Adjusting the ‘Truss Rod’

Adjusting the ‘Truss Rod’

Adjusting the 'Truss Rod' A guitar can at some point start to resonate or buzz, in particular higher on the neck. Or the guitar gradually becomes more difficult to play because the distance between the strings and the fretboard or neck (called action) has increased....

Why is Adirondack the best top for your guitar?

Why is Adirondack the best top for your guitar?

The Adirondack Mountains are found in upstate New York. A unique red spruce grows on its steep mountain slopes, providing the best tonewoods in the world for making guitar tops. The red spruce (Picea rubens) is a medium-sized evergreen conifer. This species is the...

Which lacquer is best for a guitar?

Which lacquer is best for a guitar?

Which lacquer is best for a guitar? There are basically two types of lacquer when building guitars: Nitrocellulose (Nitro) and Polyurethane (Poly) or Polyester. Nitro was the standard lacquer for guitars until the 1970s. Polyurethane has become more and more common...

Homestead Introduces Its First Parlor Guitar

Homestead Introduces Its First Parlor Guitar

With their characteristic narrow body and short string length (length from nut to bridge, also called scale length), Parlor guitars are about 4 cm shorter than the modern standard of 65 cm. The Parlor guitar was introduced in the US around 1870. Parlor means lounge....

Danny Vera and Homestead

Danny Vera and Homestead

On June 12, 2020, Jan Pastoor and I drove to Danny Vera's house in Middelburg in the south-west of Holland with a few Homestead guitars. We had made an appointment with Danny without any further obligation to show our guitars. Danny tried them all and at one point, he...

Why a custom guitar?

Why a custom guitar?

Many people wonder what makes personalized or custom guitars different from a factory-made guitar and whether they are better. In this blog I try to answer this. Below I summarize the main differences. Number of options  The first difference lies in the number of...

Our Homestead guitars monthly blogpost

Our Homestead guitars monthly blogpost

As of today, Homestead starts a short monthly blog about our guitars with some news. To start with, last week some customers came to pick up their new signature guitar. They were all excited with their new guitar (see our Instagram and Facebook account). One of them,...

The gold of Adirondack

The gold of Adirondack

The Adirondack Mountains are located in the north of the state of New York. On its steep mountain slopes the Adirondack red spruce grows, providing the very best quality tonewood in the world for making tops for guitars. Adirondack is harder than all other spruce wood...