Mini Documentary//Inspiration

For those of you who haven't seen it yet.. We just did for the first time the other day and think it's great. Thanks very much Joey, if you're reading! Thought you guys may enjoy it, though, and get a good sense of the shop and what Carmine Street/Kelly Guitars are all about. I'm very proud to be in it and be working at the shop with Rick.

Haven't posted many favorites//inspiration in a  while..

Zdzislaw Beksinski, love all of the videos online of him but here's a couple of them.. Thought it was interesting in the second link where he was talking about how similar Xenakis and Schnittke's sounds/harmonies are, yet one is emotional for him and the other he disliked- reminded me of the NY Times article I linked to a post or two back on what makes music sad (link for that for those of you who missed it: )

•Hieronymus Bosch, of course, for those of you who have never looked closely at his "instruments" •Albert Joseph Penot's Bat Girl(I think 1890?) •Jesse Draxler//Jen Whitaker's work from a while back, although he's constantly coming out with great stuff •Jean Melville's Parsifal (1890?) •Julia Randall •Kim Sung Jin's Aphrodite (2007) •Takato Yamamoto •Barnaby Whitfield •A great movie on Netflix right now - Before I Disappear, highly recommended. One of my all time favorites now really. •Odd Nerdrum of course. Watch out for his upcoming solo show at Booth Gallery, absolutely incredible stuff

Here's a couple photos of the bowery pick guard I did for Nate over at Wholetone Guitars. Skimtop Kelly T Bowery Pine guitar. He's also getting a great Bowery Pine LesG.

Rick and I have a mini Grave model coming along to match the cathedral guitar.. Look out for more process shots on this one. FullSizeRender 41

You guys know by now how much I love and have followed the Kings Theatre.. well, when Bret and I were getting like 5 tons of old pine the other day, walking back we saw they were shooting something over there.  Didn't check any signs, wonder what it could be! If anybody finds out let me know!

  One more interesting thing you guys would probably enjoy.. 1930s Gibson Bret sent me that came in. What a neat old guitar! I'd buy it, so cool, photos in the soundhole. I wish I knew the story.

  I've got lots of work to do so I am leaving this as is. I will post more very soon, the Jimi Hendrix/"Merman" themed guitar is coming along very nicely. Here's a sneak peak of that so stay posted!


1983... (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)

I am constantly apologizing for not posting daily or at least weekly but truly I am working a lot right now -75 hours per week actually, so hang in there on my updates! I am working steady on guitars either way and will have lots of stuff up within the next few weeks.

Some interesting things have gone on. I am finally finishing up the Dia de los Muertos guitar(I've got the neck done, just finishing up the wood burning and staining- then obviously wiring and assembly which won't take long), starting to work on the Jimi Hendrix(song) themed order, and a birthday/Christmas gift guitar that I will post probably around mid-January. Here's what's gone on in my life since I last posted..

First thing, I got on an empty B train one morning on my way to the shop already looking at where I wanted to sit from outside the train window and this was written down right next to the seat, no body in the car except me- I got a kick out of it. Maybe you will too, or maybe not but here it is!

FullSizeRender 17 I've been working on a lot of things. I finally finished the stitching on the Pick Pocket Moto Guard and the logo for the Moto Jag. I used a coping saw for nearly all of the cutting, everything done by hand for it. My friend Carol helped me with the first Pick Pocket Moto Guard(stitching, putting the pocket in and all) She hired me to start working at her old school shop on Bleecker Street(called Native Leather). I only do once a week but it's very helpful especially for future moto and harness work. It's been there generations for those of you who haven't been there yet, definitely worth a trip. She's got a lot of leather stuff but also has hats, knives, clothing, keychains, boot straps, belts, belt buckles, badges, bolo ties, etc. (And great gloves, the ones I was trying on in that photo I had to take home ha) It's actually one of the first places I went in on one of my first trips to the city looking for a little leather jacket when I was a kid.

Fancy new layout on the site here for the photographs.. trying to keep things in order and easier to scroll through so I hope this is helping you guys. I'll now have some great videos, as well; Easiest way to do this was YouTube, so Cindy Guitars now has a YouTube channel! Everything on there will be on here most likely, at least for now but I'm sure Carmine Street Guitars will have one soon, which I will post about.


