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cigarfan 12-29-2016 02:16 PM

A Kinnaird Deep Body OM for cigarfan
Well, I just couldn't wait to post any longer. I have commissioned a Kinnaird Deep Body OM with Steve & Ryan. I'm probably way out in front of this with a thread since the guitar won't be finished until later in 2017 but I thought I would give you guys a flavor of what we have in mind and share the photos I've received from Steve so far.

Specs so far ...
Deep Body OM with florentine cutaway
Top: Some type of Euro Spruce yet to be selected (requested AAAA)
Back and Sides: Madagascar Rosewood
Fretboard and Headstock Overlay: Ebony
All wood "Tree-of-Life" fretboard inlay and Torch Headstock inlay to match

We have other surprises in mind but let's keep you in a little suspense!

This is the Madagascar set we've picked.

The neck will be of Mahogany with a center laminate of Bloodwood in the middle with thin Wenge stringers either side.

The center lam will match very well with the sapwood on the back.

Gluing up the neck

The fretboard with mockups of the all wood "Tree-of-Life" has been sent off to Larry Robinson to begin work. This is the mockup we sent.

We are going with Steve's slotted peghead with a torch inlay. The peghead will have an ebony veneer to show off the inlay as much as possible.

Sample of Steve's slotted peghead.

This is the mockup of the all-wood Torch inlay.

This is going to be a fun build and I am really looking forward to getting my very own Kinnaird!

Guitars44me 12-29-2016 02:31 PM

This will be fun to watch! And,even more fun to PLAY!!!

Good on ya, and have a swell New Years!


TennesseeWalker 12-29-2016 03:11 PM

That's going to be one fine looking guitar.

Great wood selection, beautiful inlays and I'm a sucker for a florentine cut.

Look forward to the progress on your new build.

dcn 12-29-2016 03:35 PM

So classy, this will be a treat to follow along, cigarfan. Congrats!

TomB'sox 12-29-2016 05:01 PM

Holy Moly is that going to be a looking. That wood set is amazing, my goodness!!!!!!

j. Kinnaird 12-29-2016 05:07 PM

That's going to look great! Love the wood and the inlay. You're going to be impressed with the sound and build quality

Kerbie 12-29-2016 05:10 PM

Oh my, the wood is stunning! Can't wait to watch... and live vicariously. :wink:

ukejon 12-29-2016 05:54 PM


This will be a visually thrilling build. Fantastic woods.

Diamondave 12-29-2016 07:45 PM

What an extravagant look...!!! Oh yea...

invguy921 12-30-2016 05:58 AM

Dennis, oh my goodness!!! What a classy guitar this is going to be. The Madi looks fantastic. The inlays are going to be simply gorgeous. This one makes my mouth water lol. :guitar:

And...what a great couple of guys to work with. I think Steve and Ryan are some of the finest guys in the business...and they build some friggin' amazing guitars. I'll be watching this one for sure.


cigarfan 12-30-2016 06:46 AM

Thanks ladies and gentleman for all the comments. Appreciate your following along. I really enjoy the journey.

BrunoBlack 12-30-2016 06:49 AM

That looks incredible Dennis. I'll be following this one.

cigarfan 12-30-2016 07:53 AM

These fellas work hard. This week the shop is usually closed and yet here I am receiving progress photos. When Steve and I spoke about the all wood inlays it forced this build to be accomplished a bit out of the normal order. The fretboard was first since that would take the most time and now the neck/peghead so Larry can work on the torch inlay next.

In this photo Steve has trued up the fretboard surface, as well as peghead area. He has routed for truss rod, and the two slots for carbon fiber bars. The head area was narrowed to accommodate the peghead "ears" which are glued in place here. Steve does this to strengthen the head with long grain.

Both the headplate and backplate of the peghead will be dark veneer, light veneer and jet black Ebony on the exterior. Will make for a very interested look from the sides and in the slots as they are ramped for the strings.

mikealpine 12-30-2016 08:18 AM

Dennis, this is going to be stunning!

