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• First I want to thank Charles Fox for bringing me up to date on modern guitar construction methods with his wonderful "Contemporary Guitar Making" lecture course. In one intensive week with Charles in 2003, I jumped 30 years from my experience in my father's instrument shop in the 1970s into the 21st century. In addition to an already exhaustive resume of the development of modern methods, Charles was one of the pioneers of steel-string doubletop construction, and his advice was critical to my first work with doubletop soundboard construction.

• My wooden flying buttress neck block braces were my development from the carbon fiber rod braces developed by Rick Turner.

• My internal neck adjustment system is directly taken from an article written by Mike Doolin for American Luthery. The external system that is my current standard was inspired by Mike's work, but was developed by myself.

• While working on my first tailpiece guitar, I found this
1893 patent which inspired my interlocking bridge design. I have since found at least half a dozen other luthiers working with a similar concept, though I believe that I am the only one using the bridge concept in conjunction with a specially designed doubletop soundboard.

• Thanks to Linda Manzer for her development of the "Manzer Wedge" tapered guitar body, designed to improve player ergonomics without compromise to the soundboard.

• Thanks to Grit Laskin and Kevin Ryan for their development of the armrest bevel concept.

• Thanks to Mario Proux for sharing his work with the use of carbon fiber in soundboard braces.

• Thanks to Trevor Gore for writing his stunning 2 volume opus on guitar construction. I have begun experimenting with his falcate bracing concepts, and picked up numerous useful approaches from his work.