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Guitars44me 03-06-2021 04:33 PM

Looking FINE
 
Wow. That is some very VERY PRECISE woodworking!!!

Sweet!

As for golf, I like Mark Twain's comment:

"Golf... A great walk ruined!"

Hahahaha

All you golfers have fun on the course. I am going for a hike in the woods.

Cheers

Paul

Eire 03-07-2021 07:59 PM

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Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 6654932)
Now you are talking my language. Apparently Tim can swing a club based on this story....

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Originally Posted by fitness1 (Post 6655204)
Yes, he can....;)


I'll second Todd's appraisal of Tim's golf game, although Tim doesn't always line up his putts quite as well as his purfling. ;)

And while we're on the subject of purfling, allow me to add a big thumbs-up to the blue accents on this guitar. Coupled with the dark wood, it's aesthetically stunning without being flashy. Absolutely love it.

Also, back to sound ports, would like to agree with Paul on the value of a sound port in concert situations where the monitors are ineffective (if you've monitors at all). The sound port brings your playing right up to your ears; your guitar sound is not lost out in front, blending with the other instruments and hubbub.

jjhturbo 03-08-2021 11:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Eire (Post 6656372)
Also, back to sound ports, would like to agree with Paul on the value of a sound port in concert situations where the monitors are ineffective (if you've monitors at all). The sound port brings your playing right up to your ears; your guitar sound is not lost out in front, blending with the other instruments and hubbub.

Totally agree. This makes a lot of sense and a huge benefit of sound ports. But still mulling over sound port design options/layout...

jjhturbo 03-08-2021 02:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Eire (Post 6656372)
And while we're on the subject of purfling, allow me to add a big thumbs-up to the blue accents on this guitar. Coupled with the dark wood, it's aesthetically stunning without being flashy. Absolutely love it.

Btw, thanks for positive thoughts on the aesthetics! That's the overarching goal I had in mind when I first collaborated with Tim & Mary on this build -- to be simple yet elegant.

Tim McKnight 03-10-2021 08:17 AM

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Originally Posted by fitness1 (Post 6654344)
Yeah - he's a show-off. You should see him hit a 3 wood over the top of a 50 foot tall tree 230 yds out in the middle of a fairway:D

Wellllll, once upon a time, many, many moons ago, in a previous life... I used to know how to play the game, even at "scratch" level but those days have long passed me by. I do miss playing at that level but as most golfers know its something that takes a LOT of time and due diligence. Family priorities took over where they should and golf was and is a fleeting memory.


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Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 6654932)
Now you are talking my language. Apparently Tim can swing a club based on this story....

Perhaps one day we can enjoy a round Tom. I'd like that.


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Originally Posted by Eire (Post 6656372)
I'll second Todd's appraisal of Tim's golf game, although Tim doesn't always line up his putts quite as well as his purfling. ;)

How truly spoken Kurt, at least about my lost putting skills. I think I have ventured out to a course less than a dozen times over the last 4 or 5 years. Its just not as enjoyable anymore knowing what once was and no longer is...


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Originally Posted by Guitars44me (Post 6655261)
As for golf, I like Mark Twain's comment:

"Golf... A great walk ruined!" Paul

That's a great summation Paul. Thanks to all who have stirred up some fond memories that have been lost within.

Now back to our regular scheduled programming ...

Tim McKnight 03-15-2021 06:23 AM

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Originally Posted by jjhturbo (Post 6654292)
Look at that skill of joining that heel to the body and how the blue strip lines up! Impressed.

https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/...1&d=1614985933



You have a very discerning eye and thanks for noticing the little things John. Its details like this that look easy but are not always simple to execute.

jjhturbo 03-18-2021 08:47 PM

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Updates!

Tim -- I continue to marvel at your skill and the beautiful work!

Mary -- thanks for keeping me posted with these photo updates! I feel like I'm in the shop with you guys.

You are both amazing. What a wonderful experience this has been.

And....may I say...as I see the shine on the wood with the pore filler....wow, I am loving the beautiful dark Amazon RW. Giving me a great idea of the finished product.

jjhturbo 03-18-2021 08:52 PM

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Look at that sneak preview of the shine!

Mary 03-19-2021 04:03 PM

Thank you, John. That is kind of you to say that.

It's fun to watch your design come into play at our shop. I just wish I could bottle the fragrance and send it to you. Certainly someone in te4h AGF is smarter than the average bear to hone in on that idea. I'll be happy to take 3% of the profits for the idea. It would be a big seller!

I can show you the humidity controlled room but until you have been in there to remember the fragrance of all those woods ... it's just a room.

jjhturbo 03-20-2021 12:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Mary (Post 6667033)
Thank you, John. That is kind of you to say that.

