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Guitars44me 11-24-2021 11:17 PM

Yep
 
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Originally Posted by Steve Kinnaird (Post 6863955)
It already looks great!

Steve

What Steve said! This will be fun to watch, and even more fun for you to play…

Enjoy the process

Paul

cigarfan 11-25-2021 06:09 AM

Happy Thanksgiving Bob! :) And thanks for giving us another fun build to watch! :guitar:

iim7V7IM7 11-25-2021 06:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Steve Kinnaird (Post 6863955)
It already looks great!

Steve

Thanks Steve…

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Originally Posted by Guitars44me (Post 6863970)
What Steve said! This will be fun to watch, and even more fun for you to play…

Enjoy the process

Paul

My hope as well…

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Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 6864042)
Happy Thanksgiving Bob! :) And thanks for giving us another fun build to watch! :guitar:

Happy T-Day to you as well Dennis…

Kenny B 11-25-2021 08:03 AM

Congrats on your new guitar build and thanks for posting your choices and detailed research that led you to those choices. I recently had a chance to demo a Santa Cruz OM Grand for a week and although decided not to buy, I couldn't be more impressed with the playability and sound quality. They really know how to build an excellent guitar so there is no need to worry about the final outcome, I'm sure it will be excellent.

The FS model is on my shortlist of guitars I'd like to own (along with a Pernambuco b/s guitar from a known luthier). I choose not to go with the OM Grand because I felt a FS model would be more suited for my playing. Still on the lookout for one with the right woods and specs.

iim7V7IM7 11-25-2021 11:58 AM

Kenny, thanks for your well wishes…:)

While Santa Cruz has guitars available to sample at their dealer network, these guitars were likely built to the dealer’s specifications and not YOURS. If you think you want an FS you might find one that you like at a dealer but you might be better off reaching out to Carolyn Sills at SCGC and begin a dialogue based on your likes and dislikes in other guitars you own or have played, playing style, ergonomic and sonic goals. This process is similar in some respects to the process one goes through with a luthier when beginning a project.

This can be done ahead of choosing a SCGC dealer or afterwards. Carolyn will typically discuss your project Richard to bet his two sense on the instrument and they will come back with some recommendations. Even within an FS model there can be significant sonic differences adjusted based on the choice of top wood, bracing pattern, bracing profile, choice of brace wood and back and sides. The ergonomic and aesthetic appointments can be optimized to your liking after that.

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Originally Posted by Kenny B (Post 6864117)
Congrats on your new guitar build and thanks for posting your choices and detailed research that led you to those choices. I recently had a chance to demo a Santa Cruz OM Grand for a week and although decided not to buy, I couldn't be more impressed with the playability and sound quality. They really know how to build an excellent guitar so there is no need to worry about the final outcome, I'm sure it will be excellent.

The FS model is on my shortlist of guitars I'd like to own (along with a Pernambuco b/s guitar from a known luthier). I choose not to go with the OM Grand because I felt a FS model would be more suited for my playing. Still on the lookout for one with the right woods and specs.


iim7V7IM7 12-03-2021 06:40 PM

Joined Back/Backstrip/Ladder Braces & Reinforcement Strip
 
I received some photos from Carolyn Sills at SGGC today.

They have joined the Claro Walnut backset; routed and installed a curly maple purfled African Blackwood backstrip. The set looks typical of an claro-english walnut orchard tree graft stump with its nature of light brown and dark brown striping and its curly figure.

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You can see the deep arch of a 12’ radius dish in the joined set in the ladder braces.

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The ladder braces and cross-grain back reinforcement strip are both made from Sitka Spruce. They are carved to almost no remaining thickness where they will meet the linings. Looking on the inside, you can see how the set goes from quarter sawn to rift/flat sawn. There is also a pin knot is present in the lower bout (between ladder brace 3 and 4) that will likely need some stabilization and filling.

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iim7V7IM7 12-10-2021 07:28 PM

Top Joined & Rosette Installed
 
I received an update from SCGC today. They have joined, sanded to thickness and rough cut to shape the Italian Spruce top set from Rudi Bachmann.

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They also installed a simple, clean Paua Abalone/Maple/Black Fiber rosette.

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colins 12-11-2021 04:13 PM

This is gonna be a very nice guitar!

Nemoman 12-12-2021 12:37 PM

Wonderful wood choices--looking forward to seeing it progress!

iim7V7IM7 12-12-2021 12:51 PM

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Originally Posted by colins (Post 6877457)
This is gonna be a very nice guitar!

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Originally Posted by Nemoman (Post 6878030)
Wonderful wood choices--looking forward to seeing it progress!

Thanks gents…:up:

Tim Porter 12-14-2021 12:40 PM

So geeked to see yet another amazingly spec'd guitar for you! Following with great interest. Tim

iim7V7IM7 12-15-2021 07:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Tim Porter (Post 6879482)
So geeked to see yet another amazingly spec'd guitar for you! Following with great interest. Tim

Thanks Tim...:)

Deft Tungsman 12-15-2021 11:11 AM

This looks like it's going to be a guitar for the ages!

Great choice of woods, by the way. Walnut often gets dismissed as a "lesser" tonewood. I can assure you that my Italian spruce/claro walnut Claxton OM is exceptional in every way.

Shameless plug photos:

https://i.imgur.com/m9IRHlY.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/jfmPsTJ.jpg

iim7V7IM7 12-15-2021 12:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Deft Tungsman (Post 6880231)
This looks like it's going to be a guitar for the ages!

Great choice of woods, by the way. Walnut often gets dismissed as a "lesser" tonewood.

Thanks! Ed build's profoundly great guitars out of any wood that he uses (congrats and thanks for sharing)...:up:.

Unfortunately, any hardwoods other than rosewood(s), mahoganies, maple(s) and koa are viewed by most guitarists as "tastes like chicken" :).

I selected the Claro Walnut back and sides and Italian Spruce top based on SCGC's recommendations as they reflected upon on my input as a player. I am likely a bit more wood agnostic/builder trusting than many players in that I have a number superb instruments made from odd hardwoods (e.g., Australian Blackwood, Black Cherry, Carved Back Flattops, Oregon Myrtle, Pernambuco etc.).

iim7V7IM7 12-17-2021 12:40 PM

Top Bracing
 
I received another update from SCGC:

The Italian Spruce top has now been braced. This is SCGC’s 1375th Model FS that they have made since the late 1980s when the first model rolled off their bench. The top is signed by long-time SCGC employee Adam Rose (AR). Adam has been with SCGC since the 1980s and has voiced many tops. I also believe that he is the Manager of CNC Design & Programming at SCGC.

The top has been straight taper braced with Adirondack Spruce bracing adhered with Hot-Hide-Glue. They have installed a popsicle brace above the upper transverse brace and a somewhat thick Hard Maple bridge plate that is chamfered on it right edge adjacent to the x-brace. Interestingly, the finger braces on the treble side of the top are straight taper profiled and a scalloped on the bass side of the top.

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Here is a short, accelerated video that the company made of Adam Rose voicing the bracing on a top from about 5-years ago.



More when I get it in the new year...:up:


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