The modern "classical" guitar took form in the mid 19th century and has essentially remained unchanged, and unchallenged, to this day. Jason Booth of Deadwood Guitars works everyday at improving the volume, tone, and projection of the instrument while keeping the traditional nature and art of luthiery. He works with all different types of woods, has offset the sound hole, experiments with different bracens, and is not afraid to alter proportions or body size. Jason's guitars are each one of a kind and produce a uniquely distinctive full sound.
We followed Jason as he constructed a customized guitar for Athens, Georgia blues legend Rick Fowler. It starts with a series of cuts. A tree must come down. Jason only works with trees that are already dead, or are sick and need to come down. He takes this dead wood (hence the name of his company) and gives it life. With much grit, Jason manages the fallen tree into workable pieces of board. Using a few basic saws he transforms these boards into the body and neck of a guitar. Then with meticulous detail Jason shows his true passion and skill by fine-tuning every aspect of the guitar. It is remarkably beautiful.
This video shows the entire journey for one of Jason's guitars, from the tree to the stage. Whether you are a fan of music/craftsmanship or not, you will truly be amazed at Jason's modern traditional approach to luthiery .
Special Thanks To:
Jason Booth and Deadwood Guitars
The Rick Fowler Band
Rick Fowler (Guitar, Vocals), Greg Veale (Bass, Vocals), Michael Doke (Slide Guitar, Vocals), and Dean Quinter (Drums)
"Profit Off the Lord"
Rick Fowler Band
All other music written and performed by the Rick Fowler Band
Videography & Editing
Dirtty Toe Productions
Cartter Fontaine, Sam Birdsong, and Kelly Smith
Contact us at Cartter.Fontaine@gmail.com