I built my first acoustic and electric guitars in 1978 while attending Roberto Venn School of Luthiery. As of early 2014 both instruments are alive and well. The acoustic guitar has a cedar top with mahogany back, sides and neck with the Roberto Venn modified fan brace. The electric is a red gummed carved top and back with a walnut neck, and the picks up were made at the school.
Both instruments are still playing well and sound great.
I continue to build both acoustic and electric guitars and have guided a number of students through guitar builds they were interested in taking on.
Banjo Mechanics is an instrumental acoustic roots band comprised of Ian Pattison and Lewis Melville. Their albums are available online and by mail.