No. 2006-03

An LG with back and sides of padauk and Lutz spruce top.

This guitar belongs to Halsey Rodman, a sculptor living in Brooklyn, NY.

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No. 2006-04

A 00-12 fret, with standard headstock, from sapele back and sides.

This guitar remains with me as my shop guitar.

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No. 2006-05
(shown in construction)

A 00 12-fret, from yellow birch that was submerged for a century before recovery.
This guitar now belongs to Doug Kauffman, a poet, scholar, and musician in
Davis, CA.

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No. 2007-06

Another LG, constructed of East Indian
rosewood and Lutz spruce.

No. 6 belongs to Henry Rodman, of
Camp Voyageur
and Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Music by Henry
on No. 6
(coming soon)
No. 2007-07

Also a Size 2, constructed from Oregon Madrone back and sides, and Applachian
red spruce top.

No. 7 belongs to Matt Moller of Petaluma, CA.

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Rodman Size 2 guitars
No. 2007-08

A Size 2, constructed from East Indian rosewood back and sides,
and Applachian red spruce top.

This guitar belongs to Steve Wilson of Davis, CA

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Rodman Size 2 guitars

No. 9 is another LG, constructed from black walnut and "red bear" lutz spruce. No.
9 belongs to Jeff Simons, co-owner of Watermelon Music.

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No. 2008-10

No. 11 is also an LG, constructed from bubinga back and sides and Lutz spruce
top. It was sold by Watermelon music to an unknown buyer.

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No. 2008-11

This is another LG, constructed of black walnut and lutz spruce. It now belongs to
Daniel Beaton of Canberra, Australia

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No. 2008-12 and 2008-13
(during construction)

These are OO 12 fret guitars. No. 12 is constructed of Brazilian
Rosewood and sitka spruce. I bought the rosewood at MacBeath's
Lumber in Berkeley in 1973, long before the ban on import/export
of Brazilian rosewood in this country. I started the guitar in 1973
with my friend, Phil Walker, who died unexpectedly in February
2009. He was another luthier/biological anthropologist like me,
and he inspired me to be interested in luthery. I finished the guitar
in May 2008, 35 years after starting!

No. 13 is constructed of black walnut from Kentucky/Indiana.

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No. 2008-14

No. 14 is an LG constructed of tiger wood back and sides. I donated it to a fund
raiser for Lynn Woolsey, who is the U.S. Representative for California's 6th
congressional district. The guitar was signed by Michael Frante for the auction.
The guitar now belongs to the unknown high bidder ($1800).

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No. 2008-15

No. 15 is a standard OM, which is a guitar with a Triple O body and a long (25.4")
scale. Martin built these in the 1930s, then stopped until
Eric Schoenberg
convinced Martin to build a few more OMs in 1969. This one has back and
sides--and peghead overlay--of black walnut, top of Lutz spruce, Honduran
mahogany neck, ebony fretboard bound with ivoroid, ebony bridge, bone nut and
saddle. It is now owned by Dr. Cliff Gravem, who is a veterinarian in Davis,
No. 2009-16

No. 16 is a copy of the Gibson Advanced Jumbo. Gibson built about 300 of these
from 1938 to 1940, so the originals are rare and highly prized by collectors. They
are also highly valued by players, for their power. Aside from style details (note
the dart and diamond pattern of the fret board inlays), the most unusual
characteristic of the Advanced Jumbo is its 25.4" scale length. All other Gibson
jumbo models have the shorter 24.75" scale. Otherwise, the dimensions of the AJ
are the same as the J-45.

My copy emulates the natural finish version of the Advanced Jumbo. Most were
finished with a typical Gibson 1930s sunburst. The top of this one is constructed
of "leopard claw" Lutz spruce (
Picea lutzii), which grows along the Skeena River in
British Columbia.

This guitar belongs to Mark Sutton of Nashville, TN, who performs with his brother
Jason as "Brother Trouble" now on the Blaster record label.

