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Mark Hatcher 01-30-2021 04:12 PM

Penelope Cross Over start
 
I have a new start on a Penelope nylon cross over:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...10f1c5a0_c.jpg

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It will be Western Red Cedar on two toned water falls figured Bubinga.
I have been filling out my WRC supply with more color and figure choices so we need to make a choice on which top:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...eff8bc69_c.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...d5086c9d_c.jpg

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We went with the natural sunburst top. One reason this top was chosen was how well its color matched up the the figured two toned Bubinga sides:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...93a081d7_c.jpg

This guitar will have the elevated fretboard and the lyre stye headstock I use with the Knilling planetary geared tuning pegs. This will also be the first Florentine cut away Penelope that I have made in the eighteen years I've been making this model.

I think this will be fun build to watch because there will be more surprises along the way!

And we're off!

warfrat73 01-30-2021 10:14 PM

That is a stunning piece of Bubinga. That's going to be one good looking guitar.

cigarfan 01-31-2021 05:26 AM

Schweet! The Bubinga shimmers. Wow! I'll be watching for those surprises.

BrianM99 01-31-2021 05:41 AM

Choice looking woods there. Lovely!

Mark Hatcher 01-31-2021 09:08 AM

Here are the dimensions of my Penelope model:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...ce3f0dd0_b.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by warfrat73 (Post 6620402)
That is a stunning piece of Bubinga. That's going to be one good looking guitar.

Thanks warfrat73. There's a lot going on in the figure of this set!

Quote:

Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 6620504)
Schweet! The Bubinga shimmers. Wow! I'll be watching for those surprises.

Thanks for following cigarfan.

Quote:

Originally Posted by BrianM99 (Post 6620511)
Choice looking woods there. Lovely!

Thanks BrianM99!

TomB'sox 01-31-2021 09:29 AM

Those were some amazing looking tops, could not make a wrong choice with those.

Mark Hatcher 01-31-2021 04:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 6620660)
Those were some amazing looking tops, could not make a wrong choice with those.

It would be tough to tell the apart blindfolded. They weigh and sound very close to each other. It would be a fun experiment to see if they were rated differently blindfolded verse in sight.

Guitars44me 01-31-2021 08:40 PM

Holy Smokes!!!
 
What a SET OF WOODS!!! Super beautiful

Have FUN with this

We will enjoy vicariously...

Salud

Paul

Mark Hatcher 02-01-2021 07:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Guitars44me (Post 6621406)
What a SET OF WOODS!!! Super beautiful

Have FUN with this

We will enjoy vicariously...

Salud

Paul

Glad to have you along Paul!

Here I am laying out on the cedar halves where the top will be cut after it is prepped and glued:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...947f8fe6_c.jpg

In this next picture I am setting up to plane the two halves and lay up the top. You can see in front the tops are on a shooting board which levels and squares the plane. A planed surface glues better than a sanded or scraped surface so the plane cut needs to be perfect.

Back on the workbench you can see three bar clamps and various other clamps I'll use when I glue the top. Planing the wood for joining and gluing it is not two steps, it is one step. The faster the wood is glued after being prepped the better the glue joint will be. Fifteen minutes is an unacceptable amount of time to wait before gluing, especially WRC, so everything is ready upfront:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...d84ba4ac_b.jpg

Here it is step complete:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...d025fbe4_b.jpg

Thanks for viewing!
Mark

Mark Hatcher 02-02-2021 03:36 PM

The Fretboard
 
Here is a picture of the fretboard:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...0ee091e6_c.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...f546c185_k.jpg

The inlay work is by Larry Robinson. This kicks things up a bit, ya think?

TomB'sox 02-02-2021 04:56 PM

Wow, amazing fret board work by Mr. Robinson!!!!

Nemoman 02-02-2021 05:21 PM

Stunning fretboard!

SJ VanSandt 02-02-2021 06:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 6623258)
Here is a picture of the fretboard:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...0ee091e6_c.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...f546c185_k.jpg

The inlay work is by Larry Robinson. This kicks things up a bit, ya think?

I'll say! That's one of my favorite pieces I've seen posted on Larry's FB page. I should have known it was for you - it fits your aesthetic to a T (IMHO, of course).

Lonzo 02-03-2021 06:00 AM

That is absolutely lovely and beautiful... I think I‘d be afraid to scratch it and wouldn‘t dare playing it... sure a piece of art within another one.

Mark Hatcher 02-03-2021 10:37 AM

How is this all going to go?
 
Thanks for commenting everyone!

I had to do some thinking to figure out how to make the colors in this:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...0ee091e6_c.jpg

Go with the colors in this:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...50be57b6_c.jpg

After some consideration what stood out to me was the green stem that runs through out the fretboard inlay. That's a color that would easily carry over.
So my thought was to put Lignum Vitae wood in the rosette which is the same color as that stem.

An easy second thought was to go with black Ebony binding on both the fretboard, guitar body and headstock.

The final idea was to add abalone purfling to the fretboard and carry it into everything else,

Here was my mock-up:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...9a48b7d0_c.jpg

After all parties agreed next step is to make the rosette. I used a center ring of Lignum Vitae wood which came from this board:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...44f3302e_c.jpg

Now the funny thing about Lignum Vitae is this is the color of that board freshly cut:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...2e91d81c_c.jpg

It's UV light that brings out the green. Normally I'd put it outside but not in this weather. Fortunately, enough UV makes it through a window to slowly green things up.

So here is the top with rosette in but she's not quite ready for her close-up:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...25f6325e_c.jpg

Thanks for following along!
Mark


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