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Mr. Paul 08-03-2017 06:29 AM

This has been one of the more fascinating build threads I've seen. A great story so far. Right now is like starting the last chapter of a fabulous book where you kind of know what the ending will be but is still full of suspense. What a very special guitar.

Mr Fingers 08-03-2017 03:57 PM

Very generous sharing of information by all involved -- thank you! Wonderful design and build quality. While this instrument is way, way more decorated than anything I would pick -- just a matter of personal taste -- everything is executed beautifully. What I love, love, love has nothing to do with visuals -- it's the initial phrase "deep bodied OM." I just love guitars of this size with a bit more depth than the shallow Martins. This nails it. Also, that bridge is reminiscent of one of the most beautiful features of Guilds -- the bridge shape. On yours -- perfect. It's wonderful to see this collaboration, to see the attention toe every detail, and to see the quality of execution. If something is going to be fancy, it's really got to be made wonderfully, or it just looks glitzy rather than beautiful. Wow!

Steve Kinnaird 08-03-2017 05:02 PM

Frettingflyer, Steve, Godfather, and Misters Paul and Fingers, heart-felt thanks. You guys have made my day. It won't be long before Dennis can pick a few notes for us. We got the bridge on yesterday and the neck on today. Not. Long. Now.


cigarfan 08-03-2017 05:41 PM

Thanks guys for your comments and for following along this incredible journey. It has truly been a joy to work with Steve and Ryan on this guitar. I can say for sure there is a part of each of us in there. Kinda what makes it so special. Don't want to leave Larry out. He really made our fretboard and headstock come to life.

The guys sent me some new pics which I will post tomorrow evening. Work has been crazy but I promise ... some amazing pictures tomorrow.

jaymarsch 08-04-2017 08:42 AM

I'm late to this thread but this is a beautiful guitar. Love a deep body OM and the wood choices are great. Congrats!


Jackdaw9516 08-04-2017 08:52 AM

How much would a build like this cost?

Guitars44me 08-04-2017 08:56 AM

Just beautiful!
Lovely all around! And I agree with Mr. Fingers about the COOL bridge shape which I also LOVE.

I asked John K if he would do one for me, but he did not want to tread on toes...

Perhaps a bit of begging would yield permission next time?

Anyway a lovely LOVELY axe and going to a super nice guy! Enjoy!!!



cigarfan 08-04-2017 10:13 AM


Originally Posted by Jackdaw9516 (Post 5432813)
How much would a build like this cost?

PM Steve Kinnaird. I'm sure he would be happy to price one out for you.

cigarfan 08-04-2017 12:23 PM

Home stretch ...
You folks on the forum are the best. Such devout lovers of all things guitar. I appreciate your kinds words very much. It is always very nice to hear from you and it is an honor and a privilege to share this journey with you.

Here we are ... the home stretch! The guitar is back in the hands of the masters in Texas sporting an amazing sunburst thanks to Tony. Fantastic job! Now comes the finishing touches.

Some gorgeous silking in the Italian Spruce shining through the burst.

Steve describes a technique of placing a piece of paper under the fretboard extension when it is glued on. This aids in removing the fretboard if the guitar should need a neck reset in the future. I am tickled to see they have used a piece with Tom's Irish inlay on it. I will always have part of his guitar with me!

And here, with Alessi tuning machines installed, is my headstock sporting the amazing torch by Larry Robinson. As Steve has said, gazing at this always makes one smile!

And finally a couple shots of the neck being glued in place. The fretboard looks so nice! The theme has come together and really works! WooHoo!

And the bridge shape is one for the ages. Love it!

Next stop ... let's string this sweet thing up and hear her sing!

iim7V7IM7 08-04-2017 12:42 PM

Almost there Dennis...:up:

Neil K Walk 08-04-2017 01:02 PM

It was stunning in the white but under finish it's real eye candy! I can't wait to hear how it sounds.

Godfather 08-04-2017 02:29 PM

I have been looking at this set of photos over and over again. I cannot find the words to describe the unique beauty of this I will just keep staring at every intricate detail while drooling on my keyboard.

TomB'sox 08-05-2017 06:56 AM

Guitar brothers for life buddy! Love it. Kinda fitting since it was my Kinnaird SJ that got your guitar juices jonesing for your own Kinnaird. Too bad they had to cover that up in my opinion hahaha... could have just glued it on top of the fret board extension where it belongs!!!!

