2019 Duchess of Walnut
Electric carved body F-Hole parlor model.
Recovering and Repurposing Music Grade Walnut
These photos show the evolution of a custom stringed instrument started years ago from salvaged rough cut Pennsylvania walnut tree, downed in a winter storm. Walnut is naturally beautiful, with intense dark tones and highlights. He air dried stacks of wood before selecting the best flitches. The neck, carved from the same tree features classic bullet mark, quirky character preserved from a slug found embedded in the old tree. Paul brought out the potential of the wood in the Duchess of Walnut - electric cutaway parlor model, Les Paul sized, with a difference! It features two Humbucker P90 pickups, Gotoh tuners, and three-way switch. The carved top and back give an acoustic depth to the Duchess and the F-hole adds a classic look and feel to the instrument. Must play to fully appreciate!