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usb_chord 02-11-2020 04:04 PM

Post-Build Thread: Froggy Bottom M - 1876 German / Figured Mahogany
This is a build thread for those of us with a generous bit of ADHD. You see, this guitar has been in the works for a loooong time (3-4 years) and now, the box is sitting in the living room! I haven't opened it. I have no idea what this guitar sounds like, though I have some vague idea of the appearance! Here are a few photos from along the way. . .

This guitar is an M Deluxe with Mahogany back and sides and a German spruce top. The top was actually logged in 1876. I don’t know the entire story, but I believe Michael purchased these tops many years ago from the legendary classical builder, Thomas Humphrey. I’ve had this top set aside for about 3 years.

I asked for “just mahogany” and got an email back from Michael with the headline “This good enough. . .?”*

Yes, Michael . . . I suspect this may be “good enough” :lol:

So why haven’t I un-boxed it?! Well, because I want you guys to come along for the ride. A friend will record this and I’ll post it here (late, late tonight or early tomorrow) for your amusement! See ya'll in a bit . . .


iim7V7IM7 02-11-2020 04:45 PM

Brian, congratulations...:up: I hope that it is everything you hoped for and then some.

Your story about the top coming to Michael from Thomas Humphrey reminds we of the story behind the German Spruce top that Nick Kukich used in my guitar. He bought the German Spruce tops in the 1980s from his friend classical guitar luthier Jeffrey Elliott. My top had a re-saw stamp dated “January 1968”. Old, but young compared to 1876...:)

bdm0509 02-11-2020 07:43 PM

Yaaaaasssss! Bring it...

FormerFoodie 02-12-2020 12:18 AM


I have a P12 and an H12... I'd love an M to round out the collection. I love how you are squeezing this build in before Michael rides off into the sunset.

I've never played a German topped Frog, but can only imagine how special yours will be.

Hopefully you can record with it and post a YouTube clip of it when you get it. I really dig some of your other clips on YT!!!!

Looking forward to the rest of the build!!!

Parlorman 02-12-2020 04:59 AM

Like a kid a Christmas!

Michael Watts 02-12-2020 07:18 AM

Big grins! I am so happy for you my friend, the box should be openable by now right? We need look!

islandguitar 02-12-2020 08:35 AM

A fun way to introduce this beauty! I'll stay tuned and look for more today/tomorrow. Thanks for posting!!

David Wren 02-12-2020 09:07 AM

What a stunning set of mahogany ... looking forward to the photos!

Haasome 02-12-2020 09:15 AM

Very nice. I’ll enjoy seeing and hearing... My M is being built, it will ready in June.

Nemoman 02-12-2020 09:42 AM

"Good enough"--yeah, WOW!

But now you're just teasing us--last night and early this morning have come and gone...

usb_chord 02-12-2020 10:11 AM

cigarfan 02-12-2020 03:27 PM

Thanks for that. Nice, nice guitar. Hope we get to hear it soon!

dneal 02-12-2020 08:59 PM

Nice guitar. Congrats!

I’m not a big fan of the 80/20s either. I use either Pearse phosphor bronze, or DR Sunbeams when I want to crank up the richness and overtones.

handers 02-12-2020 09:35 PM

So, lovely. I have alway loved the M shape. I can't wait to hear your video of it. Thanks for sharing!


Parlorman 02-13-2020 05:38 AM

That’s lovely.

I’ve been running John Pearse Nuages on most of my guitars. My Froggy L sounds particularly good with them.

FWIW, I do videos for some school bands with my Nikon D750 and the files are enormous. I have to run them through a video conversion program and create a somewhat lower definition version to get them small enough to send electronically or save on many posting sites.

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