Where it all begins

Brazilian Rose Wood Some may say that a man's home is his castle, for Tim Brockman it's definitely a wood shop. While Tim's Great Room has been equipped with numerous jigs and assorted tools of the trade, one cannot help but notice the large assortment of hardwood slabs hanging on the walls. The loft has a sizeable stash of stacked and stickered planks. And there is yet another stash in the basement.

Hardwood Inventory

For building arch-tops, most of the wood is Sitka and Englemann Spruce with some European Spruce here and there. Western Big Leaf Maple is used for the sides and backs. If the customer prefers, European Maple with it's opalescent effect, can be used. Eastern Maple is preferred for the necks although any of the really hard Maples such as Birdseye and Curly may also be used. For flat-tops, the Brazilian Rosewood lends it's distinctive color for the sides and back.

Macaser Ebony

Neck Assembly

Custom body sizes are available. as well as standard body sizes, to meet the customer's needs. Necks are 25.5 scale, again if a customer has a preference for another scale, this can be accomodated.

All necks are reinforced with two carbon fiber rods, in the same manner as Tom RIbbecke's technique. This results in greater rigidity of the neck and lessens the absorption of string energy. In turn, this gives the instrument more sustain and delivers more sound.

Tailpieces are hand carved from Ebony and fitted with carbon fiber reinforcement blocks at the attachment point for the strings and where the tail gut rests on the saddle. Custom metal tailpieces can be furnished with a choice of plating, as the customer desires.

Ebony Tailpiece

Each guitar is given a spray finish of Lawrence McFadden nitrocellulose lacquer. Starting with a vinyl wash coat, three lacquer coats are applied. After sitting for a day, the surface is opened and allowed to outgas for a week. Another three coats of lacquer are applied to give more build and depth to the finish. Again, the finish is allowed to outgas for three weeks, followed by a sanding with 2000 grit paper and then the final polishing.