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Mark Hatcher 05-21-2019 10:07 AM

The Fiddleback Tree
 
I have the Greta Fiddleback Tree guitar strung up and she's sounding really good:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...dd61b87e_c.jpg

The Sitka top has a subtle pillowing figure that compliments the strong fiddleback figure:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...198c10da_c.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...e1b31065_c.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...70180392_b.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...d8abfb4a_c.jpg

Nice sounding guitar. I'll say it sounds a lot like Cuban Mahogany. It's a little harder than average Honduran so it has more overtones than usual. Fundamentals are still strong though.

Thanks for viewing,
Mark

Nemoman 05-21-2019 10:15 AM

Wow--that came out stunning, Mark!

Great wood choices and combinations--they all complement each other beautifully.

Hoping we get to hear her soon?

Great stuff! Thanks for sharing it...

doodahdoug 05-21-2019 12:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nemoman (Post 6067235)
Wow--that came out stunning, Mark!

Great wood choices and combinations--they all complement each other beautifully.

Hoping we get to hear her soon?

Great stuff! Thanks for sharing it...

What Nemoman said...just beautifully crafted Mark and I also would love to hear her sing.

Mark Hatcher 05-21-2019 05:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nemoman (Post 6067235)
Wow--that came out stunning, Mark!

Great wood choices and combinations--they all complement each other beautifully.

Hoping we get to hear her soon?

Great stuff! Thanks for sharing it...

Thanks Nemoman!
I have a pretty short window before it gets shipped so I'm not sure if I can line up a recording.

Quote:

Originally Posted by doodahdoug (Post 6067351)
What Nemoman said...just beautifully crafted Mark and I also would love to hear her sing.

Thanks doodahdoug! I'll try to get a video up before it goes. Right now it has a temporary wooden saddle as I go through the intonation process and it's probably shipping Monday. It will be a tight window of opportunity.

JIK 05-21-2019 07:24 PM

Outstanding work

Guitars44me 05-21-2019 08:35 PM

Holy Moley!!!
 
Absolutely beautiful!

I especially like the backstrip that goes on up the back of the neck, it the entire instrument is outrageously beautiful.

Way to go!

Paul

Erithon 05-22-2019 08:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Guitars44me (Post 6067704)
I especially like the backstrip that goes on up the back of the neck

Me too - it gives the back of the instrumental a strong visual weight between the flaming and a vertical sense of continuity as it extends beyond the heel.

Why did you opt for a book-matched front headstock overlay, Mark? I know you normally do this on headstocks, but in this case I can see a single, twice-as-wide overlay of Fiddleback Mahogany also. If I am thinking of this, I'm sure you considered as well. Both would look great, but what led you to go the book-matching route?

Mark Hatcher 05-22-2019 12:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Erithon (Post 6067937)
Me too - it gives the back of the instrumental a strong visual weight between the flaming and a vertical sense of continuity as it extends beyond the heel.

Why did you opt for a book-matched front headstock overlay, Mark? I know you normally do this on headstocks, but in this case I can see a single, twice-as-wide overlay of Fiddleback Mahogany also. If I am thinking of this, I'm sure you considered as well. Both would look great, but what led you to go the book-matching route?

Thanks Erithon,

The trouble I had using a single wider overlay was it wouldn't line up in a good way with the asymmetrical layout of the headstock. I also felt the book match went well with the other flat (relatively flat) surface of the back. The figure is so uniform and directional, I like it better with the break.

ukejon 05-23-2019 09:08 AM

Once again, your grade on this project is an A+!

Mark Hatcher 05-24-2019 04:35 AM

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Originally Posted by ukejon (Post 6068749)
Once again, your grade on this project is an A+!

Thanks ukejon! I have the bone saddle on it now and it does sound great. It has more overtones than your average Mahogany guitar and carries a nice full sound. Nothing Id want to change on this guitar.

Stevied63 05-24-2019 05:30 AM

I had a chance to see the Fiddleback guitar in person yesterday, and it is even more gorgeous in person. My wife and I stopped in on our way up to Maine, and Mark kindly showed us his workshop and chatted for a couple of hours. The workshop is spotless and perfectly organized, as you can probably imagine given Marks build threads. We had a chance to talk about my upcoming build - a great opportunity to customize the guitar for my style (such as it is!! I had to warn Mark about my poor playing abilities, especially in front of others). I would encourage everyone to visit a luthiers shop - I wish I had done this more often. Mark is a true craftsman and artist!!

S

Mark Hatcher 05-24-2019 04:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stevied63 (Post 6069404)
I had a chance to see the Fiddleback guitar in person yesterday, and it is even more gorgeous in person. My wife and I stopped in on our way up to Maine, and Mark kindly showed us his workshop and chatted for a couple of hours. The workshop is spotless and perfectly organized, as you can probably imagine given Marks build threads. We had a chance to talk about my upcoming build - a great opportunity to customize the guitar for my style (such as it is!! I had to warn Mark about my poor playing abilities, especially in front of others). I would encourage everyone to visit a luthiers shop - I wish I had done this more often. Mark is a true craftsman and artist!!

S

Thanks Stevied63. It was great having you and your wife out to the shop! We covered a lot of ground. I feel I have a better understanding of the direction we are going with your upcoming build.

Mark

j. Kinnaird 05-24-2019 05:08 PM

Really lovely guitar Mark

Zandit75 05-24-2019 08:50 PM

I think you're getting to the point where I run out of words to describe the beauty that you create. I'm now finding myself pouring over your photos and trying to find mistakes or issues.......And for the most part, I'm failing miserably!!






Until now!!!
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...30f6552b_c.jpg

I really think you could have spent the extra 5mins to miter the b/w/b trim of the heel cap into the laminated parts of the neck!!!
You need to strip it back and start again I'm afraid!!!:D:D

Mark Hatcher 05-25-2019 04:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zandit75 (Post 6069985)
I think you're getting to the point where I run out of words to describe the beauty that you create. I'm now finding myself pouring over your photos and trying to find mistakes or issues.......And for the most part, I'm failing miserably!!

Until now!!!
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...30f6552b_c.jpg

I really think you could have spent the extra 5mins to miter the b/w/b trim of the heel cap into the laminated parts of the neck!!!
You need to strip it back and start again I'm afraid!!!:D:D

Ha, ha, ha! You got me on that one! I admit that I dont like purfling to dead end. That is why I carry the purfling lines I have under fretboards carry right out under the nut on into the headstock.
Ill make you a deal, you show me how I could miter those laminates in the neck to the laminates under the heel cap in 5mins Ill do it going forward and forever call the laminate miters The Zandit75s :)


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