#FJFest: Skytop Guitars

Guitarmaker Eric Weigeshoff of Skytop Guitars does things a little differently. As you can see, the acoustic guitars made by this NY-based luthier lack a traditional top soundhole. Relying on side soundports alone, his design is not only unique, it also shows off the beauty of his top wood choices.

As shown in our #FJFest walkthrough of his space, Weigeshoff’s shop may not have the biggest machinery we’ve seen (everything is nice and compact) but it does have other essentials: an impressive wine fridge, one heck of a view, and a bike wheel truing stand. During our tour, Eric shows off one of his recent creations, a Grand Auditorium with moon spruce with flamed mango.

He also showed us pics of a couple of guitars that were destined for the 2020 Artisan Guitar Show and the Holy Grail Guitar Show (see below). Those included a Skytop Grand Concert with Tunnel 13 Redwood and Flamed Mango back and sides and a 24.9″ scale; plus a still-in-progress guitar he’s dubbed Noir de la Terre  (The Dark of the Earth), a Grand Concert with 3000 year-old (!) ancient Sitka spruce and 5000 year-old (!!) Bog Oak back and sides. The latter is a multi-scale 25.4″/24.9.”

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#FJFest is the Fretboard Journal‘s way of staying connected during these difficult times: Expect to see never-before-seen shop tours from guitarmakers, unique music performances and a ton of beautiful instruments on a daily basis throughout March 2020 and beyond.

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