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Mark Hatcher 01-26-2017 01:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 5208229)
Now that is cool! Awesome shot Mark.

Thanks cigarfan!

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Originally Posted by Nemoman (Post 5208200)
Cool shot, Mark!

This one is looking great--still loving that Padauk...

Thanks Nemoman,

Yesterday I recorded a couple sound clips of the new Piņa parlor guitar which has similar woods to this small jumbo I'm building. This parlor has the sister African Paduak back and side set and a maple neck. Volkert Volkersz was at my studio and was kind enough to help me out;





Mark

Glenn23 01-26-2017 01:56 PM

Very nice! That little guitar really excites the air.

Mark Hatcher 01-26-2017 04:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Glenn23 (Post 5208287)
Very nice! That little guitar really excites the air.

Thanks for commenting Glenn23. It's a lightly build guitar and has a sound port and active back helping out.

TomB'sox 01-26-2017 05:11 PM

Very nice demo Mark, the guitar sounds fantastic. Congrats on another great build! The small jumbo is looking mighty good too!

Mark Hatcher 01-27-2017 10:22 AM

Closing the box
 
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Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 5208548)
Very nice demo Mark, the guitar sounds fantastic. Congrats on another great build! The small jumbo is looking mighty good too!

Thanks Tom!

Here are a couple pictures of the body being closed up;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/373/32...c3d7302e_c.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/780/32...a0a7264d_c.jpg

Thanks for viewing!
Mark

Mark Hatcher 01-28-2017 01:04 PM

Trim
 
We're going with African Blackwood trim which starts on the end graft;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/498/31...3695f044_b.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/527/32...e9e1e1dc_b.jpg

Unfortunately, what you don't see in my photos is that this is not the stark black you would have with Black Ebony it's a bit lighter a little more brown than what the photo shows.

Mark Hatcher 01-29-2017 09:41 AM

Then comes the binding
 
Then comes the African Blackwood binding;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/676/31...abe80407_c.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/778/32...45f59e02_c.jpg

Thanks!
Mark

Steve Kinnaird 01-29-2017 09:44 PM

Very pretty, Mark, and the Padauk is to die for.
But hold on a minute--we didn't see the top bracing completed.
Got a pic of that?

Steve

ukejon 01-30-2017 12:40 AM

Pina sounds great...such a substantial and complex voice.

ross748 01-30-2017 03:05 AM

Very nicely done Mark!

Mark Hatcher 01-30-2017 09:04 AM

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Originally Posted by ross748 (Post 5212128)
Very nicely done Mark!

Thanks ross748!

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Originally Posted by ukejon (Post 5212109)
Pina sounds great...such a substantial and complex voice.

Thanks ukejon,

I've been experimented with a bracing pattern for the parlor sized guitar and have been happy with the results. I'm thinking I may move this up to the next larger Penelope model on my next spec guitar build.

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Originally Posted by Steve Kinnaird (Post 5212022)
Very pretty, Mark, and the Padauk is to die for.
But hold on a minute--we didn't see the top bracing completed.
Got a pic of that?

Steve

Thanks Steve!

I was fortunate to come across these two figured "bacon" Padauk sets. Padauk is generally a fine sounding tonewood but, the typically solid brick red Padauk is such a mess to work with as the sawdust is like powdered red dye! This "bacon" sawdust is a nice flesh tone so you don't see it so much.

I didn't catch a picture of the finished top bracing. I do have a pic of the second round of braces going on though:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/459/31...7d6d2342_c.jpg


Meanwhile, I've been getting the neck together. This is local Sugar Maple (Hard Maple) with a black bordered cross grained African Padauk center strip;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/760/32...8930fc6b_c.jpg

Thanks for commenting!
Mark

Mark Hatcher 01-31-2017 05:53 AM

Open Tuning on Sound Clips?
 
I have a question about preferences for sound clips. I invite a number of local artists to my studio to make demo sound clips. I ask them to play what they feel the guitar wants to play.

I do make some requests;
Keep it short (2:00 min or so)
Play across the strings and up and down the fretboard
Give an opportunity to show sustain



So here is my question; When you are listening to a sound clip do you feel open tuning interferes with your evaluation or is helpful?

Personally I think it's helpful. If a the low end sounds good in drop D you know E is covered. If E sounds good you don't know if D is good.
But I often play in open tuning. If I tended not to maybe open tuning would just makes it harder to get a feel for how the guitar sounds. Maybe I am totally missing something else? So I'd appreciate your take on this

Thanks,
Mark

cigarfan 01-31-2017 02:09 PM

I'm kinda mixed on this question. Because I play in standard tuning most of the time I like to hear the balance and intonation that way. But there is value to me to hear a guitar down a half step or alternate in DADGAD to know if there is any floppiness with less tension. Sorry that doesn't help your cause any.

Mark Hatcher 02-01-2017 03:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 5214004)
I'm kinda mixed on this question. Because I play in standard tuning most of the time I like to hear the balance and intonation that way. But there is value to me to hear a guitar down a half step or alternate in DADGAD to know if there is any floppiness with less tension. Sorry that doesn't help your cause any.


Thanks for your comment cigarfan. This helps. I typically do more than one clip and it makes sense then to not have them both be open tuning.

Mark

Mark Hatcher 02-02-2017 04:58 AM

Neck Assembly
 
Here is the neck coming together;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/562/31...ec02642e_c.jpg

We're going with a Padauk backstrap;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/350/32...ee67faa6_b.jpg

Thanks for viewing!
Mark


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