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Diamondave 09-26-2014 03:54 PM

42 Style 12 Fret Slope D Cocobolo Custom Build! David Dart
 
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Howdy Folks! I recently took delivery of a custom build!!! Such a FUN process! Here's the story...

Luthier is David Dart... http://www.luthier.com/ Talk about an OG address huh, LOL... He has been building since the 60's and he builds a wide variety of stringed instruments. Check out his site for more info.

He is pretty under the radar, I first learned about him a few years back when I sold a Brazilian SCGC OM of mine to a local guy I met on Craigslist. When we were discussing my OM, he brought up that he owned a 00 from a luthier named Dart... Didn't ring a bell... Anyways, when i met him at his home, the 00 Dart was chilling on a stand in the corner. He showed it to me, and I was pretty floored... In fact, I was a hair shy to pull out my SCGC after hearing/playing his... To sum it up, Sold the Cruz, and had that Dart of his on my mind... I bugged him from time to time that I'd be interested in buying it from him. Eventually I did, and I played and loved her for a couple years.... Until, I used the 00 in partial trade back with David to build something bigger for me.. I'm 6'3... Dreads are like toys for me:D

Davids guitars are very appealing to me. I love that he builds so many different stringed instruments, and uses old school techniques... They have a sound that is very developed... It's very hard to believe my D12 is about a month old... It has way more character than MANY high end guitars that have been through my hands over the years...

View his blog and facebook page for more pics and details etc... So for those of you who have never heard of David Dart, check him out, for real;)

http://dartinstruments.blogspot.com/

Some of the facts.... Sitka top, Cocobolo back and sides, boxwood binding, 42 style trim, snakewood waverly tuners, Hide glue, French Polish, Spanish Heel, 1 13/16 and 2 5/16, 12 fret slotted, and 25.4 scale...

Some quick pics.. View the links posted for more please...

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Diamondave 09-26-2014 03:56 PM

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El Conquistador 09-26-2014 04:24 PM

Hey Dave,
Looks very cool. Thanks for the heads up on Dart.

Steve

billgennaro 09-26-2014 05:13 PM

So, Diamond Dave, you are at it again, eh? It must be fun to do all the wheeling and dealing you do with high end instruments. :up: Looks like a great guitar.

I like the way the head block is part of the neck and extends outward under the fretboard extension. This should theoretically add stability to the neck/body joint and help prevent future neck resets. That's my guess anyway.

Congratulations! Enjoy the heck out of it!

Steve DeRosa 09-26-2014 05:41 PM

Sweet - very few people can get a French polish right...

DanR 09-27-2014 04:29 PM

Beauteous!

Diamondave 09-28-2014 11:47 PM

Thanks for the comments!!! Nice hearing from Y'all...

I was going to go with Varnish, but last moment chose French Polish... It turned out perfect, Davids application was pretty flawless... Now all I gotta do is not destroy his perty work! Fragile stuff...

Wheeling and dealing high end instruments.... Oh yea, whats more fun!!! ??? NOTHING imo;)

Future neck resets: Actually, this guitar has a "Spanish Heel" for a neck joint... It HAS a truss rod... A Spanish heel for sure has it's problems I hear, like NO easy neck resets, but also some advantages... It was not a specific request of mine etc, that's just the way Davids been building his guitars for the last 40+ years... And i'm not gonna suggest his tries something different:D

I fell in love with the tone of the first one I played, and I feel the neck joint plays a roll... It vibrates like a classical, and really is supper sonic sitting on my lap.... The stimulation I experience as I play is at a seriously maximum level... And thats priceless for me! Years down the line when a problem happens, like no more saddle to lower, heck, I'll worry about that then!!!

Psfam 10-02-2014 12:10 PM

Beautiful!
 
I love seeing the build pictures! And she is beautiful too.

I have a Martin HDv of cocobolo and Adirondack. I picked it from over a dozen similar guitars, different woods but all Martins so really able to hear what cocobolo added. My guitar rings like a bell and has a cavernous rumble of bass with great overtones. It stood out for its clarity and, while I intended it primarily for strumming, I bought it because it is great for fingerstyle as well.

This must be a great guitar. Enjoy it!

psychojohn 10-02-2014 04:39 PM

Impressive !!

Diamondave 11-17-2016 02:05 PM

Go David Dart...! Has anyone else here played David's work...? I ordered this D12 a couple years ago and "love" it so much I ordered another...! A short scale small jumbo, Sitka Coco with snake head slotted... pics and be seen in this blog I'm attaching, along with a batch of 3 others he just finished... I'll give a proper review when I receive the instrument.... Heads up Folks, I've owned many in my time, and few have excited me as much as Mr Darts work🎯

http://dartinstruments.blogspot.com/?m=1

http://www.luthier.com

j. Kinnaird 11-17-2016 02:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Diamondave (Post 4149655)
http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...psab5586dc.jpg

http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...psccb6aa1a.jpg

http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...psc71ced8c.jpg

Howdy Folks! I recently took delivery of a custom build!!! Such a FUN process! Here's the story...

Luthier is David Dart... http://www.luthier.com/ Talk about an OG address huh, LOL... He has been building since the 60's and he builds a wide variety of stringed instruments. Check out his site for more info.

