Kopp Nick Lucas. Maple back and sides, Adirondack top, Ivoroid binding and bridge pins, Ebony fingerboard, Mahogany neck, Waverly tuning machines. Mr. Kopp does not have parts machined en-masse. Use of CNC, Fadal, laser, water jet, and robotics can get you lots of guitars. Building them one at a time means the builder uses all his senses and instinct too and the result gets you lots of guitar. The Nick Lucas as interpreted by Kevin Kopp, voiced for the 40's aesthetic which is a superior sound to the early 20"s guitars. In July, 1922 Nick Lucas cut two original sides for Pathe, "Picking The Guitar" and "Teasing The Frets." With these sides Nick Lucas also cut a path for generations of guitarist to come. These were the first solo jazz guitar instrumentals recorded. Without a doubt this had to be an influence on banjoists such as Eddie Lang, and also an inspiration for him to trade the banjo in for a guitar. Eddie Lang would later elaborate on Lucas' fast bass runs and be remembered as being the father of jazz guitar, this makes Nick Lucas the Grandfather of jazz guitar.
Nick Lucas was the first to trade his banjo and replace it with guitar in the big name orchestras of the day. It took a few years for Nick’s contemporaries to emulate him on the instrument. While these great guitarists were grinding their axes and become mostly sidemen, Lucas was looking past and beyond just being cast as an accompanist.