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jcjenkins3 12-22-2021 08:56 PM

Happy to be Part of the AGF
 
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Lame Horse is very excited to formally join the AGF as a sponsor. We have met so many great people over the years who are AGF members. That was reinforced even more back on Labor Day at the BIG Festival in New Braunfels, TX at Tom Bowersox homestead, when so many guitar lovers from all over the world came together for the first real guitar show in almost 2 years. It was truly a wonderful experience, and made us want to be a part of this group even more. So here we are with a build we are working on for Cedar Rock Studio in Indiana. It is our first for them, although they have sold one of our Saddle Pals for a client of ours in the past. We have moved slowly so far, but are picking up speed. Feel free to ask questions and make comments, please. And please be patient, we are still in the process of figuring out how to do this. We may ask for your tips and help.

Every great guitar starts with with a great top. This top is a wonderful Engelmann spruce top we got from Allied Lutherie on a trip there back in August. They have an amazing amount of great wood. The triple laminated sides are bocote. We gilded them with gold leaf, then overlaid black horses carved from a single piece of phenolic.

TomB'sox 12-22-2021 09:00 PM

Let me be the first to welcome you to the AGF. Wonderful that you are here and it was fantastic to host you at B.I.G. last Sept. Guitars with a touch of flare for sure and a wonderful sound to boot!

jcjenkins3 12-22-2021 09:13 PM

Thank You
 
Tom, Thank you for the welcome, and thank you for having us at BIG. It was a wonderful time. You have set the bar pretty high for guitar shows. It is a new, unique, and wonderful approach.

Steve Kinnaird 12-22-2021 09:30 PM

Hey Chris, welcome, mate! That Bocote is really attractive.

To all and sundry, Chris and Jeremy’s work is as cool on the inside as it is on the outside, and this pictured instrument is just a small sampling of their creativity. It will be fun to follow along!

Steve

jcjenkins3 12-22-2021 09:50 PM

Thank You
 
Thank You, Steve. I don't know why we didn't do this a long time ago with so many friends like you on here. We are looking forward to it.

Guitars44me 12-22-2021 11:48 PM

Welcome!
 
Welcome and glad to have you here! Looking forward to ogling more of your NICE instruments.

Cheers

Paul

Carpinteria 12-23-2021 06:59 AM

Julie and I really enjoyed meeting you both at BIG, and thought your guitars were pretty wonderful, too! Looking forward to seeing this one, and others, develop. Very cool inside work! Dave

Tim McKnight 12-23-2021 07:12 AM

Hey Chris, Welcome to the ever growing list of AGF Sponsors. Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful artistic work showcased here. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

doodahdoug 12-23-2021 07:17 AM

Lame Horse Guitars
 
Chris, welcome and thank you for becoming an AGF Sponsor. It will be great to see the beautiful work you and Jeremey do showcased on the forum.

This guitar looks to be a splendid introduction to those who may not be familiar with Lame Horse Guitars and chance for everyone to see and learn more about your building process and philosophy. Looking forward to following along with this build.

iim7V7IM7 12-23-2021 12:27 PM

Welcome Chris (and Jeremy). I look forward to looking over your shoulder at your bench…:up:

jcjenkins3 12-23-2021 11:37 PM

Thanks to all
 
Thank you to all of you for the welcome. I hope we can add something worthwhile to the Forum. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

cigarfan 12-24-2021 06:44 AM

A grand welcome Chris and Jeremy! Very nice to see you here. Happy Holidays to you and yours! :guitar:

jcjenkins3 12-29-2021 12:14 PM

Moving Slowly Through Holidays and Covid
 
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We are moving along slowly with Holiday celebrations and now Jeremy confirmed with Covid. However, some progress has been made. The neck must be located on the rim so that the exact location of the bridge, and more specifically, bridge pins may be determined. This is essential in determining the location for gluing down the falcate braces. Also, cutting and placing turquoise purfling in the fingerboard took a while. We will proceed with assembling the neck now that the fingerboard is finished. A photo of the end of the fingerboard and the purfling is attached.

Dustinfurlow 12-31-2021 09:30 AM

Was definitely a highlight hearing Tony demo that build at B.I.G, that tone filled the room!

All the best and a happy new year to you and yours.

jcjenkins3 01-01-2022 12:36 PM

Thank you
 
Thank you, Dustin. That means a lot coming from one with your talent.

jcjenkins3 01-01-2022 12:48 PM

New Headstock Design
 
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We have "Americanized", although some might say stolen, a new headstock design from our wonderful Italian cohorts, Simone and Andrea. We jokingly call them our Italian division. They collaborate with us on many things, including researching tone wood science (please look at their Abies Project), and guitar building. Last year they built a wonderful guitar for another of our Italian friends, Carlo Conti, using the Big Hoss body shape. It was a mutual experiment to see how falcate bracing worked in a Big Hoss. I must say it was quite successful. The guitar sounds wonderful in the hands of a great player like Carlo. In the process, they developed a new headstock design that made a lot of sense to us with respect to where the wood was relieved for the strings to pass from the nut to the slot head tuners. We altered it a little bit. This is our version in the rough - not sanded, fingerboard not sanded, and only placed on to show its final position, also no truss rod cover. The truss rod cover will be set into the head plate and held in place with magnets.

