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Peter's G-J45BL Model
Left Handed

The guitar was commissioned by a Muso from Queensland who has spent time in Africa and wanted to incorporate tone woods from both Queensland and Africa. The rest of the design was left up to Working Dog Guitars.


With the exception of the African Wenge and Spruce internal bracing, this guitar is totally Australian in tone wood.  The bracing is forward shifted and lighter on the base side.  This has created a tone that is well balanced between the base and treble.  When first strummed, the guitar came to life even though the woods will take some time in settling into their new shape.  I expect this instrument to mature with a great tone and will get better with age as the timbers accept their new shapes and the stress in the new wood is relaxed..


Details

Gibsons style sloping shoulders and slightly forward shifted bracing. 

Soundboard: Queensland Bunya Pine,

Back and Sides: Tasmanian Blackwood.  The Danish Oil creates an almost 3D grain effect

Neck: Queensland Maple with a Jarrah pin stripe

Fingerboard and bridge: African Wenge.  The fingerboard has a LP style MOP inlay

The neck has a 'C' shape with a modern profile.

The head stock has an African Wenge face with vintage open Waverly tuners and is bound with Queensland Maple.

The guitar is bound with Queensland Maple and Queensland Maple is also used in the pin stripe on the back of the guitar.

Scale: 25" (Slightly shorter scale)

Nut Width: 45 mm. Slightly wider than a traditional 1 3/4 " (44 mm)

Truss Rod: Double action, adjusted through the headstock

Neck Joint: Dovetail joined at the 14th fret

Finish: Danish Oil (Satin)

Tony's G-J45AW Model
Dreadnought

The guitar was commissioned by the wife of a keen guitarist for a surprise birthday.  The design was left up to Working Dog Guitars.

With a growing acceptance for other tone woods, we decided to use African Wenge for the back and sides.  This was a great decision as the guitar looks and sounds great.  Research Wenge on the web and you migfht find that certain luthiers are calling this species of wood a viable replacement for Brazilian Rosewood.  Asthetically, we believe it looks better.  As for tone, that's up to the listener, however, we're not disapointed.


Details

Gibsons style sloping shoulders and slightly forward shifted bracing. 

Soundboard: North American Sitka Spruce,

Back and Sides: African Wenge (see additional photographs - this wood is stunning)

Neck: Mahogany with a Jarrah pin stripe

Fingerboard and bridge: African Wenge

The neck has a 'C' shape with a modern profile.

The head stock has an African Wenge face with vintage open Grover tuners.

The guitar is bound with Queensland Maple and Queensland Maple is also used in the two pin stripes on the back of the guitar.


Scale: 25.4"

Nut Width: 45 mm. Slightly wider than a traditional 1 3/4 " (44 mm)

Truss Rod: Double action, adjusted through the headstock

Neck Joint: Dovetail joined at the 14th fret

Finish: Traditional Nitrocellulose (gloss)

Davey's G-J160DL Model 
Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Custom

Inspired by John Lennon's Gibson J160e

The guitar was commissioned by a working professional who has a love of the Beatles and, in particular, John Lennon's guitar.  The brief was simple.  Take inspiration from the J160e but put our own spin on the design.


Details

Just like the Gibsons of the day, this guitar has a sloping shoulder profile and a 'belly up' bridge (rotated 180').  The bracing is typical of the era but slightly shifted backwards. Gibson style inlays adorn the fret board and the guitar is connected at the 14th fret.  Of interest, is that the J160e is connected at the 15th fret.

The guitar features Australian tone woods throughout.  

Soundboard: Tasmanian King William Pine (King Billy),

Back and Sides: Blackheart Sassafras (see additional photographs - this wood is stunning)

Neck: Queensland Maple

Fingerboard: African Wenge with Queensland Maple binding

The neck has a 'C' shape with a slightly thicker profile typical of the early Gibsons.

The head stock has an African Wenge face with vintage open Grover tuners.

The guitar is bound with 80 year old Jarrah and Jarrah is also used in the neck pin stripe and guitar back.


Scale: 25.4"

Nut Width: 45 mm. Slightly wider than a traditional 1 3/4 " (44 mm)

Truss Rod: Double action, adjusted through the headstock

Neck Joint: Dovetail joined at the 14th fret

Finish: Traditional Nitrocellulose (Semi-gloss)

OM 'Kinkade' Model
Solid Otway Blackwood Custom

From John Gabb's Otway farm to a beautiful all Blackwood guitar

John's farm has provided pine for a previous guitar in the Working Dog range.  This time we have procured a number of Blackwood logs that have been split into billets and left to dry. Then milled by Working Dog Guitars to be used for every part of this guitar, with the exception of the fingerboard, bindings, purflings and headstock face.

Koa (from Hawaii) has been used previously to great effect as a soundboard.  Since Blackwood and Koa have very similar acoustic and physical properties, we decided to build an all Blackwood model that has not disappointed us with respect to aesthetics, volume and tone.  This guitar is loud for an OM model and will age beautifully.  This guitar was auctioned at the Mt Hotham Ski Patrol Big Gig auction which was held 12 August, 2017.  Email us for a price list.


Details

Orchestra Model (OM) featuring solid Victorian Otway Blackwood back and sides, Solid Otway Blackwood sound board and traditional Spruce bracing.

The neck is made of Blackwood, 'C' profile with an African Wenge finger board (substitute for Ebony) with mother of pearl dot and diamond inlays.

The finger board is bound by Queensland Maple.

Head stock has an African Wenge face with vintage open Grover tuners.  It also features Blackwood 'WD" inlays as a departure from our standard logo.

