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IBKuz 04-20-2019 09:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 6041809)
The list of guitars and wood sets I would love to build with is growing faster than how fast I build guitars. I hope to keep it at this pace till the day I die. What could be better than that?

Haha ... I can see I was thinking this all backwards. May you have many more years of enjoyment and pleasure, chasing this love of yours 😉

Mark Hatcher 04-21-2019 09:57 PM

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Originally Posted by IBKuz (Post 6042033)
Haha ... I can see I was thinking this all backwards. May you have many more years of enjoyment and pleasure, chasing this love of yours 😉

Thank you IBKuz and thanks for following along.

Mark

Joel Teel 04-22-2019 07:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 6024144)
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7803/...74af05fa_b.jpg

Now that the selection of potential button woods has grown so much I needed a better way to show examples to aid in the decision. Just showing the a picture of the wood I am getting the buttons from isn't
necessarily all that helpful:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7832/...f5e0f2bb_c.jpg

So I came up with a quick way to get closer to how the buttons will look:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7820/...f20cf327_c.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7897/...b9223d8d_c.jpg

The blank that I cut the button shape out of is about an 1/8" thick and if it is lit low on one side the shadow helps it look more like a three dimensional button.

So which wood did we decide on for this Penelope guitar?

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7905/...3383ee4d_c.jpg

The Amboyna Burl was agreed on as be the best choice. Here is a picture of the buttons with the ferrules in:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7915/...e5b9d40d_c.jpg

I'll wrap this little series up with a glimpse of how this current Penelope headstock will look:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7916/...05a3b1cd_b.jpg

Thanks for following along!
Mark

Hi Mark...
This is one of the most beautiful headstock themes that Iíve ever seen. As you were showing pictures of the ďbutton possibilitiesĒ...I immediately hoped that you would choose the Amboyna burl...and it turned out to be more beautiful than I anticipated!!!

As for following along...although I donít have the time to frequent the AGF as often as Iíd like to...your posts always pull me in for a peek. Your aesthetic artistry resonates with my own internally-driven rhythms...and, as someone who is trying to absorb as much as possible from other builders, I thank you for sharing as much as you do.

Joel

Steve Kinnaird 04-22-2019 08:19 AM

Mark! Loved the button shots! Lovely work!
The brass ferrules are a particularly good idea.
Thanks for posting all that!

Steve

Mark Hatcher 04-23-2019 04:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Joel Teel (Post 6042929)
Hi Mark...
This is one of the most beautiful headstock themes that Iíve ever seen. As you were showing pictures of the ďbutton possibilitiesĒ...I immediately hoped that you would choose the Amboyna burl...and it turned out to be more beautiful than I anticipated!!!

As for following along...although I donít have the time to frequent the AGF as often as Iíd like to...your posts always pull me in for a peek. Your aesthetic artistry resonates with my own internally-driven rhythms...and, as someone who is trying to absorb as much as possible from other builders, I thank you for sharing as much as you do.

Joel

Thanks Joel, I am happy to contribute and certainly benefit from the open exchange of information in the guitar building community. This benefits us all in keeping and growing our little piece of the guitar market.

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Originally Posted by Steve Kinnaird (Post 6042981)
Mark! Loved the button shots! Lovely work!
The brass ferrules are a particularly good idea.
Thanks for posting all that!

Steve

Your welcome Steve, thanks for commenting. The Gotoh 510s are the workhorse of the quality guitar market. Being able to do some customization adds ascetic options while also enhancing performance is certainly a leg up for the custom builders.

Mark

ukejon 04-23-2019 04:59 AM

Gorgeous. And I love the button template....great idea.

s2y 04-23-2019 07:26 AM

I'm a sucker for 2 tone amboyna burl. Looks killer!

Mark Hatcher 04-24-2019 04:03 AM

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Originally Posted by ukejon (Post 6043762)
Gorgeous. And I love the button template....great idea.

Thanks ukejon, quick and easy isnít always a bad thing!

Quote:

Originally Posted by s2y (Post 6043851)
I'm a sucker for 2 tone amboyna burl. Looks killer!

Thanks s2y, Iím right there with you. That contrast gives a lot to work with and the result will always be unique.

Thanks for commenting,
Mark

Mark Hatcher 04-26-2019 10:50 AM

Website
 
It's been about 7 years since I've had a real upgrade on my website. It's not really compatible with smart phones or iPads etc. It doesn't have all the current scrolls and parallax whistles and bells. It's time for a complete change.
One of the issues I have is how hard it has been to make minor changes. So this time I thought I'd take control and do the website on my own taking advantage of all the more user friendly web building software.
Most of the work is putting together all the content and vision for the site even if you pay someone else to do it. So I'm doing on my own and, of course, there have been many bumps on this road but, I'm making headway! Except my brain hurts!

