Datlen Luthiery

Hand-Crafted and Built in the Napa Valley

the build process

Over the years, guitar-building has become more than just a hobby. It is a true art form and a therapeutic expression of my passion for wood, my detailed craftsmanship, and my appreciation for music.

Each set of wood is carefully hand-selected for proper grain orientation, stiffness to weight ratio, and appearance.

All braces are carved and scalloped to optimize stiffness while reducing unnecessary weight.  I base my bracing on the traditional X-brace design that I have tweaked to more evenly balance the top.  

Hot hide glue is used in all the bracing as well as other applicable joints and surfaces.  

My guitars all have a a bolt-on neck to body joint and a slight Manzer body wedge (3/8") from side to side added for player comfort.  

I finish each build with anywhere from 12-15 thin coats of nitrocellulose Cardinal lacquer.  After curing, the finish is block-sanded and polished to bring out the details and create a premium shine.