Frank Smith plays and endorses Doerr Guitars. www.doerrguitars.com
Through the years during his career he has played and owned many guitars.
His first guitar was a Stella that he played in his younger years.
Next came an Epiphone Guitar and then two Washburn Guitars (built by George Washburn in the early 1900's).
Later Frank was known for playing Gibson Guitars, Martin Guitars, Larrivee Guitars, Takamine Classicals and custom guitars by Heiden Guitars, Webber Guitars and Froggy Bottom Guitars.
During the 2006 Newport Guitar Festival in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, Frank played most of the guitars offered at the show.
Some of these Guitars ranged in price up as far up as $25,000.00. Most of the best luthiers were there at the show.
Then Frank played his first Doerr Guitar built by master luthier Tom Doerr. He knew it was time to sell every guitar that he owned and start asking Tom to start building all his future guitars.
Frank's first Doerr was a small jumbo "Legacy", cut away, with East Indian Rosewood back and sides with a Cedar top.
This quickly became his favorite guitar for playing out professionally and for recording music.
Next Frank decided he wanted to have a small body guitar built for high strung tunings. He looked at all options but knew he wouldn't be satisfied until he got another Doerr Guitar.
Frank ordered a Trinity model from Tom. It was a small body with Wenge back and sides and a Swiss Spruce top. This was a 12 frett model and has the most amazing sound, the best guitar he had ever heard. Frank was so impressed he kept it strung with standard strings for his open tuning songs. After a year he finally restrung it with high strung strings, (the small strings from a set of a 12 string set). Now it's a magical music box. He has never heard such a better sounding guitar in high strung tuning. It's a keeper.
Next Frank still had a yearning for a new classical guitar. He knew when he plays a classical, different songs come out. It inspires him in a different way. Frank called Tom and finally convinced him to build him a hybrid classical with Cocobolo Rosewood back and sides and a Swiss Spruce top. This was the first classical Tom had built but Frank knew he could not have chosen a better luthier for the job. Frank has total trust with Tom. Now he writes music with his new classical when He's in the mood for a different feel and touch. There is just something different about writing on a classical.
Frank's Trio of Doerr Guitars
Now for an update. NEW NEWS!
Frank is so lucky to own 3 Doerr guitars. He now has a new FanFret being built by Tom. Posted below are build photos as them come in. It has Brazilian Rosewood back and sides with an Adirondack Spruce for the top. The rosewood is over 80 years old.
Next step, bending sides. Back and top all glued up.
Clips on sides being glued.
Sides all glued.
End of Guitar
Shape of sides.
Sides, Back and Top
New FanFret now complete. Here are a few photos of the finished guitar.