Guitar Talk
NEW!!! OO-P PARLOR GUITAR Print E-mail

We just finished a pair of 00 Parlor guitars and are they ever sweet.  They are a 12 fret model and made of mostly Montana grown wood; Swan River Valley Engelmann Spruce top and Paradise Black Walnut back, sides and neck. The only non-Montana wood is an Ebony fretboard, bridge, and peghead veneer.
Select Engelmann Spruce
Patterned after turn of the century Martin parlor guitars these instruments have a 24.5" scale length and are a dream to play.  The tone is exquisite, wonderful balance, rich sounding.
00 top bracing
These guitars are made with simple appointments but very elegant in every aspect.  They are Montana Guitar Shop's most affordable flat top acoustic.  YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!  These are heirloom quality.
00 Parlor Guitar
Please e-mail us for a price quote.  Equiped with Gotoh mini-tuners and comes with fine Gator hardshell case.  So good I hate to let them go.
Montana 00 Parlor peghead
Rick

 
NEW LIGHTER SNAIL Print E-mail

Because of the influence of Walkin' Jim Stoltz we are coming out with a lighter weight SNAIL travel guitar, without compromising tone or playability.  Rather than using Walnut for the necks and headblock we are switching to Phillipine mahogany which is lighter, yet very stiff.  Also the headblock will have a hollow cavity and the truss rod will be a lighter one.  We have begun production of a batch of the new SNAILS and are anxious to see them done.  We want to take every extra ounce of weight off the backs of guitar playing, back packing troubadours and really make the SNAIL cutting edge for tone, playability and ease of packing.  Because we know your music and perhaps song writing is important to you, just like it is to Jim Stoltz.

By the way Walkin' Jim recently finished a 500 mile trek through eastern Nevada and we want to share a few of his pictures with you.

North end of Schell Creek Range
The north end of Schell Creek Range

Playing music in the Schell Creek Range
Playing music in the Schell Creek Range

Music at the Campsite
Music at the campsite

Singing at Verdi Lake
Singing at Verdi Lake

With a little help from his SNAIL Jim was able to write three new songs and get started on two others on this trek.
 Rick

We are sorry to tell you that Walkin' Jim Stoltz passed away September 3rd, 2010.  We will miss him and his stories and songs.  Rick

 
GUITAR CUISINE Print E-mail

Deciding on all the details of your custom made Montana Guitar Shop instrument is a very personal thing and I will be happy to work with you via e-mail as long as it takes to arrive at what is exactly right for you.    HOWEVER!  If you could possibly be in our area (Paradise is 70 miles NW of Missoula) we would love to have you over for dinner.  We would like to get to know you and talk about your very special guitar in person. 

 You're invited!                                                                                                                                                      

It just so happens that my lovely wife, Annette, is a very accomplished cook and we would like to treat you to a  special evening and take time to choose the style, the woods, inlay work, and every aspect of your musical investment.  After dinner we can spend some time in the shop that you might have a better understanding of the time and craftsmanship that goes into our guitars.

Please e-mail us so that we can put you on the calendar........looking forward to meeting you.

Kindest Regards,

Rick & Annette McCollum    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
INVEST IN GUITAR GOLD Print E-mail

Did you realize that purchasing a Montana Guitar Shop instrument is a good investment?  Our handmade, Montana made guitars will only increase in value as time goes on.........not only in dollars but in value to you and those that it may be passed on to.  Because there are no stops concerning the beauty, the tone, the playability,and the craftsmanship, you can expect your guitar made by Rick McCollum to keep sounding  sweeter as the wood ages and as they are played through the years.  And we wouldn't expect your guitar to leave your family but should you ever part with it, you can expect that it will be a better investment than GOLD.Montana Gold

 
Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer Print E-mail

Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer

Here it is!  An Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer from Montana Guitar Shop.  And you thought we just made guitars and an occasional mandolin.  These Dulcimers are REALLY user friendly and have a mystical Celtic like sound to them.  This particular one is Paradise Black Walnut back and sides, Englemann spruce top and Padauk fretboard.  Very easy to play and a wonderful keepsake.  We also make a very indestructable case to go with it.