The guitar is bound with 80 year old Jarrah and Jarrah is also used in the neck pin stripe and guitar back.


Scale: 25.4"

Nut Width: 45 mm. Slightly wider than a traditional 1 3/4 " (44 mm)

Truss Rod: Double action, adjusted through the headstock

Neck Joint: Dovetail joined at the 14th fret

Finish: Traditional Nitrocellulose (gloss)

Mt. Hotham Ski Patrol
G-J45 Dreadnaught Custom

Commissioned by the Mt. Hotham Ski Patrol that was auctioned at Mt. Hotham on 13 August, 2016 to raise funds for the provision of much needed rescue equipment.

Dreadnaught Model featuring solid Tasmanian Blackwood back and sides, North American Spruce sound board and forward shifted scalloped Spruce bracing.

The neck is made of Queensland Maple, 'C' profile with a Rosewood finger board with mother of pearl 'Tree of Life' inlay.

Head stock has a Blackwood face with sealed high end Gotoh tuners. 

Sadle, end pins and nut are bone.

The bracing has been moved forward towards the sound hole emphasising the base response without being 'boomy'.

African Wenge is also used for the neck, back and sound board stripes.


Scale: 25.4"

Nut Width: 1 3/4 " (44 mm)

Truss Rod: Double action

Neck Joint: Dovetail joined at the 14th fret

Finish: Traditional French Polish (Shellac)

Robert's G-J45 Model
Left Handed

Made for a close friend to replace his old faithful guitar.

Dreadnaught Model featuring solid Mahogany back and sides, Queensland Bunyia Pine sound board and forward scalloped King Billy bracing.

The neck is made of Queensland Maple, 'C' profile with an African Wenge finger board (substitute for Ebony) with mother of pearl dot inlays.

Head stock has a Blackwood face with sealed Grover tuners. 

Sadle, end pins and nut are bone and the scratch guard is made from African Wenge.

The bracing has been moved forward towards the sound hole emphasising the base response without being 'boomy'.  This guitar was made for a client that loves to play at parties.


Scale: 25" (Shorter scale helps make this guitar very playable without compromising the tone)

Nut Width: 1 3/4 " (44 mm)

Truss Rod: Double action

Neck Joint: Dovetail joined at the 14th fret

Finish: Danish Oil, Polished


OM 'Kinkade' Model

Orchestra Model featuring solid Tasmanian Blackwood back and sides, Tasmanian King William Pine (a.k.a King Billy) sound board and traditional scalloped King Billy bracing.

The neck is made of blackwood, 'C' profile with an African Wenge finger board (substitute for Ebony) with mother of pearl dot and diamond inlays.

Head stock has an African Wenge face with sealed Grover tuners. 

Sadle, end pins and nut are bone and the scratch guard is made from African Wenge.

The sound board is from sub A grade stock that has imperfections but has not affected the rich tone from this guitar in the slitest.  As a result, the guitar has an attractive grain pattern that sets it aside from others.


Scale: 25.4"

Nut Width: 1 3/4 " (44 mm)

Truss Rod: Double action

Neck Joint: Dovetail joined at the 14th fret

Finish: Danish Oil, Matt

'Les Paul' style Hardtail

Gotoh Humbucker pickups gives this guitar a 'dirty' overdrive that is unique.  The wiring schematic is a 'Jimmy Page' variation of the traditional Les Paul style.

The body is solid Mahogany with a Rosewood fingerboard and Queensland Maple neck.  I used a hardtail variation for the bridge.

The headstock has a Redgum faceplate and the tuners are leftover Fender 3 + 3's


Scale: 25.5"

Nut Width: 1 3/4 " (44 mm)

Truss Rod: Electric guitar, one way

Neck Joint: Bolt on

Finish: Danish Oil, Polished

G-J45 Cutaway Model
Reclaimed Wood

This dreadnaught Model is constructed with 100% reclaimed timbers.  Incorporating a cutaway to reach the higher fretts.  The neck is made of multiple Blackwood peices and, depending on taste, gives the guitar a special look.  Two Redgum neck stripes support the neck.

The guitar featuring solid Tasmanian Blackwood back and sides, Victorian Ottway 'wind breaker' pine reclaimed from a friend's property.  Forward shifted scalloped King Billy bracing.

The neck is slightly 'D' profiled with a African Wenge finger board and rosette (substitute for Ebony) with mother of pearl dot inlays.

Head stock has an African Wenge face with sealed Gotoh tuners. 

Sadle, end pins and nut are bone and the scratch guard is made from black perloid.

The bracing has been moved forward towards the sound hole emphasising the base response without being 'boomy'. This guitar was made to illustrate that great tone doesn't neccessarily require AAA quality tone woods.  This guitar has aged in tone beautifully and will remain in my 'quiver'.


Scale: 25.4"

Nut Width: 1 3/4 " (44 mm)

Truss Rod: Double action

Neck Joint: Dovetail joined at the 14th fret

Finish: Traditional Nitrocellulose

First Proof of Concept
OM Guitar Solid Oregon

This prototype is the first acoustic guitar that was built by Working Dog Guitars.  It is constructed using 100% construction grade Oregon reclaimed from our rear pergola after it rotted.

It does, however, boast Rosewood fingerboard, bridge and scratch plate. The neck is made from reclaimed Redgum (our old house stumps) and it certainly doesn't need a truss rod.  However, a one way truss rod is fitted.

The sound hole is offset to maximise the soundboard area.

How does it play? Better than I expected although the sound is bright.  Oregon as a sound board is probably too stiff in the thickness I used.

Another feature is the 'through the sadle' guitar string attachment.