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Nemoman 04-28-2017 10:37 AM

They look beautiful, Mark!

Definitely a great finishing touch to complete the whole look...

cigarfan 04-28-2017 12:28 PM

I love your tuner buttons. Feel like they were meant to be.

Mark Hatcher 04-28-2017 04:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nemoman (Post 5321995)
They look beautiful, Mark!

Definitely a great finishing touch to complete the whole look...

Thanks Nemoman!

Quote:

Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 5322161)
I love your tuner buttons. Feel like they were meant to be.

Thanks cigarfan!

Here is what else I do when I make tuner buttons. I draw a circle on the wood blank, I cut the profile, rough them out on a sanding drum, clean them up with sandpaper, then buff them out. It would be a lot faster to use jigs but, then they would all be the same (partly why I try to avoid jigs whenever possible) They all have subtle differences. When mounting them I usually sort them out from thickest to thinnest and they go on that way from low E to high E. The big strings tend to have bigger buttons etc.
Eventually, as you become familiar with your guitar you'll likely become unconsciously aware of which string you're about to tune without needing to look. Of the hundreds of tuner buttons I've made and mounted no one has ever said "hey, these buttons don't match!" :)

runamuck 04-28-2017 06:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5322394)
They all have subtle differences. When mounting them I usually sort them out from thickest to thinnest and they go on that way from low E to high E. The big strings tend to have bigger buttons etc.
Eventually, as you become familiar with your guitar you'll likely become unconsciously aware of which string you're about to tune without needing to look. Of the hundreds of tuner buttons I've made and mounted no one has ever said "hey, these buttons don't match!" :)

I love that!

Jim

The Bard Rocks 04-28-2017 08:17 PM

tuners
 
Now, everybody is going to scroll back up to see why they didn't notice that.

Mark Hatcher 05-02-2017 12:39 PM

Final set up
 
I did the final set up on Roland's (The Bard Rocks) guitar this morning;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4160/3...a6ab7bec_c.jpg

As you can see the Sitka top has some crazy bear claw figure and a lot of red in it which goes quite well with the coloring of the back;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4161/3...4ecf76c3_c.jpg

The back is African Padauk "bacon" figure and there is a lot of flame figure too. I've taken to calling it flaming bacon. We went with the same wood for the heel cap, center laminate of the neck, the back strap, rosette, and the sculpted pillow top of the headstock;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2813/3...0d8b20f9_c.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4193/3...6b9d92da_c.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4192/3...4956ca6a_c.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4168/3...03da86ee_c.jpg

The binding on the body, neck and headstock is African Blackwood;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2884/3...a91b9274_c.jpg

The bridge, fret board and custom tuner buttons are Macassar Ebony;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2818/3...6386e4a0_b.jpg

And the sound port is made of nothing at all :)

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4157/3...b7abdaa0_c.jpg

This is my Josie small jumbo model. It has a 25.5" scale length with 1 3/4" nut and 2 1/4" spacing at the saddle. We used Evo gold frets. The orchid inlays on the headstock and 12th fret are done in white mother of pearl and pink fresh water clam.

So how does it sound? Well Roland is coming to pick it up tomorrow. ask him!

Thanks for following along an this build it's been a lot of fun working with The Bard Rocks!

Mark

Loggerenguitars 05-02-2017 01:16 PM

Breath taking!!!!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5326311)
I did the final set up on Roland's (The Bard Rocks) guitar this morning;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4160/3...a6ab7bec_c.jpg

As you can see the Sitka top has some crazy bear claw figure and a lot of red in it which goes quite well with the coloring of the back;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4161/3...4ecf76c3_c.jpg

The back is African Padauk "bacon" figure and there is a lot of flame figure too. I've taken to calling it flaming bacon. We went with the same wood for the heel cap, center laminate of the neck, the back strap, rosette, and the sculpted pillow top of the headstock;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2813/3...0d8b20f9_c.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4193/3...6b9d92da_c.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4192/3...4956ca6a_c.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4168/3...03da86ee_c.jpg

The binding on the body, neck and headstock is African Blackwood;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2884/3...a91b9274_c.jpg

The bridge, fret board and custom tuner buttons are Macassar Ebony;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2818/3...6386e4a0_b.jpg

And the sound port is made of nothing at all :)

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4157/3...b7abdaa0_c.jpg

This is my Josie small jumbo model. It has a 25.5" scale length with 1 3/4" nut and 2 1/4" spacing at the saddle. We used Evo gold frets. The orchid inlays on the headstock and 12th fret are done in white mother of pearl and pink fresh water clam.