It's fun to watch your design come into play at our shop. I just wish I could bottle the fragrance and send it to you. Certainly someone in te4h AGF is smarter than the average bear to hone in on that idea. I'll be happy to take 3% of the profits for the idea. It would be a big seller!

I can show you the humidity controlled room but until you have been in there to remember the fragrance of all those woods ... it's just a room.

Haha, well...I guess I just have to settle for the next best thing to being out there in person. :) But totally agree -- nothing quite like the sweet and fragrant aroma of natural woods!

Tim McKnight 04-05-2021 06:15 AM

As luck would have it we had a minor set back. The motor on our large air compressor burnt up and we had to order a new one. $450 for a new motor plus shipping, ouch. Last year the motor went out on our large bandsaw and it was even more costly. For the sake of transparency set backs like these happen and are rarely known by the customer and general public. I am not complaining as "stuff happens" and its all part of doing business. Pictures should start flowing in a few days after we are back up to speed again.

Mary 04-05-2021 11:58 AM

Equipment - woods - finishes and buffing wheels ... whew...

But we are back in order.

Listen ... the air compressor is humming in the shop. The side sound port is now in place. Life is good!

jjhturbo 04-06-2021 08:52 AM

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Tim & Mary - really appreciate the transparency, and as I've mentioned several times already, the level of engagement and updates that you both provide are unparalleled. Exceptional.
So, with that said, regarding the "set-back", absolutely no worries at all from my perspective in terms of the "delay". You've been zooming along on this process, and way ahead of the delivery date I was originally expecting....so ZERO complaints from my end! :)

The guitar...with the shine...and all the details now really coming through....gorgeous! As you know, when we collaborated on the design at the beginning of this whole build....I told you both I wanted a relatively simple yet elegant look....and I must say...you guys have nailed it!

Photo updates forthcoming (starting here with some older ones that weren't posted in my last update).

jjhturbo 04-06-2021 10:05 AM

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Luckenbooth Medallion sound port!

Carmel Cedar 04-06-2021 03:33 PM

What a lovely guitar...adding another 'thumbs up' for the incredible, understated elegance with the blue accents. :up:

I'm so glad you went for a soundport, John. I think you'll love it. The execution of this one adds to the aesthetic and beauty of the guitar - great choice! Even has a wonderful name (Luckenbooth Medallion) - I did not know Luckenbooth is one of the most romantic Scottish symbols of love. Is there a story behind that selection?

Can't wait to see the instrument advance into final form soon...

jjhturbo 04-06-2021 04:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Carmel Cedar (Post 6683859)
What a lovely guitar...adding another 'thumbs up' for the incredible, understated elegance with the blue accents. :up:

I'm so glad you went for a soundport, John. I think you'll love it. The execution of this one adds to the aesthetic and beauty of the guitar - great choice! Even has a wonderful name (Luckenbooth Medallion) - I did not know Luckenbooth is one of the most romantic Scottish symbols of love. Is there a story behind that selection?

Can't wait to see the instrument advance into final form soon...

Thanks for the affirmation and kind words, Andy! Having a sound port is completely new to me, but I have heard so many great things about it, that I feel I made the right decision. In terms of design...and whether there is a story behind the choice...alas, I wish I could say there was a special reason to it, but honestly I didn't even realize there was a deeper meaning to this symbol. Thanks though for educating me on that -- in fact, I just did some reading up on this, and you're right -- there is definitely cool history and meaning to this symbol.

Is it too late to come up with a story for my wife? :):D:halo:

Carmel Cedar 04-07-2021 08:51 AM

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Originally Posted by jjhturbo (Post 6683903)
Is it too late to come up with a story for my wife? :):D:halo:

Excellent idea, John. Maybe Mary or Tim may have advice on this. Perhaps you could write a song for your wife (how does 'You Are My Luckenbooth' sound?). You have options! :)

cigarfan 04-10-2021 05:48 AM

Sorry to hear about the setback, but stuff happens. Guitar is looking fantabulous!

Tim McKnight 04-12-2021 06:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Carmel Cedar (Post 6684367)
Excellent idea, John. Maybe Mary or Tim may have advice on this. Perhaps you could write a song for your wife (how does 'You Are My Luckenbooth' sound?). You have options! :)

Now that is an excellent idea CarmelCedar!

jjhTurbo, We will be expecting a demo CD in the near future so you better sharpen your pencil and start jotting down some lyrics ;)



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Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 6686608)
Sorry to hear about the setback, but stuff happens. Guitar is looking fantabulous!

Hey, stuff happens in life and much of it is out of our control. Not to worry though because the new motor is making fresh air quite efficiently now. Sorry but we've not many pictures to share at this stage because we are just hanging out watching Cat Lacquer drying.

j. Kinnaird 04-12-2021 07:27 AM

Beautiful work Tim. I really like the way you sequenced the finishing process and that sound port insert. Real craftsmanship.