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No. 2009-17

A standard dreadnought with black walnut back and sides, Lutz "White Gold"
spruce top, ebony fretboard, cocobolo bridge, bone nut and saddle. No. 17
belongs to a US Navy submariner.
No. 2009-18
No 18 is a copy of the original Gibson jumbo of 1934. The OJ is
the most unusual of Gibson's J series of guitars for several
reasons. FIrst, it has a very deep upper bout. The body tapers
from 4 7/8" at the tail to 4 5/8" at the neck. Second, it has three
tone bars under the lower bout instead of the two in (as far as I
know) all others of the J series. My friend Doug Kauffman left his
1934 OJ with me for a few months in 2007, and I measured it and
photographed its interior construction to help me re-create that
remarkable guitar as closely as I could.
This one now belongs to Chris Newman of Petaluma, CA. It is the
first of 5 of this model I have completed (January 1, 2009).

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No. 2009-19

No. 19 is a Size 2 instrument, patterned on the Martin 2
using measurements and photos of an original Martin
2-17 from 1928. I call it "The Nelson Special" because it is
constructed with back and sides of walnut cut by Greg
Nelson, a luthier in Novato, CA, who gave the wood to me
as a gift.

This is the 3rd of 3 Size 2 guitars I have completed. It was
sold by Waterrmelon Music in Davis, CA.

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No. 2009-20 on the road in the hands of Jason Sutton
(right in the photo)

No. 20 is another Original Jumbo reproduction, now
owned by Jason Sutton. He and his brother Mark (playing
his Advanced Jumbo No. 16) make up the group Brother
Trouble, who released their first single "Summer's Little
Angel" (Blaster Records) in April 2011.
No. 2009-21

Another Original Jumbo reproduction, now owned by Mark Lumpkin of Biloxi,

No. 2009-22

No. 22 is the first of two size 0000 guitars I have completed. In the
foreground of the photo is No. 22, with No. 23 unfinished behind. The 0000
body was an invention of the CF Martin Company back in the 1980s, and
they refer to the body style as the M. No. 22 has standard depth, which is
similar to the body depth of 000 and OM bodies. Martin builds a "Jumbo"
labeled the JM that has the body depth of a dreadnought.

No. 22 is constructed with back and sides of Brazilian leopard
wood, which has rarely been used as guitar tone wood so far. It produced a
fine instrument with clear and balanced tone.

The guitar was purchased by Gary Bruner and given as a gift to
Kurt Thomas of Pennsylvania. Kurt is an expert fly fishing guide
Clarion River Adventures) and a professional musician.

See a slide show of the construction of No. 22 set to music by Kurt Thomas
playing the guitar
More photos and details of No. 22 and No. 23 (coming soon)
No. 2009-23 under construction

No. 23 is a sister to No. 22, but with East Indian rosewood back and sides.
Still for sale at
Watermelon Music.
No. 2009-24

Danny Click's Original Jumbo.
Danny performs in Marin
County, California.

I built 4 guitars for Danny (before he took this one, and I
learned a lot from his good natured critique of each one.
Finally, Danny liked No. 21, praising it as he said, "Now
this doesn't suck...."

Buy his latest album "Life is a Good Place" on iTunes.
No. 2009-25
"The Blaster"

No. 25 is the sister to Danny Click's guitar, except that it is a hybrid Original
Jumbo and Advanced Jumbo. It has the OJ's body (deep, especially in the
upper bout) with the long scale of the AJ. This is a good combination for
power. The Blaster was made for Tom Porter, Board Chairman of the
Blaster Chemical Company. The Blaster Company is the parent of Blaster
No. 2010-26

An OM built for
Stanley Tzankov, a muscian, and a friend
and classmate of my son Henry in high school.
Indian rosewood back & sides; Sitka bracing; Lutz top;
ebony peghead veneer, fretboard and bridge; K&K
Western Pure Mini pickup.

Stanley is a student at UC Santa Barbara.
No. 2010-27
"The Fossil"

Another 12 Fret Slothead Size 2,
constructed of Malaysian blackwood back
& sides; rosewood peghead veneer,
Honduran neck; Madagascar rosewood
fretboard & bridge.
No. 27 was donated to the American
Association of Physical Anthropologists
for an auction to benefit student travel
scholarships. I built it and donated it in
honor of a friend and colleague, Phil
Walker, who was also a luthier and with
whom I started my first guitar (Now No.
2008-12). No. 27 belongs to Herman
Pontzer in Brooklyn, NY.
No. 2010-29
No. 2011-35
First Baritone
No. 2011-40
OO 12 Fret
Wendy Doll
PSRodman Guitars
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