So how does it sound? Well Roland is coming to pick it up tomorrow. ask him!

Thanks for following along an this build it's been a lot of fun working with The Bard Rocks!

Mark

Hi Mark,

I must say that this is just tooo beautiful for words!!!!

I've been following most of your work here without commenting much on any post and couldn't hold myself back to at least tell you how your work has inspired me!!!

You have an amazing touch and taste!!!

Thank you for sharing with us!!!

TEK 05-02-2017 03:11 PM

Amazing work again Mark!
Travis

cigarfan 05-02-2017 03:49 PM

Beautiful piece Mark! Knocked it out of the park as usual.

Wish I could be there to watch Roland when he gets to hold and hear this beauty for the first time. Congrats!

Nemoman 05-02-2017 05:09 PM

Looks fantastic, Mark.

That sitka is really amazing as well with the red coloring it has!

But the padauk--WOW!!!

TomB'sox 05-02-2017 05:23 PM

Well this sounds cliche, but you have truly outdone yourself on this one Mark. This guitar is just a stunning piece of art and it will sing like angels I am sure of that. I am so glad for having played even a small part in helping to get this project underway as it turned into a masterpiece beyond words. Although you did not build this part, I will give you credit for finding it, but the bearclaw figure in the upper bouts that projects at 90 degree angles to the fret board in a linear fashion is just mesmerizing to look at. That is very unique. Maybe I have seen it before, but I think not.

Congrats to both of you, but really to you Mark on your artistry.

Zandit75 05-02-2017 05:50 PM

I love how quietly Mark comes in, drops a bunch of photos as though it's nothing, then quietly accepts the praise that is heaped on him!

Me? I'd come in with trumpets blaring "Check out This!!!!" then boom!! *Mic Drops* walks out with one hell of a strut!!!
https://media.giphy.com/media/3o7qDE...RQ2c/giphy.gif

I've run out of words to say Mark, yet another beautiful guitar!

The Bard Rocks 05-02-2017 09:05 PM

my face
 
Cigarfan, if you want to see my face when I get it, you'd best start driving now. I leave this area around 11 tomorrow and can give you a ride for the last 3 hours of the way.

But I have a pretty good idea already of what it looks like. I think the playability and sound will be what surprises me if anything does. Mark does such a good job with the photos that we don't have to imagine much, other than how it sounds and how it plays - and, based upon others of his that I have played, I think both of these can only surprise me in one way - very pleasantly.

Mark Hatcher 05-03-2017 04:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 5326490)
Beautiful piece Mark! Knocked it out of the park as usual.

Wish I could be there to watch Roland when he gets to hold and hear this beauty for the first time. Congrats!

Thanks cigar fan! I am looking forward to Roland coming this afternoon. I enjoy being there when one of my guitars is played by it's new owner. Also, it is often the first time I hear the guitar played by someone else.

Quote:

Originally Posted by TEK (Post 5326455)
Amazing work again Mark!
Travis

Thanks Travis!
Quote:

Originally Posted by Loggerenguitars (Post 5326359)
Hi Mark,

I must say that this is just tooo beautiful for words!!!!

I've been following most of your work here without commenting much on any post and couldn't hold myself back to at least tell you how your work has inspired me!!!

You have an amazing touch and taste!!!

Thank you for sharing with us!!!

Thanks for commenting Loggerenguitars! I'm glad to hear my work is inspiring to you!


Mark

ukejon 05-03-2017 04:43 AM

Congrats Roland on this beauty....Mark works his magic again.


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