Carson Guitar

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Eric Carson Guitar
Kerrville, Texas USA

Builder of Fine Fretted Instruments
Since 1998

Welcome to Eric Carson Guitar. I build guitars one at a time. I use traditional building techniques combined with modern engineering to create my instruments. I am a  self taught luthier and true "hand builder". I free-form build guitars. I draw a body shape, then hand bend sides to match my pattern. I use hand tools to construct my guitars. Really, the only power tools I use is a drill and a router.  Each guitar is a unique piece of musical art. I have never built the same guitar twice, and never plan to. If you want a truly unique one of a kind guitar, you have found it.

Making The Koa Telecrankster Guitar

Coming Soon!
This is the new Deep-Body-Fingerstyle guitar. Bubinga/Quilt Spruce/Koa trim

Here's a peek at the latest walnut fingerstyle guitar "Claro Crescendo"
still some finish work to be done

This is Mitch Mitchell's  OM rosewood cutaway with radial top bracing and  flamed mahogany neck.  Vintage woods used on this guitar were cut over 50 years ago! 

What makes a great sounding guitar? Sound is subjective, so the answer to this can be hard to
put into words. Everyone interprets tone differently. The woods used to build a guitar will add color
to the voice of a guitar. The size of the body will determine the frequency response. A smaller
sized guitar will have less bass while a larger guitar will have less treble resopnse. Scale length
also affects tuning range of a guitar and the gauge of strings to be used. If you like to bend
notes when you play, a shorter scale works great. If you use alternate tunings, a longer scale
may be to your liking. Soundboard wood also affects tone and response. If you like to strum hard
and play with a pick, Sitka spruce is a good choice. If you are mainly a fingerstyle player and
use light gauge strings it is hard to beat a Cedar or Englemann Spruce top. Bracing also influences
clarity and note separation. 

So, what makes a great sounding guitar? The player, but you are only as good as the tools you have
to work with. I want to build you an inspiring instrument that will take your playing to the next level.

Side Porting
I've been adding a side port to some of my guitars since 2007. This acts as a personal sound monitor, allowing the player to have a more enjoyable experience. This feature also allows me to fine-tune the body to resonant pitch, improving sustain and overtones.