Guitars44me 04-26-2019 01:06 PM

You have my complete sympathy...
 
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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 6046731)
It's been about 7 years since I've had a real upgrade on my website. It's not really compatible with smart phones or iPads etc. It doesn't have all the current scrolls and parallax whistles and bells. It's time for a complete change.
One of the issues I have is how hard it has been to make minor changes. So this time I thought I'd take control and do the website on my own taking advantage of all the more user friendly web building software.
Most of the work is putting together all the content and vision for the site even if you pay someone else to do it. So I'm doing on my own and, of course, there have been many bumps on this road but, I'm making headway! Except my brain hurts!

I hate computers and often wonder if life was not really better before electronics at all... so please accept my condolences on your website efforts! Haha

Meanwhile, if not for my trusty iPad I would not get to visit AGF! So it is not ALL bad.

As for the headstock above, it is WAY beyond Beautiful !!! Unreal workmanship and esthetics.

I have yet to get the thrill of playing a Hatcher, but my guitar buddies who have certainly rave about your instruments ! I hope to experience one of your beautiful guitars soon.

Thank you for sharing so much with us all!

Paul

Mark Hatcher 04-27-2019 07:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Guitars44me (Post 6046849)
I hate computers and often wonder if life was not really better before electronics at all... so please accept my condolences on your website efforts! Haha

Meanwhile, if not for my trusty iPad I would not get to visit AGF! So it is not ALL bad.

As for the headstock above, it is WAY beyond Beautiful !!! Unreal workmanship and esthetics.

I have yet to get the thrill of playing a Hatcher, but my guitar buddies who have certainly rave about your instruments ! I hope to experience one of your beautiful guitars soon.

Thank you for sharing so much with us all!

Paul

Thank you for the kind words Paul. I canít complain too much about computors either. It is because of technology I could move out of NJ to New Hampshire with 1,500 acres of woods in my back yard. In fact, 96 percent of NH is under trees, just as I like. From here I can sell guitars all over the world while seeing bobcats and turkeys out my studio window. So Iíll stop complaining and get this website done!
I think Iíve just been in website overload lately. Iím on the new website committee for our local open studio art tour group and this weekend I need to spend a couple hours trial running the new website for the New Hampshire Woodworkers Guild which the Granite State Luthier group is part of.
I guess I could say Iím in website immersion but, this is how I learn best.

Yes, that two tone Amboyna burl is great and inspiring to work with. Iíve been buying a lot more of it and weíll see more popping up on future builds.

Mark

Mark Hatcher 04-29-2019 12:30 PM

Two Tone Aboyna Burl
 
I've been building up my stash of two tone Amboyna Burl. I now have a good supply for headstocks, tuner buttons, rosettes, heel caps, end grafts, logo chips...Ö

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...2fe63234_c.jpg

I'm sure I'll come up with more!


Mark

Mark Hatcher 05-01-2019 09:59 AM

New Feature on My Bridges
 
At one of our Granite State Luthiers meetings Alan Carruth spoke about how to set up a saddle in a way that tends to stay intonated if you raise or lower it. That caught my interest and the more I learned about it the more I thought I should be doing this.

The higher the strings are, the sharper they get when you fret them. To compensate you move the peak or break point of the saddle back a little bit. The technique to help with this is to tilt the saddle back a little bit. The higher it goes, the further back the point moves. Easy Peasy. Well that is a little easier said than done.

I'm not a jig guy but, this project passes all my rules for justifying a jig. A couple of those rules are: no single use jigs, they have to work for all of my guitar models and they have to be adjustable.

So this is what I've spent the last couple days figuring out and making:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...b93f3d03_b.jpg

You can see how it angles the saddle back better in this picture:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...e8cd5886_b.jpg

Here is a dummy bridge blank with a dummy saddle in place:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...21846fb7_c.jpg

You know you are on the right track when you realize you are getting additional benefits as you dig into something new. With this another big benefit is normally the strings going over the saddle tend to push it forward sometime even causing the bridge to crack out there. With this set up the force is directed down into the guitar where you want it.

I now have a new standard feature that comes with Hatcher Guitars (I'll need to add this into the new website I'm working on!)

amohr 05-02-2019 04:54 AM

Mark your solutions are always so elegant, thank you kindly for this continued education.

j. Kinnaird 05-02-2019 06:15 AM

Very elegant solution to that slopped saddle Mark. I currently just tilt the blank up on one edge of the clamping vice and consequently run the risk of getting more variability in the angle the saddle takes.


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