Thursday, December 10, 2015

—Hour Glass Mountain Dulcimers— For Sale

A great Christmas gift...for your loved one or for yourself.
—Hour Glass Mountain Dulcimers—
Hand made and carefully crafted for years of enjoyment.
Top wood is Western Cedar; Sides and back are American Black Walnut as well as the peg box. The back is nicely figured. Both top and back are book matched.
Hollow neck and floating cello wood maple bridge. The nut is bone. 
Very tone is above the standard. Good projection. Easy to play.
Very resonate. 
These retail for $450.00 Label inside is Signed and serialized.
Packed carefully in heavy duty corrugate box 

Woods: American Black Walnut
Western Cedar top
Nut: Bone
Bridge: Floating cello wood maple
Tuners: Grover Gold tuners
Scale: 20.62”
Length: 38”
Width: 8” lower bout
Depth: 2.25”
Easy to care for french polish finish

Falk Guitars and Mandolins and Mountain Dulcimers 816-678-FALK (3255)
New old stock S/N xx091301

FG $365.00
Buyer pays shipping

Ships to continental U.S. 

For Sale 5080n Fusion, Alvarez

Get this guitar for your guitar circle playing. Yari Designed.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A good day to give thanks for our wonderful bounty- life freedom and humanity Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Falk Guitars and Mandolins advertises in the PITCH magazine

Falk Guitars and Mandolins is looking for Kansas City muicians in need of that extra edge for their instruments.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

1913 Albert Shutt Professional Mandolin Style B

1913 Albert Shutt Professional Mandolin Style B
credit to R. Siminoff

Albert Shutt (1877-1963)

Albert Shutt was a musician and instrument designer from Topeka, Kansas who introduced many innovative ideas for guitar, mandolin, and harp-guitar. Of special interest as it relates to the instruments developed by Lloyd Loar and The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Co. Limited in the early 1920s were the features Shutt employed in his mandolin design. These included an arched soundboard and backboard, f-holes, elevated fretboard, body scrolls, and a narrower fretboard whose width and taper were surprisingly identical to that of the F5 mandolin. However, Shutt’s soundboard design did not feature tonebars, and the body was somewhat smaller than that of the F5 mandolin. His soundboards and backboards were taped to add a bit of strength and inhibit grain cracking.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Plan now for your Christmas Dulcimer

Many are speaking of Fall. Think farther forward to December and plan now for your Christmas Dulcimer.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Start thinking Christmas ...
Plan now for a great Christmas gift...
Hour Glass Mountain Dulcimers
Top wood is Western Cedar; Sides and back are American Black Walnut as well as the peg box. The back is nicely figured. Both top and back are book matched.
Hollow neck and floating cello wood maple bridge. The nut is bone. 
Very tone is above the standard. Good projection. Easy to play.
These retail for $450.00 Paper label inside Signed and serialized.
Woods: American Black Walnut
Western Cedar top
Nut: Bone
Bridge: Floating cello wood maple
Tuners: Grover Gold tuners
Scale: 20.5”
Length: 38”
Width: 8” lower bout
Depth: 2.75”
Falk Guitars and Mandolins 816-678-FALK (3255)
Image is similar to that imaged but this one was sold. Hard tail and floating bridges available.
There are more available.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Falk Guitars and Mandolins  
816-678-FALK (3255)
Kentucky 380 for sale
Fine instrument in great shape 
Carved soundboards
Easy to play with great action
$400 add Add $45 for the case and Add shipping to to your location.
EZ pick up in the Greater Kansas City area

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Latest guitar from Falk Guitars and Mandolins named Chickadee

Latest guitar from Falk Guitars and Mandolins
belongs to the talanted award winning, Andy Chase Cundiff. Renouned singer/songwriter, and painter, cartoonist. I am honored he chose us for his tools of trade.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Careful time consuming hand fit neck joint.  
The neck is glued to the body and allowed to dry before stringing. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Antebellum Instruments: c.1940 Gibson L-30 Archtop Guitar

Antebellum has a repaired L-30. AKA cracked egg repaired. pretty nice.

Antebellum Instruments: c.1940 Gibson L-30 Archtop Guitar: Update May 2014: I've been using this as a daily player since fixing this up. It's been nice and stable in service and even ...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Why pay more? Falk Guitars and Mandolins has a Salavador De Durro Over 100 years old in perfect playing condition for less than picted on eBay. Come see me at the Dallas International Guitar Festival thie May 29-31.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Falk Guitars and Mandolins is pleased to announce a new  branch studio in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. 

