The Acoustic Guitar Forum

Go Back   The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Custom Shop

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 03-10-2021, 05:17 PM
asilker's Avatar
asilker asilker is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Chicago IL
Posts: 131
Default Anybody know Mauel?

I just purchased a guitar made by Hank Mauel. While I wait for it to arrive I'm wondering if any of you fine people are familiar with Hank's work. He appears to be a small builder from California in the 90's-00's.

There are only a couple examples of his work readily available on the internet. So... who's holding?
__________________
Bourgeois Vintage D Sitka/EIR
Mauel 12 fret D18 style
2020 VTS Adirondack D28 non-RI
2018 000-18 Reimagined
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-10-2021, 05:29 PM
Tim McKnight's Avatar
Tim McKnight Tim McKnight is offline
AGF Sponsor
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Morral, Ohio
Posts: 5,505
Default

Yep, I've known Hank for many years. His work is excellent so hold your head high because itís quite likely you have a great guitar.
__________________
tim...
www.mcknightguitars.com
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-10-2021, 09:26 PM
The Bard Rocks The Bard Rocks is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mohawk Valley
Posts: 6,388
Default

I fully agree. He once offered to help me out of a difficult situation with another builder. No one else stepped forth.
__________________
The Bard Rocks

Kinnaird 000 Adk/Ziricote
Sexauer L00 Adk/Magnolia
Hatcher Jumbo Bearclaw/"Bacon" Padauk
Leach "Arctos" OM Millenium Sequioa/Macassar Ebony
Goodall Jumbo POC/flamed Mahogany
McAlister baritone Adk/Bubinga
Appollonio 12 POC/Myrtle
MJ Franks Resonator, all Australian Blackwood
'31 National Duolian
banjos of all kinds, mandolin, autoharp, tiple...
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-11-2021, 01:36 AM
colins's Avatar
colins colins is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
Posts: 2,446
Default

From my limited dealings with him, I'd classify Hank as a good guy. That was a few years ago, so I hope he is enjoying his retirement.

And I hope you enjoy your new (to you) Mauel guitar!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-11-2021, 05:06 AM
eshrager eshrager is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 170
Default

More than 20 years ago I had Hank build a 000-12 adi over koa for me. He was an absolute pleasure to work with. The end result was a great instrument with a great tone which has held up well over time. While I am not a firm believer in 'the older a guitar is, the better it is - this particular guitar has really found it's voice over the past 5 tears. And the Hank's workmanship was second to none.

Probably 10 or so years ago I heard that Hank had retired. At one point I had this guitar up for sale, but I am glad that I kept it!

Enjoy your guitar - you got one from one of the great builders that many are unaware of.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-11-2021, 11:03 AM
Erithon's Avatar
Erithon Erithon is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 1,063
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by asilker View Post
He appears to be a small builder from California in the 90's-00's.
This is true. I believe he was part of the (informal) crew that included Kathy Wingert, Lance McCollum, Harvey Leach, etc.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-11-2021, 12:06 PM
asilker's Avatar
asilker asilker is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Chicago IL
Posts: 131
Default

Exciting! Glad to hear it. Believe it or not, this will be the first small builder guitar I have owned.

I've had the privilege of playing a number of instruments from highly regarded builders, but never in my own home. Very much looking forward to it.

Hank, if you're out there... I'm excited about your work.
__________________
Bourgeois Vintage D Sitka/EIR
Mauel 12 fret D18 style
2020 VTS Adirondack D28 non-RI
2018 000-18 Reimagined
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-11-2021, 02:12 PM
TomB'sox's Avatar
TomB'sox TomB'sox is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Upstate Ny via Minnesota, soon heading to Texas
Posts: 9,228
Default

What a knowledgeable group we have here at the AGF!
__________________
PS. I love guitars!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-29-2021, 12:34 PM
asilker's Avatar
asilker asilker is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Chicago IL
Posts: 131
Default

Following up here, I've had this guitar for a little over a week and it's lovely. I'll be posting photos and details soon, but it's an easy instrument to fall in love with.

Question aimed at builders: [EDITED] This 12 fret mahogany dread has a lightly build lower bout. It's currently strung up with 12's and it has what I'd describe as an appropriate belly. I'd like to use tension adjusted 13's (from Straight up Strings) to stiffen up the dynamics a little bit -- would I be advised to stick with 12's or can I go ahead and string up some 13's?

*[EDITED] I'm looking at a photo I snapped while changing strings and it looks like the central X is a little more robust than I remember. The two tone bars are extremely tall and sharp and heavily scalloped.

