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Haasome 12-17-2021 01:20 PM

Looking good!

cigarfan 12-18-2021 06:36 AM

Schweeet! :up:

Fredder 12-19-2021 01:03 PM

Is that a scratch below the lower tonebar on the right side? The bridgeplate looks a bit odd. Almost looks like it's splitting along the grain.

iim7V7IM7 12-19-2021 01:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Fredder (Post 6883610)
Is that a scratch below the lower tonebar on the right side? The bridgeplate looks a bit odd. Almost looks like it's splitting along the grain.

My guess, is that it is a visual defect (bearclaw) on the inside surface of the top, but it could potentially be a chisel scar because it is adjacent to the tone bar. That said, it is awfully long compared to the type chisel typically used to carve braces (e.g., 16 to 20 mm is common). I can ask them about it after the Holiday break. Either way, I am not concerned about it…:)

Regarding the bridge plate, that is not split. The dark line towards the x-brace is just part of the figure of the maple.

iim7V7IM7 01-14-2022 05:22 PM

I had some correspondence with Carolyn at SCGC this week. The current wave of “Cron” is slowing things down a bit in their shop due to safe operating protocols. Unlike a solo luthier shop that can work in isolation, they have 17 colleagues to keep safe.

The rims will be bent shortly. In the interim, Carolyn was kind enough to take a few images out in the shop. Here’s a close up of simple Paua Abalone/Curly Maple/Ebony rosette. Keep in mind that the Italian Spruce top will have a “Buttered Toast” sunburst so the colors of the shell and contrast of the maple will visually “pop”.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag...A22516DC8.jpeg

She also managed to take an additional shot of the back with its African Blackwood backstrip. You can begin to get a sense of the figure, pre-finish. The set obviously comes from an walnut orchard grafted stump. The two pin knot vestiges near the outer portion of the lower bout will likely filled and stablized before the body is closed.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag...199BA7F29.jpeg

More when I get it…:)

Dustinfurlow 01-14-2022 05:47 PM

Woah. How did this sneak past me...having a G.A.S attack! My last build that was Italian/Walnut had such a lovely tone, scale length proved to not be my preference....still miss it dearly.

iim7V7IM7 01-14-2022 06:20 PM

Yes, I remember your guitar from Marc, it was lovely…:up:

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Originally Posted by Dustinfurlow (Post 6905868)
Woah. How did this sneak past me...having a G.A.S attack! My last build that was Italian/Walnut had such a lovely tone, scale length proved to not be my preference....still miss it dearly.


cigarfan 01-15-2022 05:57 AM

Sure is a gorgeous set of Walnut. Looking forward to seeing this with a "buttered toast" top. Gonna be awesome!

iim7V7IM7 01-15-2022 07:33 AM

Dennis, with some luck, perhaps you will get a chance to play it at Artisan in April…:)
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Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 6906079)
Sure is a gorgeous set of Walnut. Looking forward to seeing this with a "buttered toast" top. Gonna be awesome!


KingCavalier 01-15-2022 08:09 AM

What a beauty, super clean work.

jklotz 01-15-2022 08:30 AM

Man that is looking great! Look at that walnut!!!

iim7V7IM7 01-15-2022 09:31 AM

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Originally Posted by KingCavalier (Post 6906159)
What a beauty, super clean work.

I assume that you are referring to the rosette. It is cleanly executed. That is real Paua Abalone and not Abalam or ZipFlex and Curly Maple/Black Fiber not Ivoroid/Black Fiber to boot…:up:

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Originally Posted by jklotz (Post 6906174)
Man that is looking great! Look at that walnut!!!

I too will curious to see it after pore filling and nitro as well…:)

Steve Kinnaird 01-18-2022 09:14 PM

That’s going to be stunning under finish!

Steve

iim7V7IM7 01-19-2022 08:36 AM

Thanks Steve...:). We will find out soon...

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Originally Posted by Steve Kinnaird (Post 6909824)
That’s going to be stunning under finish!

Steve


iim7V7IM7 01-21-2022 11:56 AM

Roughing a Neck
 
I received another photo update from Carolyn and the SCGC shop today.

Santa Cruz, being a “small shop” that makes about 400 guitars/year has incorporated CNC into certain repetitive operations such as the rough creation of necks. The roughed neck blank still left large along its middle section with features to locate the Ebony fretboard and for subsequent neck shaping operations. A body accessible, double action truss rod has also been installed and with a top shim along with a Peghead veneer.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag...9D5F5E352.jpeg

A simple snake head shaped Gaboon Ebony peghead veneer appears to be a nice color match with the Maple purfled/African Blackwood binding. A Green Abalone “SCGC” min-logo has also been installed.

https://hosting.photobucket.com/imag...3D797D4C7.jpeg

I believe that the next update should include the bent rims.


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