I finished up a pick guard for our friend Charley; a custom order of the silhouette of the New York skyline. (Rick and I have been waiting for someone to order something like that- I have more ideas working with the New York skyline so keep an eye out) I do need to get better photos of this one but this is what I have so far. I didn't have my nice camera with me the day he picked it up. Raw and then shellacked...

Some *process shots* on the Dia de los Muertos Cindy order.. First full Cindy order, actually. This whole face of the guitar will have artwork on it.

My birthday is the 20th of November. I got some really neat stuff including tickets to Kings Theatre for a private tour from Bret. Kings is a beautiful theatre recently completely restored(built in 1929 and closed in 1977) that I've been following for years since I moved to Flatbush. The construction guys were nice enough to let me in and see it under restoration a couple summers but I hadn't been there yet since it was completed. They've had about 80 shows now and it's nice to see it's doing well. Some shots from the tour..

And of course my bench.. haha, Rick makes the best birthday signs. FullSizeRender 15

I'm working on the pin-up pickguard that I started a while ago. A process/rough shot of that for anyone who may be interested.. Lotsa babes, this one's gonna look great, though- maybe on a black t? I don't know that I'm putting any colour on this one yet.

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There is now a bench in the apartment by the way! Rick gave me a couple really cool old piano tops some years back and one of them finally got put to good use! I'll have some great shots of it as it's finished up.

You all know how much I love New York and it's history.. For those of you who have never seen Greenwich Village's (awesome) Locksmith I took some photos of it a few weeks back.

Talking about the Village... Rick wanted to repaint the basement door so he rushed one night when it was a bit rainy out, thinking he had some solid spray paint to use and maybe it'd work out okay - only to realize it was indoor latex paint later on, so we got to the shop the next day to find this....  Try not to laugh... The landlady has black paw prints going up the stairs in her house. IMG_1089

We have our stockings up in the shop, all the Bum Squad- it's worth stopping by just to see those funny things. I'll take photo soon and post it closer to Christmas. I do have a photo of this.. yes, I do actually own this now..hahah; the first and only "ugly Christmas sweater" I've ever put on which is perfect 'cos I absolutely love the Gremlins. FullSizeRender 21 Speaking of the Gremlins, there he is sitting on my couch! With my copy of Banksy's Dismaland the gallery director brought back for me from England. IMG_1112

Also- keep your eyes open for Jim Jarmush's newest movie.  Rick and I have modified an acoustic guitar for it which I won't post yet.. But here's an article.. Jim Jarmusch New Movie He stopped by the other day to get some work done on his own acoustic and told us he's been filming a little bit around the block from the shop. Not the best photo but here it is... (we have a really great polaroid together when I was blonde which was hilarious - my hair was white blonde for nearly ten years and the first day I met him we were both wearing blue jean button ups, black pants, and black overcoats so we looked like twins) A photo to post soon I think! :P

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Last thing- Pick up a copy of the upcoming issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine; I believe it's coming out within the next couple weeks.. The first Cindy Guitars ad/new Kelly Carmine Street ad will be in it. Also the issue after that, which is the NAMM issue! XxX

Leather, Burning, and Lennon

Some photo updates on the leather jag I was working on.. Still yet to finish up some last minute things. I've had to travel a bit lately so I am catching up again. Giampaolo's custom is done. I have finished the custom pickguard  James ordered- John Lennon//Goryeo Celadon "Free as a Bird" themed pickguard and am working on finishing the Dia de los Muertos T for Daniel, the first full custom guitar order I've had.


   The link to the information of the vase can be found here:

More updates and posting soon.

Also, for those of you interested on Pinterest..

My new website is being worked on currently but I'll have it up soon, still posting process shots on here of course. Xx

Last Call to Save Chumley's;; One Click at a Time!

Hi everybody!Being a huge supporter of "Old New York" and the few mom and pop shops left here in New York City, I had to post on this as soon as I could. I am lucky to have caught it this morning on SaveNYC's website.  Please follow them and please take a second to sign this petition to save Chumley's!!! So much history behind this place and it would be AWESOME to see it's doors open again! For those of you who do not know, we also build some of our guitars out of the old pine boards from Chumley's, so we have a special place for it in our hearts at Carmine Street Guitars right around the corner.


