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Richard Mott 04-27-2021 08:24 AM

EKat wrote: “I SO wanted Blanchard to call his compound contoured Venetian cutaway his "Signature Cutaway." Ya know what he said? “Ewwwww. . . my name's not on it!"

Kath, tell him it actually has “Blanchard” written all over it!

eKat 04-27-2021 10:38 AM

^ ^ ^ ^ ^ FULLY LAUGHING OUT LOUD ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

We'll have our daily yammerfest and I'll tell him to check in on this thread. It's sounds so much like me, he'll think I paid you to post it!

HILARIOUS!

TFPU! (that's eKat for Thanks For Postin' Up!)

Guitars44me 04-27-2021 11:49 AM

Lovely!
 
As so many here have already said, thank you for the super informative build thread! Much appreciated!!!

What a beauty...

Enjoy this in FINE health and spirits

Salud

Paul

eKat 04-27-2021 01:05 PM

Cutaway Crack-up Update . . . .
 
When I told a certain fine handcrafted geetar builder about Richard Mott's post, he fully laughed out loud as did I, again.

It was a very, very good one!

I love this industry!

iim7V7IM7 04-27-2021 02:32 PM

Boy, lots-o-activity in this thread today...

Quote:

Originally Posted by rule18 (Post 6701806)
Great looking guitar, congratulations! I too enjoyed the build thread.

:up:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Richard Mott (Post 6701814)
EKat wrote: “I SO wanted Blanchard to call his compound contoured Venetian cutaway his "Signature Cutaway." Ya know what he said? “Ewwwww. . . my name's not on it!"

Kath, tell him it actually has “Blanchard” written all over it!

Quote:

Originally Posted by eKat (Post 6701943)
^ ^ ^ ^ ^ FULLY LAUGHING OUT LOUD ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

I can picture the reaction...:)

We'll have our daily yammerfest and I'll tell him to check in on this thread. It's sounds so much like me, he'll think I paid you to post it!

HILARIOUS!

TFPU! (that's eKat for Thanks For Postin' Up!)

Quote:

Originally Posted by Guitars44me (Post 6701986)
As so many here have already said, thank you for the super informative build thread! Much appreciated!!!

What a beauty...

Enjoy this in FINE health and spirits

Salud

Paul

Thank you Paul...

Quote:

Originally Posted by eKat (Post 6702043)
When I told a certain fine handcrafted geetar builder about Richard Mott's post, he fully laughed out loud as did I, again.

It was a very, very good one!

I love this industry!

Might have been High Sierra hypoxia...:)

iim7V7IM7 04-27-2021 02:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve Kinnaird (Post 6701798)
Happy for you, Bob. What a beautiful guitar!

Steve

Thank you Steve. You can it a spin when we see each other at WILS in October...

Tim Porter 04-27-2021 04:47 PM

Man-o-man, that is soooo choice! I play my Tamarack a lot lately--Blanchards are amazing! So glad you're bonding with it. Tim

iim7V7IM7 04-27-2021 05:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve Kinnaird (Post 6701798)
Happy for you, Bob. What a beautiful guitar!

Steve

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tim Porter (Post 6702213)
Man-o-man, that is soooo choice! I play my Tamarack a lot lately--Blanchards are amazing! So glad you're bonding with it. Tim

Thanks Tim...:). I hope that you and your new Sobell are united...:up:. In the mean time enjoy your Tamarack.

eKat 04-27-2021 05:42 PM

Hypoxia . . . .
 
HA, Bob . . . maybe you're right, the air is rare down there on the Eastside of the Range of Light. He did seem to laugh pretty darned hard.

AndreF 04-28-2021 07:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Richard Mott (Post 6701727)
One thing further on this guitar, is the compound curve of Mark’s cutaway. It is simply the most elegant I’ve seen—totally solves the issue of blending the curved heel to the side. Aesthetically, I never was able to get used to the little side “shelf” adjoining the heel in many cutaway acoustics. Mark’s approach is lovely and I would have expected it to become a lutherie standard. It must be quite a trick to achieve or it would be more widely used. But just beautiful!

Richard, I totally agree.
When Mark built my pinyon (Lil Pinny) years ago, we had discussed the cutaway design at length, but more the shape of it rather than how he would finish it. As I recall he came up with 3 versions, and this is the one we decided on. This is a pic of the back. I think it looks very similar to the one Bob posted earlier of his new guitar.
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...88ffc3_o_d.jpg
It's eerie, but what appears to be a little shelf as the back meets the neck is not at all. It's totally flat. But the effect is almost 3 dimensional. It's very hard to capture it on a photo! You would swear there is some contour there, but no.
I just thought that was super cool. Mark's a magician. Just the little subtle things you notice from time to time on a guitar of this caliber.
(Sorry Bob, I didn't mean to step on your Bristlecone thread, but I thought it was appropriate given Richard's posted observation on this design aspect of the cutaway).

eKat 04-28-2021 08:22 AM

Andre . . . it's so cool to see Lil Pinny, again. I loved that guitar and the recordings you've done on him.

YAY!

eKat 04-28-2021 08:36 AM

I asked Blanchard to photograph Bob's cutaway by shooting down the neck and he tried but none of the images were any good. He doesn't have the product photo studio set up, yet.

Phooey.

So . . . as an illustration of what that photo would have looked like, here's one I fully ripped off the Dream Guitar's page. Paul has an amazing photo studio set up and, as you can see, it's still nearly impossible to capture that cutaway - or any guitar, for that matter. They're harder to shoot than show cars, everything's just too shapely and shiny!

https://www.dreamguitars.com/shop/me...5-7.jpg?x53771

Whoa, I don't know if that'll work, or not.

Alan Carruth 04-28-2021 09:25 AM

One trick that Mark Hatcher uses to get good photos is a polarizing filter, which can cut out much of the glare of surface reflections. Since these are going to be just the spots where the wood grain will reflect best this really helps. Now I have to find one that fits my camera....

eKat 04-28-2021 09:39 AM

Frikk-a-Zee, I used to run a polarizing filter on my Nikkormat 35mm film camera. You're right, one would be fun to play with on the digi side of life.

Hmmmmm.

Thanks, Al.

warfrat73 04-28-2021 10:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alan Carruth (Post 6702708)
One trick that Mark Hatcher uses to get good photos is a polarizing filter, which can cut out much of the glare of surface reflections. Since these are going to be just the spots where the wood grain will reflect best this really helps. Now I have to find one that fits my camera....

Strangely, that never occurred to me. I even have a couple of them in my camera bag (and I did a minor in photography).


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