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seanmark 04-29-2021 08:05 PM

New Build: Muleskinner 15" Dreadnought Adirondack/Cuban Mahogany
Hi All,

I'm excited to share a guitar build by the talented luthier Andy Mueller of Muleskinner Instruments! I've always enjoyed the builds posted on this forum and looked forward to the day I might have one to share, too.

I discovered Muleskinner from a post on the mandolin cafe and contacted Andy to see if he was interested in building a 15" Dreadnought. I love my J45 but I wanted something smaller/more comfortable (I'm 5'7") and am not a fan of the photo's of me playing it. It looks like I'm "playing my dad's guitar". While Andy primarily builds mandolins at Muleskinner he will occasionally build guitars, too. It turned out that he had already been interested in building a smaller dreadnought and my inquiry was perfect timing.

Today I received the good news that he was starting on my guitar this afternoon!

Here are the specs:

Small dreadnought body shape, 15" lower bout width.
Cuban Mahogany back and sides
Adirondack Spruce top
Ebony bridge and fingerboard
Ebony peghead overlay (on bound solid headstock)
MOP headstock logo and small fingerboard dots (at 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, and 15th frets)
25" scale length
1 3/4" nut, 2 1/4" spacing at bridge
BWB purflings with maple in place of white fiber
Wood inlay rosette
Curly maple bindings and heelcap
Sunburst top
Nickel Waverly tuning machines
K&K pure mini pickup

Pic of the Cuban Mohogany: by Sean Rosenthal, on Flickr

colins 04-30-2021 06:52 AM

Congratulations on the new build! And by a builder that is new to me at least. I just visited the Muleskinner website for the first time, and I have to say Andy certainly makes some fine looking instruments.

Looking forward to more posts as you progress.

ChuckS 04-30-2021 08:22 AM

I'm not familiar with Andy Mueller, but sounds like you've made a good match. I'm a big fan of Cuban Mahogany; should work well for the size of your guitar.

mikealpine 04-30-2021 09:43 PM

Had a chance to buy a Cuban Mahogany Charis dread that I still kick myself for passing up. Looking forward to watching this thread.

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