Last factory visit on my recent US trip was to Taylor Guitars in El Cajon San Diego.  I’ve been involved with these guys for over 15 years so it’s a pleasure to reacquaint with all of my old friends there.  What impresses me about Taylor is their ability to try out new ideas like the new V Class bracing and ergonomic features designed by Andy Powers. I got to spend time with him looking at some new designs for release at the January NAMM. This guy really runs his own race and is a truly amazing designer and cool guy. Was also fantastic to hang out with the second-to-none repair department.  Amongst my old friends was Tim Luranc who has been working with Bob Taylor since 1974 when it all began. Tim is retiring next year- what an innings in this industry! #taylorguitars #luthierontour #getoutoftheworkshop #vclassbracing #luthier
Next stop on my recent US trip was Collings Guitars in Austin Texas - I’ve proudly had an association with these guys for close to a decade and finally got to put faces to the friends I’ve known. Expecting/hoping to see some magic secret weapons that these guys use to create such amazing sounding quality guitars, I was happily surprised to find incredibly humble and skilled individuals simply doing great painstaking work.  So refreshing. Apart from meeting management contacts Steve McCreary and Mark Althans and many others I got to meet the amazing Bruce VanWart.  He is the first Collings employee and has personally chosen/graded/thicknessed every top/back and sides for acoustics since the start.  I learned a lot from discussing how he assesses spruce tops and other woods in a production environment. Great people who put a lot of heart into keeping Bill Collings vision alive.  #luthierontour #luthier #collingsguitars #gettingoutoftheworkshop #austintexas
My recent trip to the CF Martin & Co factory in Nazareth PA was amazing.  Apart from learning about current production, I got to spend  some time with Archivist/historian Jason Ahner in the Martin archives and museum. Had the chance to examine the oldest example (1834) of a guitar made by CF Martin Sr himself, the earliest known example of an X braced guitar(1842-43) and the very first guitar that Ever bore the stamping “D-28” (1931). It was a real privilege to handle these and once again see the North St Factory where guitars were made from 1839. Also got to do some valuable research on restorations I am working on. Next stop Texas...... #martinguitar #luthier #guitarrestoration #luthierontour #getoutoftheworkshop
Just back this week from a busy 3 week trip to the USA to visit some factories and friends. First stop was a visit to @gryphonstrings in Palo Alto San Francisco to visit old friend and mentor Frank Ford and co author of the official “History of Martin Guitars”  book Richard Johnston. It’s been a good 15 years since I had a chance to see Frank. He has been a huge influence on my work in restoration and repair and a true Lutherie legend! Was a huge honour to spend some time talking shop in their busy repair department!  #luthier #guitarrestoration #luthierontour #gryphonstrings #mentor
The last time I visited CF Martin & Co was a few years ago.  I had the privilege of standing in the room where so many of the vintage martins I am lucky enough to restore were made at the North Street factory. I’ll be back there for another visit very soon. Getting excited!  #luthier #vintagemartin #martinguitar
Side damage repair. No tricks just careful clamping.  #guitarrepair #whatsonyourbench #luthier #guitarrepair
Happy client @jack_nolan_music collected his sweet little 1964 00-21NY today after neck re set, new BRW bridge and some glue ups.  Quite respectable quarter cut Brazilian back and side material for 60’s era. Nice find! #martinguitar #luthier #whatsonyourbench #lutherie #guitarrepair #mallialutherie
Rare guitar on the bench.  1930’s Harmony Roy Smeck Professional. I was lucky enough to recommission this guitar after it had been lying under a house for decades. It features an “aeroplane” bridge which was produced to commemorate Charles Lindberg’s 1927 Atlantic crossing.  Also features stunning figured Cuban Mahogany.  #whatsonyourbench #guitarrepair #vintageguitars #harmonyguitar #luthier #roysmeck
Abalone heart rosette. The heart figure area being where the muscle attaches to the shell is so small I made this from 36 small pieces of interlocking shell for a continuous abalaone heart ring. This shimmers!  #abalone #luthier #australianmade #customguitar #guitarmaker #lutherie #whatsonyourbench #acousticguitar

“I first became aware of Jeff Mallia’s extraordinary luthier skills when I played an early 20th Century Gibson mandocello that he had done major neck repairs to. I immediately realised that I could trust any vintage instrument I had with him. Over the years he has done significant repairs to my 1989 Dan Crary Signature Taylor and 1969 Martin D-18 guitars and more recently, a major restoration of a recently-acquired 1972 Martin D-28. His eye for detail, historic instrumental knowledge and passion for optimising the sound of every instrument and customising it for the individual player’s style places him second to none amongst the top luthiers in Australia.”

Hunter Owens
Hunter OwensFrom the award-winning duo Hunter & Suzy

“Jeff is the guitar doctor of guitar doctors. I’ve never seen such awesome work – and all done under intense time pressure with a terrific bedside manner.”

David Knopfler
David KnopflerFounding member of Dire Straits

“I have played basses built by Jeff for over 20 years now. The only two basses I own are Mallia 4 strings. I can easily embrace the idea that they’re my life time instruments. He loves what he does and really gets inside what it is you’re looking for as a player. Actually, he challenges you to answer for yourself what it is your’e looking for in the pending instrument. Once you’re both clear on that, he just nails it. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of his instruments. They look and feel great and play beautifully. They respond to subtle variations in touch. I have used them on dozens of albums and hundreds of live performances, etc.”

Steve Hunter
Steve HunterBassist, Composer,

“…just a short note to let you know how pleased I am with the repair you conducted on my dobro neck. I appreciate the effort you went to and realise you could have just given it ‘band-aid’ treatment. Thanks again.”

Jeff King
Jeff KingForeday

“I just wanted to drop you a short line to commend you once again on the terrific job you did on customising my D’aquisto.

Now that I have had it for about 6 weeks and have had the chance to ‘play it in’, it is as if you were able to duplicate the exact picture inside my head and bring it exactly to life. A difficult task for anyone in their chosen field, however, you have demonstrated this ability of listening and reproducing the desired effect as effortlessly as drawing a breath. I am contemplating contacting the original manufacturers to advise them of your expertise, and at the very least, I shall shout your name from the rooftop to any serious guitarist looking for a customised job. Well done.”

Jason Campbell
Jason CampbellJ.C. & The JazzHoppers
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