This guitar and the prototype Kinnaird OO model have really started to change my life long dismissal of the burst. These are both so nice, maybe there will be a burst in my future...

CAN NOT wait to hear this strung up and get your impressions. I for one have no doubt this will be a world class stunner....


doodahdoug 08-05-2017 07:48 AM

Just a stunning burst! All around Gorgeous guitar. Looking forward to seeing the final pics.

Steve Kinnaird 08-05-2017 07:49 AM

Thanks everyone for the kind comments. It is fun to walk into the shop and see this guitar reclining on the bench. Will be hard to let it go, Dennis!


cigarfan 08-05-2017 11:41 AM


Originally Posted by Steve Kinnaird (Post 5433971)
... It is fun to walk into the shop and see this guitar reclining on the bench. Will be hard to let it go, Dennis!

I know some things in life are difficult. But I know you will do what's right. I'm going to give it plenty of love for sure! :)

Diamondave 08-05-2017 11:51 AM

Such cool color schemes....!

Del Boy 08-05-2017 01:21 PM

What a beaut! I bet it sounds even better than it looks!

Stevien 08-05-2017 01:33 PM


Originally Posted by Del Boy (Post 5434256)
What a beaut! I bet it sounds even better than it looks!

..... I'm betting not until the strings are on though. Any takers?

markrj 08-06-2017 01:40 AM

Just read this entire thread.

What a stunning work of art!

Can't wait to hear it.

Mbroady 08-06-2017 03:21 AM


Originally Posted by Steve Kinnaird (Post 5433971)
Will be hard to let it go, Dennis!


Ha, Don't even joke. You are joking, right :)

It must be hard to let go of such a fine piece of work, one you put your hart and soul into. And you have to do it with every build.

Steve Kinnaird 08-06-2017 05:52 AM

Thank you all for the very kind words!


Originally Posted by Mbroady (Post 5434798)
Ha, Don't even joke. You are joking, right :)
It must be hard to let go of such a fine piece of work, one you put your hart and soul into. And you have to do it with every build.

And yes, my remark was a wee joke for Dennis to let him know how I thought of his guitar. But all humor has an element of truth in it. Of late, our clients have been "outside the box" thinkers/designers, and this has pushed us into areas undreamed of. The collaboration becomes super rewarding as things begin to take shape that would never have crossed our minds. This does produce a twinge of regret when they get shipped off, but they are built to please, so off to their task!


invguy921 08-06-2017 06:33 AM

Dennis, oh my goodness :eek:. This guitar is TRULY a work of art. Kudos BIGTIME to Steve and Ryan for pulling this off in such elegant style. I can't find anything I would have done differently, and in fact I continue to be amazed at how all of the elements come together...this looks like a lifetime of "beautiful guitar notes" assembled into one gorgeous and complete instrument.

I only have one question...are you REALLY going to play that guitar :roll:??

Nemoman 08-07-2017 09:07 AM

Not much to add that has not already been said.

This has been an epic thread showing the art and love that goes into producing an epic guitar!

Couldn't be happier for you, Dennis, and really look forward to seeing it in your hands!

Kudos to all involved...

Guitars44me 08-07-2017 10:29 AM

Mike's question?
Hey Mike. If Dennis dose not play the daylights out of this I will be VERY SURPRISED INDEED

Dennis, enjoy it in Good health! Have a ton of fun...

Steve and Ryan, major Kudos!

A fine Monday to all



nacluth 08-07-2017 01:48 PM

It may be too much for one man to handle...

cigarfan 08-07-2017 02:00 PM

Oh how sweet it is! The day we have been looking towards. Yay!

DenverSteve 08-07-2017 02:15 PM

Any day now......... it's gonna happen.

cigarfan 08-12-2017 04:31 AM

Tone, tone, tone ....
Steve and Ryan were gracious enough to make some audio clips of my new OM. Tone is Kinnaird thru and thru. Lush and balanced.

Coming my way next week. Kinnairdly wait!

Neil K Walk 08-12-2017 04:57 AM

Very nice, Dennis. I listened to the clips first thing in the morning and could practically feel what it would be like to play. It certainly has a good bit of resonance already in its young life as a guitar. They say a new guitar's voice changes drastically in the first few hours of play. I could tell it's been played a lot lately and has already opened up some! I can also tell however that those mids are going to get even warmer with more bloom over time, giving that guitar as much warmth to its tone as the color palette gives to its looks. I'm excited for you! I can't wait to hear it a recording of it several months down the road in your own hands!

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