Masterpiece #2

"Koi Pond"

00-14 Fret 'Short Scale' - Quilted Western Maple with Select Adirondack Bearclaw Top

We are excited to begin sharing parts of the process in making the 2nd in our Masterpiece Series, which is a 00-14 Fret Short Scale Quilted Western Maple with a select Adirondack top. Dream Guitars has generously supported our efforts in producing instruments of the highest order, both technically and visually.

Simon Haycraft is our inlay specialist and brings his professional artistic background to Thompson Guitars custom inlay and design work.  His collaboration with Preston for the 1st Masterpiece was really more special that we realized because at that time we had no idea that Preston would not be around to see the completion of the 2nd guitar in the series.  Simon was able to show Preston the design work of the 00 and Koi pond theme during his last days.  Preston expressed how proud he was of Simon’s visual ability, which also reflected Preston’s classic sensibilities.

We look forward to the completion of this guitar towards the end of the year, but not before it goes through a transformation in the finishing stage.  The quilted maple was selected for its water-like qualities found in the grain pattern.  Providing a canvas for Simon to create a Koi scene on the back echoing the imagery on the neck.

Please check our BLOG POST for a continuing description of this guitar and process photos.