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Mark Hatcher 09-27-2017 11:28 AM

Mark Hatcher's Studio 2017 #2
 
This is a continuation of the Hatcher's Studio 2017 thread;
http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/f...455791&page=21

So let's pick up where we left off on this Mad Rose and Carter Redwood lullaby parlor. I did the initial clean up of the body's curly Koa binding today and have been setting up the neck. Here are a couple pictures of the binding;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4512/...7637dc4e_b.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4404/...e26045d8_c.jpg

Thanks for following!
Mark

Mark Hatcher 09-29-2017 12:41 PM

Neck Assembly
 
With the body pretty well finished it's time to move forward on the neck. Here the fret board is being glued on;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4383/...90397c99_c.jpg

While that was drying I created the headstock overlay and glued on the laminates to the back of the tuner head.
Here is a picture of everything in place. I haven't really carved the neck yet, I just trimmed it a bit. Fine carving of the neck and voicing the top are two
jobs I only do first thing in the morning;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4411/...1ed22fb0_k.jpg

Wood Knot 09-29-2017 01:20 PM

This is an absolutely gorgeous guitar, Mark.

Joel

Nemoman 09-29-2017 03:15 PM

Wow--very schweet!

ross748 09-29-2017 06:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5491031)
With the body pretty well finished it's time to move forward on the neck. Here the fret board is being glued on;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4383/...90397c99_c.jpg

While that was drying I created the headstock overlay and glued on the laminates to the back of the tuner head.
Here is a picture of everything in place. I haven't really carved the neck yet, I just trimmed it a bit. Fine carving of the neck and voicing the top are two
jobs I only do first thing in the morning;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4411/...1ed22fb0_k.jpg

Very nice Mark!

NewPicker 09-29-2017 07:09 PM

Even better than imagined. Thanks Mark!

Mark Hatcher 09-30-2017 04:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wood Knot (Post 5491072)
This is an absolutely gorgeous guitar, Mark.

Joel

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nemoman (Post 5491185)
Wow--very schweet!

Quote:

Originally Posted by ross748 (Post 5491327)
Very nice Mark!

Thanks for commenting and the kind words in those comments!

Quote:

Originally Posted by NewPicker (Post 5491349)
Even better than imagined. Thanks Mark!

We're in the phase where we can pull away from looking at components and start looking at the guitar. Now the imagination stretch is what the finish will do!

Mark Hatcher 10-01-2017 05:33 PM

Base Rate Increase
 
On November 1st my base rate is getting a substantial increase. As a courtesy to the many AFGers that regularly follow my posts and build threads I'd like to let you know that I have a limited number of build start dates available within the next two years in which the present rates can be locked with the initial deposit if made before the Nov 1 date. Please PM me if you'd like any additional details.

Thanks!
Mark

ukejon 10-03-2017 08:12 AM

What a stunningly sweet little guitar. Beautiful work.

Mark Hatcher 10-04-2017 06:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ukejon (Post 5494660)
What a stunningly sweet little guitar. Beautiful work.

Thanks ukejon!

I'm starting the final clean up to get this guitar all set for spraying.
Here is the a picture showing the Rosewood neck with a cross grained Koa center laminate. You can also see the heart sound port (not cleaned up yet);

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4503/...c053cf4c_c.jpg

This back picture shows the figured Koa back strap, heel cap and end graft;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4461/...b68bbde2_c.jpg

And a front shot;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4479/...d485a2be_c.jpg

Thanks for viewing!

Mark

ross748 10-04-2017 06:47 PM

Stunning Mark!

NewPicker 10-04-2017 09:38 PM

Wowsers...that neck is gorgeous

Mark Hatcher 10-05-2017 07:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ross748 (Post 5496168)
Stunning Mark!

Quote:

Originally Posted by NewPicker (Post 5496335)
Wowsers...that neck is gorgeous

Thanks! I've got it all cleaned up to be sprayed so this one will go quiet for awhile. With finish the rosewood will get darker and the Koa will really come to life. There will be a larger color difference between the the Redwood top and the Koa binding.
Meanwhile we'll work out what color tuners to use, what wood for the custom buttons, and what fret wire.

Thanks for following along!
Mark

Mark Hatcher 10-10-2017 07:57 PM

I'm just cleaning up from having my studio open as part of the Monadnock Art Tour. This was my third year participating and word has gotten out that there is a guitar maker in Peterborough. A lot more musicians stopping through with several orders in process.
The highlight for me was Monday when a group jam spontaneously arose with random players, random playing styles all just came together. I've never heard so many of my guitars played together at once as in this casual get together.
I believe I'll try to set up for that better next year. The other artists will be jealous of the party going on at Studio #21!

The Bard Rocks 10-10-2017 09:08 PM

jam
 
That must have been very fun to witness. You don't get to hear your own out front all that often and to hear a bunch of them...!


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