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ukejon 01-13-2017 03:53 PM

Love that story, Mark.

Rob C 01-14-2017 03:26 PM

I really like the wood for this guitar. I will be watching closely. Thank you for posting this.

Mark Hatcher 01-15-2017 11:38 AM

Rosette
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Rob C (Post 5193502)
I really like the wood for this guitar. I will be watching closely. Thank you for posting this.

Thanks Rob,

I'm a big fan of the wood also. I like the variation of colors in this Padauk. This is why I kept going with the same Padauk when doing the first mock-up rosette:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5610/3...a4687119_c.jpg

We decided this worked but , wanted to go wider on that center cross grain. The thing is, normally with cross grain you can get away with just cracking the piece into place. That's easy with dark wood or woods with dark grain lines especially when it's a thin piece. The cracks just disappear. This is a medium light wood without dark grain lines so the piece needed to be bent into place without cracking. You can imagine how easily a cross grain stick cracks when bending but, with a lot of heat, moisture, and patience it can be done!;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5596/3...5556221f_c.jpg

Thanks for viewing!
Mark

Mark Hatcher 01-16-2017 03:06 PM

Trim
 
After a little back and forth we landed on the woods to use for the fret board and trim. The fret board will be Macassar Ebony and the binding will be African Blackwood. The idea was to not go with the jet black of black ebony but, still dark enough to show contrast. The dark grain in the Macassar is a perfect color match with the African Blackwood so we'll keep the figure alive up the fingerboard and will have the option to use Macassar for the bridge and maybe the back of the headstock:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5497/3...dd0e720c_c.jpg

Thanks for viewing!
Mark

Nemoman 01-16-2017 03:16 PM

Looks like a great choice for the fretboard and binding. Another great palette, Mark!

Mark Hatcher 01-17-2017 01:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Nemoman (Post 5196088)
Looks like a great choice for the fretboard and binding. Another great palette, Mark!


Thanks Nemoman!

Here is a picture of the back with the logo on place. As you can see we have a curly maple chip which could serve as a foreshadowing of things to come!:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/421/31...fd308675_c.jpg

More to come!
Mark

Mark Hatcher 01-18-2017 04:06 PM

Back Braces
 
Here is a picture of the back lattice braces going on:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/525/31...257bd968_b.jpg

After they are all glued up the back goes into a tapping mold and I shave them down until it taps to a target pitch.

j. Kinnaird 01-18-2017 04:46 PM

Very pretty work Mark. I sure would like to see your tapping mold. Been thinking about making one of those myself.

Mark Hatcher 01-18-2017 05:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by j. Kinnaird (Post 5198865)
Very pretty work Mark. I sure would like to see your tapping mold. Been thinking about making one of those myself.

What I use is ridiculously simple. Like most, my side molds are just layers of plywood or fiberboard. The top layer isn't glued it's just screwed on and I use that layer to pinch tops and bottoms in and presto, a tapping mold.

j. Kinnaird 01-18-2017 06:28 PM

Very clever. Thanks.

Mark Hatcher 01-19-2017 12:54 PM

Top
 
The top braces go on in several layers. This is the first:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/636/30...b1768698_c.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/733/31...4557138d_c.jpg

zeebow 01-19-2017 08:03 PM

wow! i'm officially dubbing you master hatcher (that should be the next build you do) - these are the most beautiful guitars i have ever seen...

macassar ebony fretboard is gorgeous holyyyyyy

justonwo 01-19-2017 08:28 PM

That back wood is delightful! Also, very cool work on the bridge plate. I love it!

Mark Hatcher 01-20-2017 05:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zeebow (Post 5200379)
wow! i'm officially dubbing you master hatcher (that should be the next build you do) - these are the most beautiful guitars i have ever seen...

macassar ebony fretboard is gorgeous holyyyyyy

Thanks zeebow! I like that Macassar Ebony too. I've loaded up on it for fret boards as it seems to be working it's way into a lot of my build lately.

Quote:

Originally Posted by justonwo (Post 5200403)
That back wood is delightful! Also, very cool work on the bridge plate. I love it!

Thanks justonwo! That back set really is special. Of course, I've got the sides to match. Here is one of those sides being bent:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/720/31...b1e9d295_c.jpg[/url]

ukejon 01-20-2017 06:21 AM

Fantastic. By the way, the photo above of the famed Hatcher lattice bracing reminds me of the image that in 2013 absolutely lured me into Mark's lair:

http://i66.tinypic.com/9atlsh.jpg

Beware, don't look at it too long. You may be enticed in as well!


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