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For those who have contacted me recently about Mike Wesley's instruments - here are some photo's. Mike is also making Boucher and Sweeney Models, and Ashborn parlor guitar reproductions as well.
He can be contacted directly at:
Email Contact: jmwesleyguitars@gmail.com
Phone: 336-598-1844 or 336-597-5303

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Comment by Guy Wolff on April 2, 2015 at 7:54pm

Very exciting to see this .. The tuners are really close to the ones on my #1 style Ashborn guitar from 1854 Simple mahagany model .. The original tuners are the most exact tuners I have ever used .. These tuner keys are very good .. I like the slotted head as well .. Great job .. 

Comment by Tim Twiss on April 2, 2015 at 7:56pm

Nice. Mike...are you coming to AEBG this year? Do you have any of your fretted Ashborns?

Comment by James Pentecost on April 2, 2015 at 8:19pm

Comment by Guy Wolff on April 2, 2015 at 8:24pm

That guitar looks just like mine .. I would love to try an Ashborn style abnjo with frets ! The tone of David Oakes's Ahborn banjo that I have been lent is just amazing .. 

Comment by James Pentecost on April 2, 2015 at 8:46pm

Guy and Tim,

I do not know if Mike will see this post but I will mention it to him.

He is currently engaged in building guitars.

If I make it to Sharpsburg I will have several of his instruments with me.

I love James Ashborn's instruments. I have managed to acquire several of his guitars but Mark Weems is the one who plays them most often. 

Comment by Guy Wolff on April 2, 2015 at 8:55pm

Ashborn's use of different woods and veneers are just incredable.. His joinery is very inspiring .. I want to hear his maple bodied model and I have tried a #6 and that was amazing ... 

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