Body: Custom Resotron
There is nothing like Jim Worland’s custom Resotron on the market! The resonator cone of this guitar is produced from an actual vinyl record. Jim recycles vintage 33s and keeps the music going by heat pressing them into a perfect resonator cone. This instrument is also equipped with a high quality, floating humbucker pickup. Other details include vinyl headstock overlay and vinyl album artwork montage on body. The neck bolt-on is handmade from quarter-swan mahogany with an Indian rosewood. The back of the guitar is a secondary resonator made from a plain flat 33 vinyl.
Please note that while it is brand new, there are some superficial scratches in the headstock that do not impair the sound quality at all.
Luthier Jim Worland builds just about anything that has a soundbox and strings. His offerings start out with very affordable steel-string flattops and move all the way into outlandish multi-string harp guitars.”
– Acoustic Guitar April 2007
I began building instruments when I was 16 by taking scrap wood and mounting old microphone parts for pickups. Those experiments weren’t very successful but they sent me on a path to being a full time musical instrument maker.
My first foray into acoustic instruments began in 1991 when I built a simple wooden banjo as a wood working project. As I got my courage up I began to build acoustic guitars for myself and was amazed that the crude guitars I built played and sounded so much better than the nice looking factory guitars I owned. My playing took off to a much higher level and I was sold on the benefit of a hand made instrument.
In 1997 I studied with Charles Fox and began to set up a guitar making shop. Eventually I was able to quit my day job as a design engineer and work on guitars full time. Currently I build custom guitars and other string instruments in my shop full time. I also teach guitar making on a one-on-one basis and occasionally take on an apprentice to help out.
Simple or elaborate, the instruments I build are custom made according to whatever the customer wants. What I enjoy doing most is collaborating with artists and musicians in designing and building their dream instruments. The greatest payment I receive is to hear the new instrument being played by its new owner and seeing the smile on their face as they see and hear it for the first time.
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