The meeting is scheduled TOMORROW(10/15/15) to begin at 6:30 p.m. in St. Anthony's Church on Sullivan Street in SoHo.

"Chumley's, a beloved Greenwich Village Bar since 1922 and the last beating heart of Bohemia, has been closed nearly nine years. A rag-tag group of locals, retired Firemen, and aging restaurant workers have thrown thousands of hours of work, millions of dollars in cash and countless prayers at the the wheels of Justice, Reason and New York City's many mantled Bureaucracy keeping alive the dream of Chumley's reopening.

There is one step, one barrier and one hope left. NYC's Community Board Two has to approve an application for a liquor license at 86 Bedford Street. Frankly, no liquor license means no Chumley's. And this is the last chance of the monied real estate interests and AstroTurf NIMBYs to block Chumley's return.

Please sign the following Petition to being back one authentic link to historic Greenwich Village in a world "seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil." See you there. #openchumleys

"We, the undersigned residents, neighbors and merchants welcome and encourage the return of our neighbor Chumley’s to 86 Bedford Street and Greenwich Village. We acknowledge the operating hours previously agreed upon with Community Board Two’s SLA Committee (and the full Community Board) of Sunday-Wednesday 11 am to 1 am and Thursday-Saturday 11 am to 2 am. We believe Chumley’s operators, known to the community for many years, will conduct a business that is contributory, cooperative and responsive to neighborhood concerns as assured."

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.

Inspiration for the day, who couldn't smile at a beautiful Marilyn photo?  Some updates on what I've been getting done..  



So, the Cathedral is finally done! And I believe I will have the leather jag done tomorrow! It's got a beautiful leather headstock to match the leather and accent trim on the body. I've got some good photos going for the website and I'll be trying to keep up better on here again. Keep checking back!! Xx

New Pickguard Finished

 This one is for our friend Rod. First time using Hotel Chelsea and Chumley's on a piece, amber along the boarder. Xx





Cathedral Update

A goofy photo of me but a good one to show the size. The rest are updates of where I've been going with it and ate truer to colour. It is now stained and is really closing in on being finished.    





The showcases are done and so is my Cathedral logo as well as the first coat of shellac on the face of the body! The new bench is coming along,  made my workboard and I'll be onto finishing the Cathedral soon, not to mention I have some neat custom jobs coming up so keep checking back. Xxx

New Custom Pickguard for Ila and Other Work

This pickguard is the one I finished for a girl named Ila who ordered a custom Bowery.IMG_6989 IMG_6990

The rest of these are old repair or custom jobs.  An old Martin uke that went through Superstorm Sandy in NJ and a custom "Woodstock Paisley" themed Bowery T-Style from over summer. IMG_6525

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Quick Pickguard Photo

IMG_0526 Snapped this quick this morning here at the shop before leaving for the bar;

I'll be posting a photo of a new rose/barbed wire themed pick guard soon and Rick and I are picking up the leather for my moto guitar this Sunday so keep checking back for updates! I'll hopefully also have some time so post some music and antique stuff soon, as well.. getting my computer fixed is taking longer than expected so hang in there with me! xx

Woodburned Cathedral Body and other completed projects

Figured Id post the continuation of what the new body shape is looking like.. I started wood burning the cathedral on it and finished another pick guard that is up for sale on a t-style Bowery Pine that Rick just completed.





These photos are of the new piickguard I wrote about; the first couple when I shellacked it, the next couple of it drying and the last obviously finished.






This is what the Lower East Side/Jewish Heritage custom order is looking like so far on the body it's going on.



New Custom Woodburning

Pretty self explanatory- some custom orders I finished up recently. The last photo was of the pick guard before it was stained and shellacked.

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Guitar Update

An update on my moto guitar build..  I didn't write much about what this build is going to be like when finished so this is the idea: Growing up with punk/rock and roll and always being interested in working with clothing/leather I have decided to use leather jackets as the inspiration for my designs.  This first guitar is going to have an "inlayed" black leather face on a matte black body. The inlays I've used are actually metal, Rick had done this once before on one of Peter Baron's guitars years ago and we thought it fit my design perfectly. I'm going to be making some interesting leather pick guards for these guitars.

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