He is pretty under the radar, I first learned about him a few years back when I sold a Brazilian SCGC OM of mine to a local guy I met on Craigslist. When we were discussing my OM, he brought up that he owned a 00 from a luthier named Dart... Didn't ring a bell... Anyways, when i met him at his home, the 00 Dart was chilling on a stand in the corner. He showed it to me, and I was pretty floored... In fact, I was a hair shy to pull out my SCGC after hearing/playing his... To sum it up, Sold the Cruz, and had that Dart of his on my mind... I bugged him from time to time that I'd be interested in buying it from him. Eventually I did, and I played and loved her for a couple years.... Until, I used the 00 in partial trade back with David to build something bigger for me.. I'm 6'3... Dreads are like toys for me:D

Davids guitars are very appealing to me. I love that he builds so many different stringed instruments, and uses old school techniques... They have a sound that is very developed... It's very hard to believe my D12 is about a month old... It has way more character than MANY high end guitars that have been through my hands over the years...

View his blog and facebook page for more pics and details etc... So for those of you who have never heard of David Dart, check him out, for real;)

http://dartinstruments.blogspot.com/

Some of the facts.... Sitka top, Cocobolo back and sides, boxwood binding, 42 style trim, snakewood waverly tuners, Hide glue, French Polish, Spanish Heel, 1 13/16 and 2 5/16, 12 fret slotted, and 25.4 scale...

Some quick pics.. View the links posted for more please...

http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...ps3ce44af2.jpg

http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...pse9f76a35.jpg

http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...ps5ec3d8d9.jpg

http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...ps6260187f.jpg

http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/o...ps47c65e77.jpg

I love that picture. A very romantic shot of the solitary luthier plying his craft.
The old school, classical neck joint is very interesting and seldom found on a steel string guitar.
I like it. Bet it does sound good.

Guitars44me 11-17-2016 08:50 PM

Whoaaaa...
 
If DD is singing this guitars praises, it must really SING!!!

Sure is cute..

Nice pics, too! And that is an,eccellent pic of the "Luthier at work"

Enjoy this big time

Cheers

Paul

justonwo 11-17-2016 11:40 PM

That looks fantastic! Wow, very good choices on everything. How does it sound?

Diamondave 11-18-2016 08:53 PM

Thanks for the comments y'all...! How does it sound? Well, I need to post one of my crummy IPhone videos of this bad boy... that will give a faint idea... very vintage I'd say, and very open and responsive from day one... Bold dry woody blooming notes, and loud... very stimulating in my hands and lap.. my best way of describing the tone of a Dart guitar would be somewhere between a Sexauer and a Somogyi... hmmm, that's got a good ring to it, should make a tee shirt slogan out of that, lol

TomB'sox 11-18-2016 09:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Diamondave (Post 5131688)
Thanks for the comments y'all...! How does it sound? Well, I need to post one of my crummy IPhone videos of this bad boy... that will give a faint idea... very vintage I'd say, and very open and responsive from day one... Bold dry woody blooming notes, and loud... very stimulating in my hands and lap.. my best way of describing the tone of a Dart guitar would be somewhere between a Sexauer and a Somogyi... hmmm, that's got a good ring to it, should make a tee shirt slogan out of that, lol

Wow, that is high praise for sure!!! Congrats on such a stellar guitar!

cigarfan 11-19-2016 05:46 AM

High praise indeed! Can't wait for the soundclip. You should suggest to Dave he become a sponsor here and show off more of his geetars.

JoeCharter 11-22-2016 02:47 PM

Congrats, Dave!

It's a beautiful guitar and the headstock is particularly nice.

I'm also glad that others seem to enjoy a bit of pearl on their guitars! ;)

Diamondave 11-26-2016 12:36 AM

Howdy Folks, thanks for all the comments and kind words! Here is a few fast iPhone recordings I just took, no adjusting or edits, this is as high tech as I get, lol, so have some imagination... I have to play real soft and relaxed or else it gets all choppy, like you rolled down the window on the express way... you'll get a general idea.. thanks








usb_chord 11-26-2016 01:00 AM

Wow, Dave - It sounds gorgeous! I've heard of David Dart, but never any of his instruments. That bass response is all-encompassing! Very, very nice!! Love the playing, too!

Jobe 11-26-2016 04:54 AM

Wow. Very, very nice. I really like the play and sound. The build pictures are great too. ( Does his laundry drying suffer mid-build? ) Very impressive!

cigarfan 11-26-2016 05:33 AM

Very nice Dave. Thought there for a minute I hopped over to Dream Guitars. Nice playing. Tone on the guitar is excellent.

Diamondave 11-28-2016 06:01 PM

Thanks for all the comments Folks... wish I could dig into the guitar and play with excitement and power as I normally would, the guitars shines when you dig in... but my iPhone doesn't...!

Guitars44me 11-28-2016 10:17 PM

Nice pickin'
 
Wow Dave! Nice to hear slower versions of those tunes. I always want demos to be slow and let the guitar ring!

When I was a band leader in my foolish younger days I would always try to get my guys to slooooow down. Heck, we don't get paid by the note!!!

Sweet axe. Sweet picking, too!

Good on ya!

Cheers

Paul


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