• 15Nov
    Categories: custom, Sounds of my handcrafted classical guitars, Uncategorized Comments Off on My album is available now!

    Sacred melodies freely arranged for solo classical guitar. I’ve had this idea brewing in my head for decades. The ideas started flowing to manuscript and to my fingers about 2 years ago. Last September, my son, Joey, and I took a pair of Neumann KM184’s, an RME Fireface UC, and a laptop running Reaper into St. James Catholic Church, a century old midtown parish in Kansas City, MO. After Joey METICULOUSLY positioned the microphones for optimum room and guitar sound, we recorded through the night over the course of 2 days. This album is the result of those 2 nights. There is no reverb or echo of any kind added to the recording. The reverberation that is heard on the recording comes entirely from the room itself and where Joe chose to place the microphones.

    The album is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.

    Ken Whisler: Adoration

    On Amazon:

    Adoration (mp3 download)

  • 28Jul
    Categories: custom Comments Off on custom build-Cheyne
  • 22Oct
    Categories: Guitars available now Comments Off on Brazilian rosewood w/cedar top

    On my bench right now. I inlaid the cedar top with sections of spalted maple. The Brazilian rosewood I am using for this one has some spectacular figuring. The pieces were very tight against my template, after moving the template around for hours I decided to not fight it, and borrowed an aesthetic the late Tom Humphrey used to do: insert a flame maple wedge. The bindings will also be flame maple to compliment.

    In the finishing stage, and I would like to share my new neck joint. The way I am executing this joint, I can easily vary the amount of neck elevation to the customer’s preference.

    This guitar is finished, looks and sounds phenomenal, and is for sale at Savage Classical Guitar.  Richard has SOLD this!

  • 12Jun
    Categories: Neat stuff, Sounds of my handcrafted classical guitars Comments Off on Jonah Corn

    Wish I had that tone and feel when I was 15….. Jonah playing Whisler #27

  • 30Mar
    Categories: Neat stuff Comments Off on “A Fantasie” by John Dowland

    I recently stumbled on this while going through my files, and am making it available here. It is the famous Dowland Fantasie, I made my own transcription while in college. I used colored pens, and assigned each voice it’s own color, as a visual aid to help me hear the individual voices in a linear way, and finger it accordingly. Feel free to copy and distribute freely.


  • 21Dec
    Categories: Sounds of my handcrafted classical guitars Comments Off on Joseph LoDuca

    The award winning film composer and guitarist Joseph LoDuca records with one of my guitars.  When Joe received a handcrafted classical guitar from me a little over a year ago, he took it to Angel Studios in London and recorded this for the movie, “The Edge of Love” starring Kierra Knightley:


    He used the same guitar for cues in the TNT movie, “The Librarian: the Curse of the Judas Chalice”. Here are a couple of excerpts:



    Please pay Joe a visit at http://www.loducamusic.com

  • 19Dec
    Categories: Inside a Ken Whisler classical guitar Comments Off on Bracing pattern #1, open

    The “open” pattern yields a very wide palette of timbre. The tonal differences from string to string are celebrated rather than minimized, encouraging a true “miniature orchestra” experience. It works well with cedar or spruce.  For the player who uses mainly free stroke with a longer nail, and varies the position of the right hand and the angle of the nail attack on the string a lot, this is the pattern I encourage.

  • 14Dec
    Categories: Outside a Ken Whisler classical guitar Comments Off on Finish

    There are currently 3 options for the finish on a Ken Whisler guitar. One is the traditional method of French polish with shellac.  The 2nd is hand rubbed tung oil varnish.  The 3rd is a combination of the 2; with the body of the guitar French polished and the neck, headstock and bridge hand rubbed with tung oil.

  • 13Dec
    Categories: Sounds of my handcrafted classical guitars Comments Off on 1st recordings made with classical guitar #4

    The 1st recordings from the original website:

    Want an idea of what one of my guitars sounds like? Help yourself to any or all of the free music selections here. I took one of my guitars, just prior to it’s sale, into a friend of a friend’s recording studio, asked him to turn off any and all dsp’s and eq’s, set all tonal controls “flat”, and then I proceeded to play live into a pair of condenser mics, the mixing console acting only as a preamp into an ADAT. While cutting out the riff raff and mixing down to a cd, the engineer begged me to let him add a touch of reverb. I conceded, as it was quite dry. But other than that, this is as honest of a recording as one can get.

    note from Ken: the following recordings were made with guitar #4, a cedar top braced with an open 5 brace fan using sitka spruce, SE Asian rosewood was used for the back and sides. Shortly after the recording, a ban was imposed on the export of rosewood from that region, and only recently has it been made made available again. Of course the price has increased considerably!

    The first 4 tracks are from Oscar Chilesotti’s “Six Lute Pieces of the Renaissance”. Tracks 5 and 6 are by the baroque guitarist Ludovico Roncalli. Tracks 7-11 are 4 studies from Matteo Carcassi’s famous collection of 25 Estudios. Tracks 12 and 13 from Segovia’s (in)famous collection of 20 Sor studies. And 14 and 15 are a couple of Romantic era chestnuts from Francesco Tarrega. Enjoy!



    se mi accorgo

    bianco fiore



    estudio #3

    estudio #6

    estudio #16

    estudio #19

    study #5



    capricho arabe

  • 10Dec
    Categories: Sounds of my handcrafted classical guitars Comments Off on Steven Ray Allen

    Another film composer and guitarist, Steve Allen, sent me this recording of a cedar/indian classical guitar I built in November of 2004:

    afro-cuban lullaby

    please visit Steve at http://www.myspace.com/stevenrayallenguitar