“What I’ve been doing for the past year and a half…”

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog, so I think it’s time I let everyone know what I’ve been up to for the past year and a half.

Soon after completing Ashley’s guitar, I got a full-time job at Santa Cruz Guitar Company. I work in their set-up department and my specific job is “gluing up” the guitars. What that means is that I attach the necks and bridges to the bodies. It involves checking the final neck angle and fine tuning the dovetail neck joint. Once the fit is perfect, I “glue it up” and it’s one step closer to being a completed guitar.

SCGC makes world-class acoustic guitars and so far I’ve had the privilege to work on some really amazing instruments. Here’s a photo of me at my bench.


Special Delivery!

I delivered the guitar to Ashley on August 3rd. He was in town for a show, so I got to witness him playing it live for the very first time. Talk about a satisfying moment—it was great to see how excited and happy he was to finally get the guitar!

Here’s a couple of photos of him playing it that night. Cheers.

Photos by Justin McIvor

Presenting the Ashley Kingman Model


  • Body: Chambered birdseye maple
  • Body Size: 14″ wide, 2″ deep
  • Neck: Birdseye maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood, 12″ radius
  • Number of Frets: 20 medium-jumbo
  • Scale Length: 25″
  • Width at Nut: 1-11/16″
  • Pickups: 2 custom Munnerlyn single-coil pickups
  • Pickup Switching: 3-position toggle switch
  • Controls: Volume, Tone
  • Bridge: Compensated aluminum bridge
  • Tailpiece: Bigsby® B5 vibrato tailpiece
  • Finish: Hand-rubbed varnish

Photography by Justin McIvor

Bigsby® Guitars and Vibratos is a registered trademark of Fred Gretsch Enterprises, Ltd. Munnerlyn Guitars is in no way affiliated with Bigsby® Guitars and Vibratos.

A Finishing Touch

When I had completely finished Ashley’s guitar, it was time to make it official, so the last thing I did was paste this label inside. It turned out to be the finishing touch.