Yes! We’re building acoustic guitars!
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(Photos: Denise Schweers)
Yona Custom OMSH guitar handcrafted in Tennessee by Denise Schweers
Denise Schweers and Roger Hausmann have documented the building of two acoustic guitars over a period of one year, working mainly on weekends. Without much prior experience and only with instructions from YouTube and from guitar building books, they tackled all the challenges of designing, constructing and finishing these instruments in the Roger’s Bulldog-Guitars shop in Tennessee. Headstock Bear inlay made after a photo taken at Cade’s Cove, TN. Cades Cove is an isolated valley located in the Tennessee section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA. The name YONA comes from the Cherokee Indian word for “Little Bear”.
Denise’s Yona Custom OMSH guitar is made from domestic woods:
Wild Appalachian Cherry sides and back w. Walnut and Maple back stripes
AAA-Grade Spruce top
Scalloped Appalachian Spruce braces (X-Bracing)
Black binding on top and back
Multi-layer Cherry neck with Maple back stripes
Double-action truss rod adjusts from sound hole
Fingerboard scale length 25.340″, 20 frets, neck joins body at 14th fret
Walnut fingerboard, 12″ radius
Pearl fingerboard dot inlays
White side markers
Bone bridge pins
Custom black Grover tuners w. black wood knobs
Bone nut – width 43mm (1 11/16″)
Ivoroid strap buttons top and bottom
Figured Maple head plate with rear and front inlays
Custom design sound hole with b/w/b interior edge binding
Wild Appalachian Cherry pickguard
Hand rubbed True-Oil finish
Single Nitrocellulose lacquer satin finish coat
Almost all of these woods were sourced directly from local Tennessee suppliers and even the strings were manufactured by MAPES in Elizabethton, Tennessee -only a few miles from our shop! Mapes Piano String Company gracefully donated these strings for this project.