 
Walkin' Jim Stoltz Print E-mail

We are glad to have Walkin' Jim Stoltz endorsing Montana Guitar Shop.  "Keep on making those beautiful guitars."  Thats just what we plan on doing Jim.

Walkin' Jim with his Snail

Folksinger and songwriter (8 cd's), adventurer, long distance back packer, photographer, artist and author, Walkin' Jim Stoltz has taken to the backcountry of North America, walking the last wild places for months at a time, nearly every summer since 1974.  His long treks have included journeys from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Trail, from Mexico to Canada via three different routes, from coast to coast, Yellowstone to Yukon- well over 25,000 miles in total.

For over thirty years Stoltz has celebrated the natural world through his songs and concerts.  It is quite a treat to visually see where he has been (a breathtaking slide show) as he plays guitar and sings about his wonderful adventures.

This year as Walkin' Jim heads out on the long trail he will be bringing along a Snail travel guitar (the Cadillac of travel guitars) so that he might bring good tone and musical inspiration with him.  Be sure and check out Walkin' Jim's website at www.walkinjim.com.

We are so sorry to tell you..... Walkin' Jim passed away September 3rd, 2010.  We will miss him, he was a very unique and talented man.  Rick

 
SIMPLY A LUTHIER Print E-mail
To read the March 2009 newpaper article by the Missoulian, Click Here.
 
LUTHIER IN PARADISE Print E-mail

To view the March 2009 slide show featured by the Missoulian, Click Here.

 

 
WHAT IS AVAILABLE Print E-mail

We have a beautiful D-SP Koa for sale.  The tone is deep and rich.  The nut is 1 3/4" and the scale length is 25.4".  Fretboard and bridge are ebony.  The top is Sitka spruce with a bird's eye maple roseatte.  Back and sides are Koa with a wedge of flamed maple down the back.  The bindings are purpleheart and maple with a gorgeous wood purfling.  This guitar is a treasure with a pearl and abalone lillie inlaid in the peghead. $3,250.00.  SOLD 

D-SP Koa

This page only has a random sampling of what is available.  Please e-mail Rick to see what he may have in stock at any given time.  Thank you.

 

 

This is a guitar player's guitar.  This 000-SP has a bear claw Sitka spruce top and an African Mahoghany back and sides.  Bindings are purpleheart and maple with herringbone purfling and roseatte.  Schaller tuners.  Very sweet tone and projection for this 12 fret vintage style guitar.  $2,750.00.

000-SP

 

 

The SNAIL travel guitar is the Cadillac of travel guitars.  It fits in that nich to give you more playing time and enjoyment.  Unlike many other travel guitars the SNAIL has a full 24.9" scale length and tone that is beautiful, balanced with excellent sustain.  Take it in the car, traveling, to the office, hiking,stows on the airlines, etc., etc.  Most our snails are black walnut back and sides with cedar top and East Indian Rosewood fretboard and bridge.  These guitars have excellent Gotoh mini tuners and truss rod.  Very fun to play.  $589.00 w/gig bag     Special figured cedar & Ebony fretboard-bridge $750.00 w/gig bag

SNAIL travel guitar

 
SIDE TRIMMER Print E-mail

Our full size guitars at Montana guitar shop are built with curved backs with a 15' radius running lengthwise and widthwise.  Rather than using the concave sanding discs that most shops use to trim the sides of the guitar before the back goes on we invented our own jig that trims very cleanly and accurately.  Backs fit very precisely which is another aspect of building stress free guitars.  Using a router the mechanism glides on ball bearings and is adjustable for different size guitars.  Note that head and tail blocks are also carved at the precise curve to match the sides.

MGS Side Trimmer

 
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