTB Slide Guitar

The "plan" and semi-finished guitar
The “plan” and semi-finished guitar


Followers may have noticed there has been no build update for a week or so. Thats because the guitars were getting into their final details and its kind of secret. There are off to the finishing departments for some old school paint-jobs with a modern twist.

I’ve been planning a much needed break for a little oceanside recreation and have been winding things down at the shop. But I had this project in mind I just had to do. Years ago, somebody gave me a Rolling Stones book and there was an actual blueprint of a guitar ( and a good back-story). A strange 5 string; I tried to contact Newman, no luck. I figured” Blow the blueprint up to scale and bang the guitar out in 1 day”. And thats what I did. I did get a head start by having a neck-blank laminated but aside from that it was everything else from the trussrod to the finished guitar. I LOVE it. We literally dumped it into a scream green stain and whacked a penetrating epoxy sealer. High end? No! Mutt of a guitar that has character? Yes! Yes! Yes!  If anyone knows Mr. Newman, tell him thanks and to get in touch. Anyway, enjoy the pics.

It starts with the truss rod
It starts with the truss rod
Glued up and ready to go
Glued up and ready to go
On the level
On the level
Hand work...
Hand work…



“Sick” Graffiti Artist tags RedRock Guitars building

Renowned graffiti artist”Sick” from Germany created a worthy addition to Vancouver’s Graffiti Alley, tagging our shop doors at 1000 Parker St/Vancouver. The whole area was cleaned up with brown paint first, thanks to the buildings owner, The Beedie Group. A great company that foster arts in the city. “Sick” is a true artist, you will find his art around the world and then some. Thanks!