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cigarfan 01-17-2021 07:57 AM


Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 6606170)
We are all so OCD haha. I thought it looked like the carbon fiber rod insertion point into the side support block looks lower than before forming less of an angle? By lower of course, I mean closer to the top which I guess technically would be higher. I am sure that confused no one!

Count me lost on this one! :eek:

WilbornGuitars 01-20-2021 12:32 PM


Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 6606170)
I thought it looked like the carbon fiber rod insertion point into the side support block looks lower than before forming less of an angle? By lower of course, I mean closer to the top which I guess technically would be higher. I am sure that confused no one!

Tom, you are right. You must be employing your surgeon's eye, because that is a subtle thing to notice. I have changed that angle simply because I need to get my hand in there for various things, and, also, I don't want to be cursed at by tomorrow's repairmen. Although the greater angle of the rod (more towards the back) gives a greater mechanical advantage against the torque of the neck, I think the shallower angle is still more than adequate, and allows you access to the interior.

Ukulele_Eddie 01-21-2021 08:05 PM

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Well, well, well. We have a box. Ain't she perdy? I'm a sucker for cross-silking and its why I chose this particular T14 top.

TomB'sox 01-21-2021 09:01 PM

Sometimes the wood is so beautiful, I have no words to describe it and that Ziricote is one of those times. Holy stinking cow!!!!

WilbornGuitars 01-21-2021 09:15 PM

I need to color balance my photos, I guess. That redwood looks very brown in photo two, but it is more accurately shown in photo three.

Guitars44me 01-21-2021 09:49 PM


Originally Posted by WilbornGuitars (Post 6601292)
Well, I tried to come up with the right name to honor you. The Bowilus, The Soxilus, The Tomulus. The Naughtysox. They just didn't have the right ring. Sorry, pal.

Naughtysox has a nice ring to me... hahahahahaha

That cross silking on the tunnel 14 top is out of sight!!! That's RIGHT

This will be a 👀 LOOKER 👀

And no doubt sing like angels


cigarfan 01-22-2021 04:05 AM

Wowsers, both top and back are out of this world beautiful! Doggone it Eddie, you are making me think about a Ziricote build!

Nemoman 01-22-2021 09:46 AM

Absolutely beautimus!

jt1 01-22-2021 02:27 PM

Stunningly beautiful craft as always, Mr. Wilborn.

Thank you, Uke Eddie, for letting us vicariously experience your journey.

Ukulele_Eddie 02-11-2021 03:28 PM

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Ben has begun the polishing phase. It's like when you can smell the cookies but they aren't yet done. You keep looking through the little oven window, "Please, hurry the hell up. That waiting is pure agony."

mikealpine 02-11-2021 05:38 PM

Thatís gorgeous!!

BlackKeys36 02-12-2021 09:11 AM

Looking awesome, Eddie! Can't wait for the video of yours!

Nemoman 02-12-2021 10:11 AM

Shazam, Eddie--this is really looking fantastic!

You must be overjoyed--won't be too long now!

Ukulele_Eddie 02-15-2021 01:00 PM

A Little Bump in the Road
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Well, a bit of an update here. Ben was polishing that gorgeous ziricote back to a glorious luster, whistling while he admired the beauty of this fine specimen of a guitar. And then he saw it. No, not his handsome reflection. Well, yes, he saw that, too. What was "it"? Well, I guess it was more of a "them" than an "it." Small disturbances in the reflection of the overhead light. It meant only one thing: fault lines under the lacquer, destined to be cracks some day when they grow up.

Double. Rat. Farts.

Ben called and left a message of distress and also followed up by email to update me on this unfortunate event. I know that wood is organic. It can happen. And some woods are more crack-prone than others. I know luthiers who won't build with ziricote as they call it Mexican Crackwood. Too risky.

He offered a couple of options. Cleating them would likely solve this once and for all. But neither of us liked that option for obvious reasons. A repair out of the gate on such a fine guitar just seems, well, not right. Ben didn't want this but knew how much I loved that back. I could tell Ben didn't feel good about this option and I certainly didn't.

So we decided the best path forward would be to replace the back. From his current stock, we quickly narrowed the section to two fine looking backs that would match color-wise, Z8 and Z162. Both are incredibly lovely, but, sadly, neither has pronounced sapwood, which I had my heart set on. He even checked what was available from his trusted suppliers. Nothing close. Broader internet search. Nada.

Ironically, the next day the fault lines were not invisible. That's right. Not visible. At all. Ben believes they may have shown themselves because of the heat of the buffing wheel. But he knows they are there. And if the guitar was shipped like this it would drive him mad like the beating heart in Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart.

So, we discussed reserving either Z8 or Z162 and then keeping an eye on the market for a set more similar to the current back. I have no problem waiting, even a year or more, if it might yield a back more like the current one. This is a dream guitar for me, so why rush it? Besides, maybe in a year I'll be able to play something musical. And Ben had no problem waiting, either. He wants every one of his customers to be ecstatic.

While some luthiers would have been happy to put aside the box and move on to something else, it gnawed at Ben. He dialed up the secret Top Tier Luthier "Bat Light" and sent out a distress signal. Would anyone respond?

Voila! A set that looks like a possible excellent match was found. It's the horizontal pic (not sure why it shows that way). Better yet, it's not all that far from him and has been in this luthier's climate-controlled stash for more than 10 years. Ben will take the current guitar box with him and compare in person to see if we have our donor back. If we do, fantabulous.

If we don't, I don't mind waiting though I worry Ben will go absolutely mad searching the ends of the globe for just the right piece. The story might end with the good news that I finally got my dream Ziricote Arum. The bad news would be it was the last guitar Ben would complete. Driven entirely mad by the epic journey, he would eventually live a sad life in the shadows of Mordor, hanging with Gollum, muttering about "My Precious".

Story to be continued... ;-)

TomB'sox 02-15-2021 01:06 PM

I am sorry to hear about this, for both of you. Is the piece pictured on the bottom right the potential replacement back?

It does look like 162 has some sapwood or is that just lighter colored?

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