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The Froggy Bottom Guitar Blog

By Scott Ainslie

My initial entry here is drawn from my interview with Imaginary Road Studios engineer Corin Nelsen on how Froggy Bottom Guitars behave in the studio. Our conversation took place as I was preparing an extensive article on Froggy Bottom Guitars, published in the Fall issue of The Fretboard Journal (2010). Space considerations kept this material out of the Journal’s pages, so we thought we’d provide it here.

We’re planning to populate this Frog Blog with similar brief snapshots of conversations and interviews that highlight some aspect of the builder’s choices, materials, use and behaviors of Froggy Bottom Guitars. I have a number of questions that I’ll be asking Michael and the other craftsmen in the Froggy Bottom shop from time to time; I’ll report back here as these conversations proceed.

If you have suggestions of topics or questions you’d like to see discussed here, you may This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we’ll see about getting them addressed as these conversations move along.

We hope to build up a body of information that is useful and interesting for Froggy Bottom owners and others. Your contributions will be gratefully received.

Hot Cars and Guitars

dog waiting in car Summer Temperatures in Cars

Heat in vehicles kills kids, dogs, and destroys cherished instruments every summer. Because of the human deaths, a variety of studies have been done that are instructive.

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Cleaning Your Guitar

care-of-fb-guitarThe Care & Feeding of Froggy Bottom Guitars Part III: Cleaning and Protecting Fingerboards and Bridges

Given an intact finish, the outside of the guitar is reasonably well protected and, with a sound hole cover humidifier ...

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Humidity Basics

kyser lifeguard humidifier for acoustic guitar

"When it comes to humidity, stability is the key, no matter what the (reasonable) range.  The guitar will eventually settle in." Too much humidity, or too little; too high a temperature, or too low will affect the instrument ...

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Care and Feeding

heirloom guitar

Once placed in your hands, the care and maintenance of these fine instruments will be a part of the continuing joy and responsibility that comes with owning, playing and passing them on into the hands of the next generation of o ...

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Neck Carving Workshop

Every Froggy Bottom guitar neck is hand carved

In mid-April, Froggy Bottom Guitar founder Michael Millard presented a one-day workshop with a dozen budding guitar builders at Brattleboro’s new Whetstone School of Lutherie. Michael brought five roughed out guitar nec ...

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Wooden boats

launching Tethys at the boatyard

In preparation for an article for the Fretboard Journal, Scott Ainslie interviewed 14 people associated with Froggy Bottom Guitars: builders, repairmen, regular players, recording engineers and artists.

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Fretboard Journal

Michael Millard on woodpile

The Fall 2010 issue of the Fretboard Journal includes this beautiful spread on Froggy Bottom Guitars – my long article profiling Michael Millard and the company. Written after conducting fourteen different interviews with players, ...

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Frogs in the Studio

corin nelsen

Scott Ainslie speaks with Imaginary Road Studios engineer Corin Nelsen (shown here) about recording Froggy Bottom Guitars.

When engineer Corin Nelsen and I were mixing my latest CD at Imaginary Road Studios here in Vermont, Cor ...

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