Daveac 12-30-2016 10:31 AM

I really like the all wood theme, the inlay design looks amazing. Looking forward to following this one !!

pgilmor 12-30-2016 10:48 AM

This is going to look fantastic!! Love the idea of the laminated headstock plates!

JoeCharter 12-30-2016 10:57 AM

The back looks incredible -- and of course I approve the peghead and fretboard inlays... This is going to be a fantastic guitar! Congrats, Dennis!

Nemoman 12-30-2016 12:20 PM

Wow, Dennis--this is going to be spectacular.

Stunning woods with colorful inlays to boot--what's not to like?

Really looking forward to following along--congrats!

Orfeas 12-30-2016 06:14 PM

Me love LOVE the woods! Good choice. Looks amazing.

stuartb 12-31-2016 06:18 PM

Very sweet looking guitar. Loads of inlay. To die for wood. The sides look remarkable. Look forward to seeing it all together, and I hope that we get to hear a recording.



Coastman 12-31-2016 09:45 PM

Congratulations Dennis! What a great way to go into 2017! Looks like you are really going to have a very Happy New Year!
- Mike

Chedeng88 01-01-2017 06:58 PM

Wow so you finally took the plunge! Congrats Dennis!
What a way to start 2017 indeed. :)

That's one stunning piece of Madrose by the way!

cigarfan 01-03-2017 07:43 AM

Thanks guys and gals! I am very excited about this build. From those who own a Kinnaird I've heard nothing but good things. I had the opportunity to play TomB'sox SJ and had a hard time handing it back. Very much looking forward to having my own to play.

Carmel Cedar 01-10-2017 07:28 PM

Stunning inlay. Gorgeous wood. All the makings of a winner for a very deserving Dennis. :)

Thanks for sharing the journey with us!

Mbroady 01-10-2017 08:05 PM

Wow.....Spectacular looking wood combined with with amazing workmanship.
This is the thread to follow for the new year. Look forward to seeing the finished product.....

And perhaps one day hearing it in action.
Cigar fan, Congrats on a one of a kind commission

justonwo 01-10-2017 09:06 PM

That's going to be awesome! What is your cigar smoking policy around guitars and does the smoke enhance the tone??

cigarfan 01-11-2017 04:07 PM


Originally Posted by justonwo (Post 5188778)
That's going to be awesome! What is your cigar smoking policy around guitars and does the smoke enhance the tone??

Pretty sure my cigar smoking policy around guitars matches yours ... never should guitar playing and cigar smoking be done together. I have an old Yamaha that is the only guitar that has been in a bar with me. At 46 years old it sounds pretty good so I would have to say, no ill effects.

justonwo 01-11-2017 04:29 PM


Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 5189721)
Pretty sure my cigar smoking policy around guitars matches yours ... never should guitar playing and cigar smoking be done together. I have an old Yamaha that is the only guitar that has been in a bar with me. At 46 years old it sounds pretty good so I would have to say, no ill effects.

I figured. I didn't know just how devoted to cigars you were! Guitar is looking fantastic. I'm sure you are excited.

cigarfan 01-16-2017 08:12 AM

Purfling and Rosette
I have been thinking a lot lately about the top purfling and rosette on my OM. When Steve and I worked out the woods for the tree-of-life and torch inlays I was up on using something with some green in it and there are not many species out there that are naturally green. Lignum Vitae is one of them. I searched and found a choice piece and acquired it. But as we discussed the inlays, Steve made me aware that Lignum Vitae, without finish, will change color over time to a deep rust color so we decided not to use it for the inlays. But the more I think about the purfling and rosette, the more I think this Lignum Vitae may be just the ticket.

In the photos below I have marked the cross grain areas I think may be awesome as purfling. The wavy area, just above the knot in the first photo could make for an interesting cross grain rosette. Under finish there is far less chance of significant color change over time and even if it did the reds and browns would match our MadRose fairly well.

Just for fun I thought I would throw it out there for some AGF opinions. What do you think? In person, the Lignum Vitae is more green than it appears in these photos.

Treenewt 01-16-2017 09:00 AM

Dennis, that is spectacular! Wow! Can't wait to see how it ends up! And I don't think you can go wrong with either bit if wood foe the purfiling. It's a win-win!

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