TomB'sox 01-01-2022 06:23 PM

Love it, nice addition.

Ernesto 01-02-2022 04:00 PM

Hey Chris, I hope you are doing well! I just saw this build thread (I'm not joining the AGF as often as I used to, and should, nowadays - little kids and a new job ;)). This one looks great. I've always admired your unique design elements, and the new headstock fits in nicely.

I absolutely love my Saddle Pal in Cedar and Koa - best guitar I've ever owned. A friend of mine, a great guitar player and singer-songwriter from Sweden, Fredrik Kinbom, visited me a few days ago and was very impressed when he played it. His recent collaboration with German composer Hans-Jörn Brandenburg is worth checking out: https://www.musicradar.com/news/fred...p-steel-guitar. He called me up the next day to know more about the guitar.

It is interesting that you are using falcate braces now. Are you planning to remplace the X brace in the future, or will this be a second option?

Anyway, greetings to all, and Happy New Year!!!

jcjenkins3 01-03-2022 01:09 PM

Happy New Year Felix!
 
It is great to hear from you Felix. I can't help but smile whenI think of your Saddle Pal. Love that guitar, in every way. This is the first falcate braced guitar. You might call it an experiment. We have been so happy with our X braced guitars, I find myself wondering at times why the experiment. One just never knows. Undoubtedly it will sound differently. Better? Worse? Who knows, but different. It will probably be an option if the experiment comes out as we hope it will. Some will prefer the X brace sound, some the falcate. The falcate bracing may be capable of different things, we will see. Don't be a stranger. Are you backing Germany? I will be coming to Italy in March present an adjustable playing action seminar.

jcjenkins3 01-03-2022 01:16 PM

Happy New Year Felix!
 
It is great to hear from you Felix. I can't help but smile whenI think of your Saddle Pal. Love that guitar, in every way. This is the first falcate braced guitar. You might call it an experiment. We have been so happy with our X braced guitars, I find myself wondering at times why the experiment. One just never knows. Undoubtedly it will sound differently. Better? Worse? Who knows, but different. It will probably be an option if the experiment comes out as we hope it will. Some will prefer the X brace sound, some the falcate. The falcate bracing may be capable of different things, we will see. Don't be a stranger. Are you backing Germany? I will be coming to Italy in March present an adjustable playing action seminar.

gstring 01-03-2022 03:22 PM

Welcome
 
"And please be patient, we are still in the process of figuring out how to do this. We may ask for your tips and help"

I am not an expert on guitar building, but from what I can see of your work I am not sure this statement is true " lol lol lol

daniel

jcjenkins3 01-03-2022 10:29 PM

Clarification
 
G String,
I don't claim to be an expert on anything. However, I am of the age where that won't hold me back. When I was in veterinary school, a professor once told me,"You must be over 65 years old, and at least 500 miles from home to be considered an expert." Anyway, while I learn everyday, I have been at the guitar building a long time. I was referring to how to get content on the AGF in my post! Ha. ha.

Aspiring 01-03-2022 10:44 PM

Welcome on board. I really enjoyed seeing and trying your instruments at B.I.G. this year!

Ernesto 01-04-2022 03:08 PM

What you say about falcate and x-bracing sounds interesting, Chris. Maybe it will be possible one day to directly compare two guitars with the same body dimensions and similar woods, one with falcate, the other with x-bracing. I don't think this has ever been done before. I'm looking forward to hearing your descriptions of how this one sounds once it's finished.

Yes, I'm back in Germany. Not too far from Italy -interesting project, the adjustable neck seminar- at least for someone coming from Texas, or Chile ;)

jcjenkins3 01-16-2022 11:03 AM

Top Braced!
 
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It took us a while, but the top's falcate bracing is all applied. we took our time because we wanted to be very careful with the voicing. Voicing this type of bracing is very different from X bracing. Shellac has been applied to seal the inside of top. The bridge plate is Brazilian rosewood. The braces are three pieces of Engelmann Spruce laminated together. We have found that, like the top, it is equally important to carefully evaluate the density and Young's modulus of the brace wood.

Steve Kinnaird 01-16-2022 09:40 PM

Hey Chris, will you be bringing a falcate-braced guitar to one of the LINT meetings? I would welcome the chance to hear how it works for you.
Your work here looks elegant!

Steve

jcjenkins3 01-17-2022 07:43 AM

Steve, I am anxious to hear it myself. I feel the sound will be different than if this same top were X braced, based on the early voicing process. It is very stiff longitudinally, not so much cross grain.

nootis 01-17-2022 08:33 PM

Hi Chris and Jeremy! I hadn't noticed this thread, until now. It's great you are showing us a peek under the hood of your workshop. Welcome! I'm looking forward to seeing what else you come up with.

jcjenkins3 01-17-2022 11:17 PM

Dan,
I'm glad you found it. After BIG, we felt we wanted to join the Forum. So many great folks here, like yourself. How are you getting along with your Gitjo?

Carpinteria 01-18-2022 06:52 AM

The falcate bracing looks really interesting. It’s a great idea to note the top thicknesses as you have. The photo is now almost a blueprint for future reference. I assume that it will have a pinless bridge? Thanks for sharing the process. Dave


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