I build concert classical guitars.
My guitars combine the best design and construction techniques, traditional and modern, to create responsive guitars for the discerning player. I strive to deliver the perfect balance between tone, projection, durability, and playability.
I want to build a guitar that inspires you to play.
I have been inspired and encouraged by performers, instructors and students to create guitars that are durable, beautiful, comfortable, responsive, powerful and - of course - sound great.
My home town of Calgary has large seasonal humidity variations. I have seen many high-end guitars crack due to these changes, regardless of who built them and where. To prevent this, I now laminate the back and side wood with carbon fibre. This gives strength, stiffness and stability to the wood without sacrificing tone.
I build my guitars with two important features. The first is a raised fingerboard allowing easier access to the higher frets. The second is an armrest to reduce pressure on the forearm. I can also customize body depth, scale length and nut width to the player's wishes.
French polish has traditionally been used on high-end instruments, and is considered to be acoustically transparent. Unfortunately, it is easily scratched and dented, and certain sweat chemistry can wear through it very quickly. I still provide french polish on request, but I have found a modern finish that is just as beautiful, tonally excellent, and much more durable. During the spring of 2020, I created my very first 3D rosette, which I hope to include in all my future guitars.
I build with a wide variety of woods, so I have adopted techniques which allow me to get consistent tonal qualities from my guitars. The nut and saddle of a Morrish Guitar are fully compensated to improve tuning. In addition, during the winter of 2019/2020 I created a "floating saddle block", which allows me to make intonation improvements to a guitar as its tone develops through time.
Response & Power
My standard bracing pattern uses a lightweight lattice to create a responsive and powerful guitar top. In addition, a soundport is added to the side to give the player more feedback while playing. In 2022 I started developing my own doubletop, and the results were very encouraging. Look for my first commercial doubletop in mid-2023!