TW Guitars introduces Redline model

Audie Blaylock has a new Redline… and no, it’s not a new band.

TW Guitars has introduced a signature model guitar for Audie, which has been dubbed the Redline. It is made with an Adirondack red spruce top and Indian rosewood back and sides (herringbone trim). The neck is Honduran mahogany with a unique ebony fingerboard adorned only by a single red line down the center and Audie’s name and “Redline” inlaid in pearl script at the 15th and 20th frets respectively.

The top braces are made from hand split Adirondack spruce, and are scalloped and forward shifted. The bridge is made from ebony with matching ebony pins and vintage, unbleached bone saddle. The nut is bone as well, and ebony buttons adorn the Waverly tuners.

Teddy Workman, the “TW” in TW Guitars, tells us that he builds using traditional, hot hide glue and finishes his instruments with high gloss nitrocellulose lacquer.

“I built my first guitar in 1986 with the guidance of local luthier, the late Dale Crouser. I began doing finish work for several local music stores around that same time and stayed very busy with that and put building aside. About four years ago I returned to building with focus on building guitars primarily to suit the playing styles of bluegrass artists.

I would describe my guitars as being built the traditional way with modern day appointments, paying close attention to achieving a good sounding and highly playable guitar.”

Workman and Blaylock met by chance at SPBGMA in February 2010 when a spontaneous off-stage request from an Audie fan was facilitated by one of Teddy’s guitars. A few months later, Workman reached out to Audie with his idea to build him a custom, signature guitar and the Redline model was born.

As it happens, Audie already had a vision for a guitar with these appointments: a bare fingerboard with a sleek red line running from the peghead to the sound hole. He reports that his new guitar…

“Sounds fabulous, and is absolutely beautiful. It exceeded my expectations and I love playing it!

I am honored that Teddy called me and am delighted to be telling this story.”

The Redline model, like all of Teddy’s guitar, are built to order. It sells for $2800.

You can see and hear more about TW Guitars online.

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