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tadol 04-08-2017 10:18 PM

OK - MAYBE, just maybe, that guitar is as nice, perhaps a tiny bit nicer, than the one I got from you last year - I hope I get to hear it!!

jmat 04-09-2017 07:23 AM


Originally Posted by Bruce Sexauer (Post 5298271)
Something about my cutaway seems to have broad appeal:
I don't mean to be obtuse, but it's not quite an acute miter, so that can't be it.


So Bruce, as this guitar ages will the cutaway gracefully tend toward Venetian?

Bruce Sexauer 04-09-2017 10:06 AM


Originally Posted by jmat (Post 5298746)

So Bruce, as this guitar ages will the cutaway gracefully tend toward Venetian?

Probably not, and I stress that it is all natural. ;)

Bruce Sexauer 04-10-2017 07:12 PM

Today I move on to the neck for this 000. The body is bound and finessed to 180 grit.

I struggle to get the graft to line up with the back strip. The goal is to get the maple purflings to appear to run into each other, and this one came out as well as any.

Bruce Sexauer 04-11-2017 03:41 PM

This 000 is 12 frets to the body, as are all 000s in my nomenclature, though I have erroneously called guitars 000-Kerala on occasion when I make a 000-like 13 fretter. This one will feature my asymmetrical slothead design, which I consider one of my tastiest options. I definitely feel like a sculptor while I'm carving it!

The chosen neck wood is as close to possible truly quartersawn as it joins the fingerboard. I don't think this is all that important as long as the mahogany is clear, dry, and grain aligned, but this is a pretty high end guitar and it is a nice traditional touch.

Although I could bandsaw the required horizontal bevel angle to create the MultiScale face pretty close to correct, I usually just cut it as for a symmetrical head and then plane off the head face until I hit the diagonal line on the FB surface. I enjoy it and it only takes a couple of minutes if I don't have to sharpen the plane . . . as I did have to today: that adds another two minutes.

Bruce Sexauer 04-15-2017 12:01 PM

Here are a few pics of the 000 neck as it developed.

While carving the neck I left the body in a fixture near the window that left a UV shadow on the back. This is just one day!

nacluth 04-15-2017 12:23 PM

Very nice looking back! That UV shadow is impressive. It's always amazing how wood that normally wouldn't see the light of day can have such a dramatic change in sunlight.

I know this is a random picture, but the Catalpas are in bloom in East Texas which made me think about your guitars.

Bruce Sexauer 04-15-2017 02:51 PM

I have never noticed Catalpa growing here in Petaluma, but it probably does as I do know where some are 30 miles to the south, that being where I got the Catalpa which I first built with.

I have spent much of the last two days carving the headstock on the P -000. I flung myself off a creative cliff and have been working to balance the thing ever since. I am at lunch at the moment, but when I get back to work I will take a picture of how I changed it from the pictures here, which I took a couple of hours ago.

Nemoman 04-15-2017 02:54 PM

The headstock looks great, Bruce! Curious as to how you changed it...

Bruce Sexauer 04-15-2017 05:24 PM

I changed the bass side slot at the bottom to reverse the angle of the treble side. I raised the top of the treble side slot about 4 mm. I have mixed emotions about the balance achieved, but this one will work well enough, and if I do it again I have ideas about getting it closer. Many artists paint the same painting again and again till they hit the goal. Actually, with the tuners installed it looks a lot better as they were a well considered part of the design equation.

Bruce Sexauer 04-15-2017 05:25 PM

Also sealed:

David Wren 04-15-2017 06:08 PM

That headstock is definitely cool ... love it!

cigarfan 04-16-2017 05:13 AM

I really like the headstock as well. Cool design.

tadol 04-24-2017 09:51 PM

When a Sexauer thread gets down to the bottom of the second page without some new pics, I start worrying!

Maybe its just a broken camera? C'mon Bruce - you gotta be working on something cool - ;-)

Rico59 04-25-2017 06:34 AM


Originally Posted by tadol (Post 5317789)
When a Sexauer thread gets down to the bottom of the second page without some new pics, I start worrying!