Photo here: https://imgur.com/a/LMl89bL
__________________
Bourgeois Vintage D Sitka/EIR
Mauel 12 fret D18 style
2020 VTS Adirondack D28 non-RI
2018 000-18 Reimagined

Last edited by asilker; 03-29-2021 at 12:43 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-29-2021, 01:46 PM
roberts roberts is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: The beautiful Garden State
Posts: 1,471
Default

While out at the Healdsburg festival in 2011 I stopped by Hank's table. His guitars were unerstated and elegant, both build and tone. He and his wife were really down to earth and loads of fun to chat with. However, after reading this thread I googled and found this. If anyone has any additional information - and I suspect some luthier friends will - please share....

https://www.facebook.com/thenorthame...6964665189394/
__________________
McAlister C Makore/Adi
Martin OM-42SB
MJ Franks 000-12 Brazilian/Carpathian
Bethany LG
Bourgeois Custom OMS Redwood/English Walnut
S Kinnaird 00 Koa/Sitka
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 03-29-2021, 02:18 PM
Tim McKnight's Avatar
Tim McKnight Tim McKnight is offline
AGF Sponsor
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Morral, Ohio
Posts: 5,505
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by asilker View Post

Question aimed at builders: [EDITED] This 12 fret mahogany dread has a lightly build lower bout. It's currently strung up with 12's and it has what I'd describe as an appropriate belly. I'd like to use tension adjusted 13's (from Straight up Strings) to stiffen up the dynamics a little bit -- would I be advised to stick with 12's or can I go ahead and string up some 13's?.

Photo here: https://imgur.com/a/LMl89bL
If the top is responding to 12’s by displaying movement (a slight belly) then I would not go to 13’s unless you are willing to risk more movement which may or may not be acceptable. The top is talking to you now so it may be wise to listen.

It’s the deep scalloping in the braces that loosens the top and allows it to move, ie the belly you are seeing. The tall peaks add mass to the bracing.
__________________
tim...
www.mcknightguitars.com

Last edited by Tim McKnight; 03-29-2021 at 02:25 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 03-29-2021, 02:31 PM
roberts roberts is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: The beautiful Garden State
Posts: 1,471
Default

Tim - Do you know anything about the reference to "the late Hank Mauel". Hopefully that information's wrong....
__________________
McAlister C Makore/Adi
Martin OM-42SB
MJ Franks 000-12 Brazilian/Carpathian
Bethany LG
Bourgeois Custom OMS Redwood/English Walnut
S Kinnaird 00 Koa/Sitka
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 03-31-2021, 09:03 AM
asilker's Avatar
asilker asilker is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Chicago IL
Posts: 131
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim McKnight View Post
If the top is responding to 12ís by displaying movement (a slight belly) then I would not go to 13ís unless you are willing to risk more movement which may or may not be acceptable. The top is talking to you now so it may be wise to listen.

Itís the deep scalloping in the braces that loosens the top and allows it to move, ie the belly you are seeing. The tall peaks add mass to the bracing.
Roger that. Thank you Tim! 12's keep things easy for fingerpicking anyway, no biggie.
__________________
Bourgeois Vintage D Sitka/EIR
Mauel 12 fret D18 style
2020 VTS Adirondack D28 non-RI
2018 000-18 Reimagined
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 03-31-2021, 05:04 PM
Tim McKnight's Avatar
Tim McKnight Tim McKnight is offline
AGF Sponsor
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Morral, Ohio
Posts: 5,505
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by roberts View Post
Tim - Do you know anything about the reference to "the late Hank Mauel". Hopefully that information's wrong....
Sorry, but I don’t. It’s been a few years since I’ve spoken with Hank. I’ve reached out to a mutual friend and will report back.
__________________
tim...
www.mcknightguitars.com
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 03-31-2021, 05:10 PM
Bruce Sexauer's Avatar
Bruce Sexauer Bruce Sexauer is offline
AGF Sponsor
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Petaluma, CA, USA
Posts: 6,581
Default

Hank Maul was a protege of Lance McCollum, at least in my mind. Hank was a presence in the local community, and I met him a number of times. Lance passed around 10 years ago, maybe more, and Hank seemed to retire shortly there after. I believe dust issues were mentioned. If Hank has passed, no one alerted me, but it has been at least five years since I’ve heard anything of him.
__________________
Bruce
http://www.sexauerluthier.com/

Last edited by Bruce Sexauer; 04-01-2021 at 08:29 PM.
Reply With Quote
Reply

  The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Custom Shop

Thread Tools





All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, The Acoustic Guitar Forum
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=