Moonstone, Eclipse, 1980


The Story Behind


About the Maker:

Moonstone guitars, founded by Steve Helgeson, has been producing some of the worlds finest hand-crafted acoustic, electric, and bass guitars for nearly 38 years. Self taught, in 1972, Steve set up his first shop in the woods of Moonstone Heights, California. There he experimented primarily with acoustic guitar designs.

In 1974, Steve moved to Arcata, California and developed the Earthaxe electric, while also doing repairs for a local music store. In 1976, Steve moved down the street to a larger shop where he built two large acoustic basses, and continued to produce the Earthaxe line, along with a few acoustic 6 strings.

From the beginning, Steve has implemented the use of highly figured and exotic imported tone woods. He also pioneered the use of Pacific Quilted Maple, Myrtlewood, Maple, and Walnut Burl.

In 1977, Steve settled into an even larger shop, an old church, further down the street. He collected some light production machinery, hired employees, and expanded his line of instruments. By the early 1980’s, Moonstone reached its peak of production, shipping over 1000 guitars throughout the United States and Europe. In the 1988, the Moonstone factory was destroyed by a fire.

By 1990, Steve salvaged most of the equipment and inventory and built a new shop in Eureka, California. Working alone, Steve delved into the art of designing and voicing new acoustic guitars. 

Steve personally carves and dimensions the scalloped X-braces on all guitar tops, removing weight, desiring a tall and thin profile. He tap tunes each top until it loosens and vibrates freely as a sound plate (voicing procedure). After nineteen or more years of doing so, Steve has fine-tuned this operation.

Today he still produces guitars and especially hand-crafted acoustic guitars.

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About the Guitar:

This is a unique guitar, only 80 were made during the early '80. A standard version and a custom designed version (displayed on the photos) are in the TYS collection. Both guitars are beautiful in their woods.
Their neck through constructions make these guitars monsters of sustain!

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