The shop is expected to have greater facilities in terms of space and capacity. 
The opportunity is viewed as a  great step forward with greater exposure, more opportunities with musical organizations, and more performing artists.  

Look for the new location mid-summer and watch for a grand opening announcement. As always you may track activities on  the Facebook, Google+, and  Blogspot connections are available for online use. 

Falk Guitars is still accepting orders and repairs during the move. For more information contact us at 816-678-FALK (3255).



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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Andy Chase Cundiff with his Chickadee 18" archtop


Andy's guitar is approaching completion. He visited the studio to add his artistic hand in hand assisted draughtsmanship on the finish. He saw the FG FatBoyFiddleButton guitar I made a couple of years ago and said I must have it on mine. Glad to accommodate. Since Andy is a professional artist as well as musician he is highly qualified to draw on his guitar. I love these picts. Thanks to Kirk Richards for the photos.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Service for Telecasters

Work in the studio is varied. Here is some work on a telecaster where the original neck is being replacing with a beautiful bird's eye maple neck. Trouble is the predrilled neck holes don't match the holes in the body.

Here's the procedure. Fill the body holes with maple plugs. Easy right. Dowels must be honed to the correct diameter. Chucking up the dowel in a drill press and sanding it till it is .170" does the trick.
glue and fill then train the excess to complete the task.

Transfer the neck hole pattern to the body. Some left over .170" dowels were temporarily place in the the neck holes. Set some carbon paper (remember carbon paper?) in the neck pocket of the body and fixe the neck to the body. Be sure to make sure the center line is valid.

Drill the new .170" holes in the body. Make sure it's all squared up and drill.

Wax up the screws and use your PopEye like forearms to mount the neck to the body.

There it is. Sounds easy and for the most part it is. Precision is the key to doing it once.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mandolin Top Creation

How does a mandolin top get created? Here is a montage of photos showing the various processes. This is one of many ways to fabricate. 
The billet is squared up 
The contours are drawn on the top 
The top is carved. In this case with a router. 
The inside of the top is drilled to thickness 
The inside of top is carved. 
Simple. Yes?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Looking for guitars and mandolins: Gibson, Martin, Epiphone, Guild, Fender and others. If you have one taking up space let me know  and see if we can work out a deal.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

For Sale - Looking for a player that needs a control pedal

FCV100 Dual Mode Footcontroller Berhreinger $30

Features volume control of one stereo or 2 mono individual musical instruments
Modulation function provides a direct connection to keyboard's input
Really has reliable smooth performance
Adjustable minimal volume
9V battery with ow battery indicator
Power supply not provided but has connection at:12V 10 ma 
High-quality components

Unit tests good with the battery

Power Pins product installed on Takamine

Good friend RH bought his old favorite guitar out of the closet and into the shop for some tune up work and the addtion of the a product know as Power Pins. Issues with the guitar included poor action, poor fitting saddle and missing MOP dot on bridge.

First thing to address the saddle. A new bone blank was shaped to be a compensating saddle. The width was of the slot was checked and the blank was thicknessed  to adjusted properly fit. Now the action could be looked at.

Treble strings of the guitar were nearly on the fretboard. This was due to the old saddle laying over to a apx 30 degrees. The new saddle  height was carefully adjusted to make the action proper.

Power Pins installation was rather easy. The PP replace the existing pins and allow one to restring as though it were a "pass though" bridge. The tone of the guitar is marketed as being improved.

Last the MOP dot was installed and new Med strings installed to complete the project.

Here are images of  final result.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

MountainDulcimer from Falk Guitars

MountainDulcimer from Falk Guitars
Spiral Peg Box design
Walnut back & sides select grain
Grover gold tuners
21.25" scale Loop or Ball end strings
X-braced Western Cedar top Great tone

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bridge Work

Our client has a very nice Martin guitar. The action is high and the bridge was lifting at the back. More than half of the bridge was intact. So the decision not to pull the bridge was made. A cattle syringe was modified by filing the needle as thin as possible and bending to 30 degrees. Hide glue was pushed into the gap looking for it to ooze from the seams. The smaller image shows the glistening seam of glue after clean up. It will remain in the clamps for 48 hours. Then the action shall be addressed. It's well on the road to playability.