Noyce Guitars
Mount Clear
Ballarat, Victoria
Australia, 3350

Favourite things

"Man cannot live by guitar making alone"

Here's some things I've derived lots of personal satisfaction from building

Rocking Horse

Rocking Horse:
I really wanted a Rocking Horse as youngster so just had to make one for my young Grandson!

The horse is built out of ex 6" x 2" Poplar with a Huon Pine stand and Rock Maple teeth.

The saddle, bridle and reins were very kindly made by my mate, multi-instrumentalist and multi- talented, Jez Fogaty.

Having recently become a Grandfather, I finally got around to building myself a Tenor Ukulele.

With lots of good advice from my friends Scott Wise, luthier and musician, and Skip Sail, musician and collector, it turned out beautifully!

It's built with Blackwood body and neck, Indian Rosewood bridge and fingerboard, using hide glue and finished with shellac french polish.

It's ideal for playing whilst watching TV and travelling in the car as a passenger!

Tenor Ukulele

I made this mandolin for myself in 1979. It's a good one, not a great one, and it's served well as an all-round mando rather than strictly bluegrass.

Noyce Guitar Amp:
We built about twenty of these in the early '80s before Mesa Boogies etc. were fully developed.

I really just wanted an amp that demonstrated my guitars well.

It's a two channel 130 Watt unit using four 6L6 tubes with 12AX7 preamp tubes and an EV speaker.

Button Accordion:
Made for myself in the late '90s. I got on the web and sourced the best reeds possible from Castelfidardo Italy and the best good advice from Peter Hyde, the Adelaide based accordion builder.

My NC Machine was marvellous for all the jigging, reed blocks and hole layouts etc.

Kipawa Canoe:
Again, I got on the world wide web and sourced the plans from Martin Step in Canada.

It's a brilliant tripping/fun canoe built in Cedar Strips with fibre-glass/epoxy sheathing both sides.

The web has changed our lives so much and without hardly noticing it.

Pool Table:
This was made as a work table/table tennis table/pool table.

I built it and my son Kurtis did the finish job as one of his first apprenticeship jobs around 1990.

Concert Marimba:
This is a rosewood concert marimba I built a few years ago.