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cigarfan 10-09-2016 05:33 AM

Awesome! I see my Penelope made the wall. Love it. Really like your shingle too Mark. Eye catching.

Glad for your success with the tour. I love my Hatcher's and I'm sure your new customers will feel the same. :)

ukejon 10-09-2016 06:36 AM

All looks great....have a wonderful event this weekend.

GeoffStGermaine 10-09-2016 10:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5092119)
Thanks for the kind words Geoff. I like and can hear the difference using a rosewood neck. Objectively, it adds more sustain. Objectively/subjectively, it gives fuller trebles. Subjectively, it feels better on the fretting hand.
Weight wise it adds 2 to 3 ounces if the wood is chosen wisely. This is easily offset by open back tuners and an oversize or heavier tail block. Which, by the way, the additional weight on the tail block also adds to sustain. I am a big advocate of building very light guitars, though, I am not at all against putting weight where it belongs. I should add that these are incremental improvements and are not of the scale of change you hear on an electric guitar.

Hope that's helpful!

I appreciate the detailed response, Mark. It's certainly helpful. Thanks!

Mark Hatcher 10-11-2016 04:25 PM

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Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 5092131)
Awesome! I see my Penelope made the wall. Love it. Really like your shingle too Mark. Eye catching.

Glad for your success with the tour. I love my Hatcher's and I'm sure your new customers will feel the same. :)

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Originally Posted by ukejon (Post 5092144)
All looks great....have a wonderful event this weekend.

Thanks Fellas! It was time well spent. Sunday was a little slower due to rain and Monday wasn't killer either but, frankly the whole weekend was a success by the end of the day on Saturday. This being my second year on the tour, word had gotten out that there was a guitar builder showing so there were a lot more seriously interested folks coming through. I was also interviewed by the local newspaper and a Southern New Hampshire magazine so this isn't over yet. One of the nice things that appealed to possible buyers, besides being here to select the woods, is the offer of a seat right next to me when I carve the neck "How's this feel?" "How about now?" "A little more here?" :)

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Originally Posted by GeoffStGermaine (Post 5092352)
I appreciate the detailed response, Mark. It's certainly helpful. Thanks!

Great! You're welcome

Mark Hatcher 10-13-2016 09:23 AM

Black Ebony
 
One of the great things about participating in the local art tour has been meeting the local people. A number of nice leads from woodworkers are panning out very nicely. I just picked up this 100lb billet of old black ebony from a cabinet maker who is downsizing. He's had if for 20 plus years. At the very least I'm good for black ebony fretboards and bridges for awhile. At best there may a few guitars in there too! It's over 40 inches long and 9 inches thick;

https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8409/3...8461673b_c.jpg

Nemoman 10-13-2016 09:35 AM

Wow--that is some chunk of wood! Nice find--looking forward to seeing what treasures you find and make out of it!

yoni 10-13-2016 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5096634)
One of the great things about participating in the local art tour has been meeting the local people. A number of nice leads from woodworkers are panning out very nicely. I just picked up this 100lb billet of old black ebony from a cabinet maker who is downsizing. He's had if for 20 plus years. At the very least I'm good for black ebony fretboards and bridges for awhile. At best there may a few guitars in there too! It's over 40 inches long and 9 inches thick;

https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8409/3...8461673b_c.jpg

um.....maybe like 4 ukulele fret boards max.

Mark Hatcher 10-13-2016 06:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Nemoman (Post 5096655)
Wow--that is some chunk of wood! Nice find--looking forward to seeing what treasures you find and make out of it!

Me too! I haven't had the opportunity to get a billet this large before. I got a smaller one that I got four guitar back and side sets from;

https://c2.staticflickr.com/3/2925/1...44bc54f2_c.jpg

I've used two of those sets so far but, they are only large enough to do my smaller two guitar body styles, the Pina parlor which sold;

https://c3.staticflickr.com/1/455/18...32632e8e_c.jpg

The second one I built and have for sale is the Penelope model;

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7732/2...b1269e63_c.jpg

Even as smaller models they both have that strong "piano" tone so I jumped at the opportunity for more and possibly larger sets

justonwo 10-13-2016 06:30 PM

Wow, that is some chunk of ebony. Can't wait to see what it produces.

cigarfan 10-14-2016 04:53 AM

Be careful not to take out your back lifting that thing.

Mark Hatcher 10-14-2016 02:59 PM

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Originally Posted by justonwo (Post 5097155)
Wow, that is some chunk of ebony. Can't wait to see what it produces.

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Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 5097366)
Be careful not to take out your back lifting that thing.

Thanks fellas, It's a challenge to work out how to approach this log. It's a quartered log so the grain arcs 90 degrees. My current thought is to go for two billets first, one for backs, then cut a sides billet. I'm thinking I can easily get 2 inch thick billets which will give me a good yield of sets. There will be plenty of cut off for fretboards and bridges. I'll end up making some sort of sled to get this monster through the band saw

palolowarrior 10-21-2016 06:10 PM

Pina
 
Is that my Pina #1?

Alan

Mark Hatcher 10-22-2016 03:30 PM

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Originally Posted by palolowarrior (Post 5104638)
Is that my Pina #1?

Alan

Sure is.
Hope you are enjoying it!

Mark

palolowarrior 10-22-2016 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5105450)
Sure is.
Hope you are enjoying it!

Mark

Absolutely Mark.
An amazingly awesome guitar. The little guitar with a large voice.
So much eye candy as well. The feel is superb.

Why just yesterday Alex and I were applauding your stuff as one of the two best kept secrets for price and value.

Cheers...as I tip my glass to you.

Mark Hatcher 10-23-2016 08:25 AM

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Originally Posted by palolowarrior (Post 5105594)
Absolutely Mark.
An amazingly awesome guitar. The little guitar with a large voice.
So much eye candy as well. The feel is superb.

Why just yesterday Alex and I were applauding your stuff as one of the two best kept secrets for price and value.

Cheers...as I tip my glass to you.

Well Thanks! Glad to hear that

Mark


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