Maybe its just a broken camera? C'mon Bruce - you gotta be working on something cool - ;-)

What he said...:lol:

Sam VanLaningham 04-25-2017 12:23 PM

I too have been awaiting further inspiration :).


Bruce Sexauer 04-25-2017 07:22 PM

Well then, uhuh, oh yeah . . . Thanks folks.

I have been doing finish, as you should know if you have read all couple of hundred pages of this 3 or 4 year sequence of posts, It doesn't look too different from the first day to the last. Today was the last day for the Pernambuco 000, and it is also the day on which I glued the neck to the body on the Dream Series JB-15, but more excitingly perhaps, today I joined the plates for the "tree" tenor Ukulele mention a couple of months ago.

Here is the top in it's sanded but raw form, followed by the top with some turpentine rubbed on it making it resemble the color it will be when done.

I should be able to show you the Dream Guitar tomorrow.

printer2 04-25-2017 07:33 PM

Well that sure pops it.

tadol 04-25-2017 10:12 PM

Nice bookmatching of that figure!

Bruce Sexauer 04-26-2017 10:25 AM

The top and the back of this Uke will be made from 4 consecutive slices which is what we call "flitch matched". The sides and the neck will be made from immediately adjacent pieces of the same board.

Bruce Sexauer 04-27-2017 05:12 PM

I made a rosette for the TreeUke and glued it in:

This kind of over the top bling usually looks good on this scale, IMO.

Bruce Sexauer 04-27-2017 06:52 PM

Cleaned up the rosette a bit:

Also, though I am slow in progressing, the neck IS on the Dream series and strings will follow shortly:

cigarfan 04-28-2017 12:11 PM

Rosette goes very well with "The Tree".

The "Dream" is looking good too!

Bruce Sexauer 04-28-2017 08:11 PM

Scalloped fan bracing, at least under the bridge:

Also, I have started the neck, which is at the top of the pic.

kirkham13 04-30-2017 07:38 PM

Fantastic uke!
Just back from the big island and it's better than anything I saw- obviously. Even in the ritzy queens marketplace uke shop.

printer2 04-30-2017 09:31 PM

I see Bruce has been holding out on us.


Bruce Sexauer 05-01-2017 09:37 AM

Public displays I expect to make this year include:

Next Sunday, May 7, I will co-host an NCAL meeting with Erivin Somogyi in his shop. for more info.

Father's Day weekend will once again find me at the California Bluegrass Associations festival in Grass Valley Ca. This is unquestionably the best such event in the west, and our "Luthier's Pavillion" will have about 20 pro builders showing their stuff for the price of a day ticket. I will bring my dreads, of course, as well as basses and fiddles.

When I get home from GVBF I will have one day to unload my trailer and pack for an 1100 mile drive the Vancouver for Meridith Caloma's Vancouver International Guitar Festival. I lived and built in Vancouver for the first ten years of my career, and look forward to seeing some of my early work and many old friends. Although the event may be underattended as so many first shows are, I expect to have a great time.

The end of August will find me at the Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration. I will have a full plate there as I will be giving away one of my guitars to one of the show attendees, and that could be you! Personally, I loved last years SBAIC, and I expect the 2017 rendition to exceed 2016 from every perspective.

Finally, at this point, Baker Rorick's WILS has me spending most of a week in Woodstock NY toward the end of October.

I will have more to say about each event as it approaches, and after the dust settles.

Bruce Sexauer 05-01-2017 05:12 PM

Here are five images of the Uke's Bird's Beak (Bridal) joint attaching the head to the neck. These are shot yesterday, after I carved the joinery, but before I glued it together.

At the moment I am clamping on the headstock verniers, and soon I will have pictures of that progress.

Bruce Sexauer 05-02-2017 12:18 PM

While this is most certainly NOT a guitar, the process is much the same. It goes by relatively quickly and is therefore easier to remember to keep the camera handy. The darker pictures are truer color-wise, the lighter ones are tweaked to make them easier to understand.

Bruce Sexauer 05-04-2017 08:59 PM

Here's a video about my SBAIC/'17 giveaway guitar, made by Peghead Nation.

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