John

Rodger 04-14-2021 05:44 AM

While we're watching paint dry, how about some levity?

Years ago at the McJam, there was an attendee couple where the poor wife was sick the entire weekend and spent most of the McJam bundled up on the McKnight's living room recliner.

Near the end, I heard her husband and Tim discussing his purchase and shipment of a McKnight guitar. I found that odd because they had driven to the McJam in a van, RV or other roomy vehicle. Why not just take it with them?

After they departed, I asked Tim. He said what I should have obviously figured out - he didn't want his wife to know he had purchased a McKnight.

Alright - maybe not the funniest story, but I found it amusing at the time.

On a serious note - that is a fantastic looking guitar JJH! You will be thrilled with everything, I'm sure. I just put new strings on my McKnight mahogany dread last night and played for an hour or so. Incredible guitar! I'm sure yours will be just as incredible!

Mary 04-14-2021 07:21 AM

Oh, yes, Rodger. I remember that McJam.

McJams are the place to buy a spec guitar so the desired guitar can be played, inspected, admired, tested, listened to by the others and there can be a great discussion with the luthier and all the other wise attendees about the woods, the time it was made, the history of the wood and compare if to other sizes and shapes. It can be heard in different settings. Mic, no mic, out in the open air, in a quiet room, in a tin can which is the shed type building known as the "Lone Cone.

In John's case, we were able to do something we have never done before. We shared a phone face time and let him see we are real with a humidity controlled room for the woods. As is true for many who are here we let them tell us what they want, but Tim will direct them to clear their mind and show them how to shop with their ear. Then we work to direct them to use their eyes. John let us know he wanted subtle, clean lines that wouldn't be blunt to the eye. We enjoyed the time frame we shared that day. We prefer not to design guitars during the McJam but it's nice to give an education to those who know what they know and yet don't know what they don't know.

If you haven't learned this it yet during all McJams I tend to say, "If your questions aren't answered by Tim or me then ask Rodger." :) He and his wife are great attendees and good friend. He is good about keeping me in my place. If you don't believe me .... ask Rodger! Fact is you can also ask Bruce and Nancy, Kurt, Neil ... and now Dennis. They are knowledgeable, too!

Rodger 04-14-2021 03:58 PM

Awww! Thanks for the nice compliment Mary!

I agree about the knowledge base of the McJam attendees. I learn something new every year.

Steve Kinnaird 04-15-2021 09:48 AM

Beautiful work, stellar execution—kudos Tim!

Steve

Tim McKnight 04-16-2021 08:04 AM

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Originally Posted by j. Kinnaird (Post 6688486)
Beautiful work Tim. I really like the way you sequenced the finishing process and that sound port insert. Real craftsmanship.

John

Thanks for the kind words John. I typically wait until just before the last three coats of finish are sprayed before I install a sound port. Since its a pain to sand the port edges, especially on a port with multiple small holes, this prevents excess finish build up or finish delamination on the port edges. I use catalyzed urethane lacquer and as long as I spray successive coats within a 1-1/2 to 4 hour window each coat burns into the previous coat so no sanding is required between coats. Hope this makes sense?

Tim McKnight 04-16-2021 05:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Steve Kinnaird (Post 6691283)
Beautiful work, stellar execution—kudos Tim!

Steve

Thanks Steve.

jjhturbo 04-21-2021 11:14 AM

The final stretch!
 
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Oh my, just got these pics today (thanks, Mary!). I am in the process of admiring/drooling over these.

Tim - masterful, just masterful work.

Mary 04-21-2021 12:48 PM

It's a great job and I am so glad to have the heat of the wood shop on this cold snowy Ohio day. Your luthier will have a birthday next week. We have had snow on his birthday in the past and I sure am hoping it's not going to appear again this month.

C'mon spring!

jjhturbo 04-21-2021 01:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Mary (Post 6696745)
It's a great job and I am so glad to have the heat of the wood shop on this cold snowy Ohio day. Your luthier will have a birthday next week. We have had snow on his birthday in the past and I sure am hoping it's not going to appear again this month.

C'mon spring!

Wow, please send along my early happy bday wishes! Snow this late into April? I think the last time I actually saw snowfall (not just snow on the ground) was....hmm...more than 10 years ago?

My best to both of you.

Eire 04-21-2021 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Carmel Cedar (Post 6684367)
Excellent idea, John. Maybe Mary or Tim may have advice on this. Perhaps you could write a song for your wife (how does 'You Are My Luckenbooth' sound?). You have options! :)

(to the tune of "You Are My Sunshine")

You are my Luckenbooth, my only Luckenbooth,
You make me happy just as you are.
You'll never know, dear, how much I love you --
Almost as much as my new McKnight guitar.

Always here to help.... ;)


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