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Kiernan Guitars & K-Side Ukes

 

Kiernan Guitars

Fulfilling a lifelong dream that began back in the 1970’s when Brian first apprenticed  in New York, Kiernan Guitars’ focus is mainly Archtop guitars.


Acoustic Archtop players have long known these guitars are built to project sound further out from the player than flat-top instruments, and it is often difficult to gauge their playing volume in acoustic settings. Unique to Kiernan Archtops is the small f-hole in the side of the upper bout, providing the player with a ‘monitor’ of their sound right where they can hear it best.

Brian no longer takes custom orders, happily building whatever suits him and posting them for sale whenever he thinks they are done.  Below are some representative models:

 

THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN

magicchristian1ADedicated to Charlie Christian, this non-cutaway 17-inch archtop acknowledges the classic Gibson ES-300 with a few notable updates, including the side F-hole.  With a single P-90 or classic Charlie Christian pickup

  • Top and back – Multiple bound, AAA Curly maple laminate, Parallel Top Bracing
  • Sides – Hand-bent solid AAA curly maple
  • Neck – 3-Piece AAA Curly Maple
  • Fingerboard – Bound Ebony with Mother of Pearl/Abalone inlays
  • Headstock – Bound and Inlaid Ebony faceplate. Curly or Birdseye maple back veneer
  • Grover Imperial Tuners
  • Rosewood or Ebony Bridge
  • Birdland-style tailpiece
  • P90-style single pickup
  • Wired with one volume and one tone  control – 500K pots

THE T-BONE SPECIAL

tbone_1A 17″ cutaway archtop, this guitar is designed and built for those guitarists looking for an electric instrument in the spirit of the Gibson ES350, with a bit more eye-candy, as you can see in the photo. Flexible enough to handle everything from Jump Blues in the T-Bone Walker style to smooth jazz tones, this instrument evolved from a guitar that Brian designed for himself to gig with.

  • Top and back – Multiple bound, AAA Curly maple laminate, Parallel Top Bracing – Iced-tea Sunburst Finish standard
  • Sides – Hand-bent solid AAA curly maple
  • Neck – 3-Piece AAA Curly Maple
  • Fingerboard – Bound Ebony with Mother of Pearl/Abalone inlays
  • Headstock – Oversized with Bound and Inlaid Ebony faceplate; Curly or Birdseye maple back veneer
  • Grover Imperial Tuners
  • Rosewood or Ebony Bridge
  • Birdland-style tailpiece
  • Bound Curly Maple Finger-rest
  • P90-style pickups
  • No Switches to break – wired with two volume and one master tone  control – 500K pots

THE FULL MONTY

fullmonty_detail_2A fully acoustic 17″cutaway archtop designed and built for discriminating jazz players, Brian dedicates this one to his personal guitar hero – Wes Montgomery.

Specs:

  • Top – Hand Carved, book-matched AAA Solid spruce – X-Bracing
  • Back – Hand Carved book-matched Solid AAA Curly Maple
  • Sides – Hand-bent solid AAA Curly Maple
  • Neck – 3-piece Curly or Birdseye Maple
  • Fingerboard – multiple bound ebony with Super 400 style pearl and abalone inlays
  • Headstock – Oversized with Bound and Inlaid Ebony faceplate, Curly or Birdseye maple back veneer
  • Grover Imperial Tuners
  • Ebony Tailpiece, Bridge, and Finger-rest
  • Optional floating pickup

 

K-Side Ukuleles

Since 2006, Brian has brought all 30+ years of guitar building experience to the art of ukulele making. Beginning with traditional tenor designs made of solid Koa and ebony with abalone and mother-of-pearl inlay, Brian and his son Derek have founded ‘K-Side Ukes’. They are currently building a new tenor design with unique soundholes and bracing seen in the pics below: