Guitar Construction: Solid Wood Versus Laminated Wood

Guitar Construction: Solid Wood Versus Laminated Wood

Guitar Construction: Solid Wood Versus Laminated WoodSolid Adirondack top and Solid Rosewood back for Homestead GuitarsIn acoustic guitar, the guitar's body has a major role in determining the sound a guitar produces. Although the main source of the sound of a guitar...

Terminology for the sound of an acoustic guitar

Terminology for the sound of an acoustic guitar

Terminology for the sound of an acoustic guitarIn the guitar world, guitarists discuss the timbres guitars produce in terms that may not be familiar to many musicians. This glossary briefly describes some of these terms, without aiming for completeness. Judging sound...

The Homestead Models: Various Shapes of Guitar Bodies

The Homestead Models: Various Shapes of Guitar Bodies

Homestead models: different shapes of guitar bodies   At Homestead Guitars, we offer a variety of guitar shapes for customers to choose from. Besides the appearance, the shape of the guitar's body also produces different tonal colors and a different feel when you...

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....

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...