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Old 10-17-2016, 10:13 AM
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Default McKnight Guitars - MacNaught V2

We are excited to reveal a brand new body shape that has been on the drawing board for a while but this is its first public debut, The MacNaught V2. The body combines elements from our SDG and our MacNaught models.

This particular build is for a close friend, singer and songwriter. He's kind of shy when it comes to the internet but a few of you may see him sporting his new guitar at McJam X

The back and double sides are local Black Walnut that my dad harvested decades ago:







The top is super tight grain, old growth, Sinker Redwood:



















More to come when time permits. Thanks for looking.
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Old 10-17-2016, 04:20 PM
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Nice. That rosette goes really well on the redwood top
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Old 10-18-2016, 08:15 AM
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Nice redwood! I love a guitar with stories behind the wood!

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Old 10-18-2016, 12:26 PM
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Very nice Tim. Gonna be a looker.
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Old 10-18-2016, 07:37 PM
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Smile I love walnut and sinker RW together.

To get to use a set your dad harvested! How fun. Thanks Pop!!!

Looking forward to more...

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Old 10-18-2016, 09:02 PM
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More pictures can be seen on our Facebook shared by Steven Stanley. Check them out.
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Old 10-19-2016, 10:04 AM
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Looks like a great new shape--looking forward to seeing it come together!
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Old 10-19-2016, 11:57 AM
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ATTENTION:
Tim is now taking orders for custom built McKnight guitar orders for 2017.

Please consider displaying your McKnight guitar at the Memphis Guitar Festival in June 2017.


Requirements follow:
Call or email Tim ASAP to order your custom built guitar through him and discuss options.



What are the benefits of displaying your guitar at the 2017 Memphis Guitar show?
***Meet your luthier and his wife
***Delivery and pick up in Memphis means no shipping charges for you.

***You can play your McKnight guitar with and for others anytime during the festival
***Free entry to the Memphis McJam

***Tim can make minor adjustments on your guitar to suit you

***Talk to other attendees about your guitar build process

***Meet other McKnight Guitar customers
***Choose to or not to have your guitar played on the demo stage (free to you)
***Pack light as you will receive a free McKnight Guitar t-shirt to wear there.

PLUS, maybe you will be the person Tim asks to play for the 20 minute demo concert!


It is time for Tim to get details in order should you choose to be a part of this event.


Call Tim at 740-223-6114 or email Tim@mcknightguitars.com.


Thank you.
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Old 10-21-2016, 04:02 PM
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Working on the neck buttress braces:

















Shaping the buttress brace end block:


















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Lookin great Tim! Is that CA glue?
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Lookin great Tim! Is that CA glue?
Hi Tony,
Yes, it's medium body CA (Glu-Boost) brand. Joins wood and carbon fiber together very efficiently.
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Old 10-22-2016, 02:53 PM
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Good looking Tim
I appreciate the tutorial on fitting the carbon rods.
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Smile CF rods

Looks like a beauty. Please hip me to what the CF rods do.

I assume they allow you to lighten the top bracing ?

John K is going to use them on my next build, I believe. With a cantilevered FB extension...

You luthiers all RAWK

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Old 10-22-2016, 09:14 PM
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Hi Paul,
Have you ever had a guitar that needed a neck reset? It happens because the string tension causes the neck block to rotate and in turn the sides of the guitar distort due to the rotation of the neck block. The carbon rods, in our guitar, redistribute that rotational torque on the neck block to the stiffest point on the guitar, the waist. The result of a guitar with these style of braces will likely never need a neck reset.

As an added benefit the soundboard, above the sound hole, isn't as suppressed by long grain linear compression forces. Therefore, you could experience some added tonal benefit on your build?

Years ago I argued that the top, above the sound hole was inert and contributed little to the tone of the guitar. After experimenting with a Tone Rite I had to eat my words. If you mount a Tone Rite on a guitar and run your fingers lightly over a guitar top you will feel what areas are actively vibrating and what areas are not. I learned that there was some vibration activity in the top above the sound hole. I also leanered that this area of the top, on our guitars with these buttress braces, were much more active than our guitars without the buttress braces.

I believe this upper area of the top contributes to the high frequency or treble response. I've also learned there are gains to be realized, if the builder can free up this area and allow it to vibrate more freely. I will be anxious to get your and John's feedback after he adds this feature to your guitar.
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Old 10-24-2016, 07:05 AM
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Looks great so far, and I love the thought process behind the build elements! Can you talk about the differences in the shape between this and the two guitars you "combined" to create it? It has a dread-like appearance, but given that it is alone in the pictures, I don't have the others as a reference point. Do you expect this shape to produce a tonal difference to the others, or was this more an aesthetic choice to offer a new shape? Excited to see the whole guitar!
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