EYE CANDY! The Master of Acoustic Guitar Inlay • Acoustic Tuesday 209

If you’ve ever wondered how some of these crazy, intricate designs on acoustic guitars are made, you’re not alone. In this video you’ll see how some of the greatest masters of inlay create beautiful inlay design!

The artists selected this week are world-renowned inlay artists, working with everything from lacquer to mother of pearl to create incredible art right on the guitar. We’ll be featuring the folks who have created some of Martin Guitar’s stunning instruments, as well as the incredibly talented Simon Haycraft who works on Thompson Guitars.

Whether you’re just starting to play acoustic guitar or you’ve been playing for decades, I always love to show people that acoustic guitars can be incredible art pieces, whether their inlay work is subtle or over the top.

You’ll also have a chance to preview an incredible documentary called Dragons & Vines. Brought to you by the folks at the Museum of Instrument Making, this 3-part documentary is a must-see for anyone interested in guitar design or inlay work. Be sure to check it out on the Museum of Instrument Making’s website or YouTube channel!

In addition to discussing acoustic guitar inlay, you’ll get to see how valuable playing the guitar for at least 10 minutes a day is, especially when dealing with this week’s TAC Tuesday Guitar Lick Challenge. And, just to drive that concept home, you’ll hear from a TAC Family member who has used the 10 minutes a day method to launch his guitar journey to new heights.

Last but not least, you’ll get your weekly dose of acoustic guitar news you can use! Featured this week are…

  • New Norman Blake album titled “Day by Day”.
  • Justin Townes Earle’s Signature Model from Recording King
  • Courtney Hartman’s New Single
  • The Lostines featured on Western AF’s YouTube Channel

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  1. Is the message “Be nice and play guitar” on both sides of you coffee mugs?

  2. Hi Tony. I think you missed one of the true pioneers of inlay work. When Martin guitars wanted to reintroduce the D-45 after years of not making them, they had nobody on staff who could do the inlays. They hired their inlay work out to a guy who did the 45 series instruments, as well as, later, doing the inlays of Eric Clapton’s signature on their tribute models. For many years, ALL of the custom inlay work for Martin guitars was performed by David Nichols of Custom Pearl Inlay in Malone, NY. You may want to check out his website www. custompearlinlay.com.
    P.S. Dave is my mentor and good friend of MANY years. I think you’ll be quite impressed by his work.
    Thanks much for a great show and service to all guitarists.

  3. I totally enjoyed todays Acoustic Tuesday.. I have one concern: On the program, Tony announced the next party as January 5, 2022. However, on the email advertisement of the Acoustic Tuesday, there was an announcement written as
    Next 90-Day Progress Party January 6th @ 11am MST
    Somebody may miss out if it doesn’t get clarified.

  4. Great topic today. Loved learning about all the artists and the beautiful guitars they create. Quick question. I’d love a TAC baseball cap but didn’t see any in the shop. Are they available and if so, where would I find one?