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Nemoman 01-05-2021 09:57 AM

Congrats on your new Kraut--it is so totally beautiful.

Ray is a true master!

louis lasky 01-05-2021 11:22 AM

yow, that is a dream guitar.

Ukulele_Eddie 01-05-2021 12:03 PM

When I admire this guitar, the word that pops into my mind is, "elegant". Everything looks just perfect. Congrats on a real gem!

Look forward to hearing your sound sample when you settle on preferred strings.

Diamondave 01-05-2021 07:12 PM

Worth the wait, what an awesome way to start the New Year...!!! Congrats:D

Guitars44me 01-05-2021 10:51 PM

Spectacular, Beautiful, and yummy!

This is certainly a lovely instrument, and what a swell way to start 2021!!!

Enjoy it in fine health and spirits



Cocobolo Kid 01-06-2021 12:32 AM

Kraut 00
Valliant75, colins, cigarfan, Kenny B, Hanter, Nemoman, louis lasky, Ukulele Eddie, Diamondave, and Guitars44me, thanks for taking time to post such lovely comments. It means a lot to me. This guitar certainly is a great way for me to welcome the new year!

Colin, I tried to take close up shots of the bridge because Ray's pinless bridge design is one of the things that drew me to his guitars a decade ago. However, Ray oiled the bridge before giving me the guitar and it is still very dark. My photos make the bridge look black, which it is not. It is from the same piece of Brazilian rosewood as the fingerboard. Here are a couple of bridge photos that Ray took after he was finished carving, filing and sanding the bridge for this guitar.

The ball end of the strings sit inside the holes at the end of the bridge and are not visible when the guitar is strung, which is pretty cool. Ray also designed his pinless bridge to have exactly the same break angle as his pinned bridge. His pinless bridge is much more complicated and time consuming to make than than his pinned one. I prefer pinless bridges for aesthetic reasons mainly, and all of my acoustic guitars have them.

Thanks everyone for following along with this build thread. The build threads on AGF are a great source of enjoyment for me, and hopefully others have enjoyed this one.

El Conquistador 01-06-2021 11:31 AM

Wow John! I have been offline a couple of days and missed this. Congratulations! She's a beauty.


mischultz 01-08-2021 09:32 PM

If you were aiming for suck, you missed it by a wide margin.

Dustinfurlow 01-09-2021 12:55 AM

So great to see the finished photos of this beauty! I bet you are over the moon. Congrats and enjoy in good health, John

jt1 01-09-2021 03:33 PM

A stunningly beautiful guitar! Congratulations.

Cocobolo Kid 01-09-2021 09:03 PM

Kraut 00
Thanks Steve (El Conquistador), mischultz, Dustin and jt1 for the kind words.

I am enjoying this guitar even more than I imagined I would. It is a treat for all the senses!

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