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Stevied63 09-15-2017 04:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Nemoman (Post 5477432)
I echo Ian's thoughts--I prefer the ebony fingerboard and the koa headplate. Although all the options are tasty, the ebony brings contrast and better integration with the bridge to the table. YMMV...

I second this recommendation! What a beautiful instrument this is turning out to be!

cpabolting 09-15-2017 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5469328)
That originally was the intent. I thought it was a great idea but, the further I got into it the more I realized that it was a great idea for maybe a grandfather clock. I just couldn't pull the look that far away from a guitar. Besides lullabies are about it being night and going to bed after all.

We went with a mother of pearl moon and Holly stars on a darker, very figured Koa ring surrounded by abalone;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4357/...9d5973ab_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4393/...9ca46527_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4393/...aa4f32a9_b.jpg

Now that is a cool rosette! Nice work Mark

Guitars44me 09-15-2017 05:45 PM

Outstanding Rosette!
 
That is one of the COOLEST rosettes I have ever seen. I like how it ties together with the swoopy FB extension, too

Not usually a fan of non-symmetrical stuff on a guitar, but that is a beauty!!!

May your herds increase at top speed.

Cheers

Paul

Joel Teel 09-15-2017 06:47 PM

I absolutely love this rosette, Mark. How did you create the dark borders around all of the Holly stars?

Joel

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5469328)
That originally was the intent. I thought it was a great idea but, the further I got into it the more I realized that it was a great idea for maybe a grandfather clock. I just couldn't pull the look that far away from a guitar. Besides lullabies are about it being night and going to bed after all.

We went with a mother of pearl moon and Holly stars on a darker, very figured Koa ring surrounded by abalone;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4357/...9d5973ab_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4393/...9ca46527_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4393/...aa4f32a9_b.jpg


kkrell 09-15-2017 07:29 PM

Another vote for ebony fretboard & koa headplate.

IBKuz 09-15-2017 08:08 PM

My apologies to NewPicker for temporally hijacking your build. I hope you can see that we're all pretty pumped for your build ... lol :guitar:

NewPicker 09-15-2017 09:21 PM

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Originally Posted by IBKuz (Post 5477641)
My apologies to NewPicker for temporally hijacking your build. I hope you can see that we're all pretty pumped for your build ... lol :guitar:

I'm loving the thoughts and comments! Truly having a tough time on the fretboard and headstock. The Koa headstock on ebony is really nice, but there's a certain appeal of the macasar fretboard and headstock, bound in koa (with a macasar bridge to match). Hmmm.....

ross748 09-15-2017 10:55 PM

One combination not pictured, Ebony fretboard, (ties the bridge) Madagascar head plate (ties the body).

TomB'sox 09-16-2017 07:51 AM

I don't really know if Mark meant this as a poll haha, but my lowly opinion is the Macassar Ebony fret board with the Macassar head plate. I also think I would like the ebony fret board with the Macassar head plate. I think the Koa head plate just stands out too much....each to their own though...

IBKuz 09-16-2017 08:49 AM

Haha ... now I feel I need to apologize for "muddying" the waters on the decision making process.

The great thing is, there is no wrong answer. And, from the comments above, some good thoughts to add to the mix. You likely don't need to overthink this, just listen with your brain and decide with your heart :)

cigarfan 09-16-2017 09:16 AM

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Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 5477959)
I don't really know if Mark meant this as a poll haha, but my lowly opinion is the Macassar Ebony fret board with the Macassar head plate. I also think I would like the ebony fret board with the Macassar head plate. I think the Koa head plate just stands out too much....each to their own though...

I'm with you Tom. Macassar/Macassar seems more complimentary. The yellowish Koa with the rest of the pieces seems out of place. The Ebony fret board would also fit pretty well.

Great Minds !! :)

Mark Hatcher 09-16-2017 05:02 PM

Thanks for the feedback everyone! Looks like we're leaning toward the Macassar for both the fret board and head plate. These will both have the contrasting Koa binding which will set it off nicely.

Mark

Mark Hatcher 09-19-2017 10:17 AM

Well it's official, we're going with Macassar Ebony fretboard, and headstock. The Koa binding will help offset these from the rodewood neck and tie in with the Koa binding on the body;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4439/...53edcb7d_b.jpg

cigarfan 09-19-2017 10:51 AM

Woah! What is that purple stuff?

IBKuz 09-19-2017 03:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5481009)
Well it's official, we're going with Macassar Ebony fretboard, and headstock. The Koa binding will help offset these from the rodewood neck and tie in with the Koa binding on the body;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4439/...53edcb7d_b.jpg

Beautiful, just beautiful. Nice choice :up:

IBKuz 09-19-2017 03:50 PM

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Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 5481047)
Woah! What is that purple stuff?

My guess is it's Purpleheart. I've seen it this bright purple colour before, but not in a long time. It would also have to be fairly freshly dressed to have not oxidized to it's darker colour. Mark will have to be the judge of whether my guess is correct

Mark Hatcher 09-19-2017 04:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 5481047)
Woah! What is that purple stuff?

Quote:

Originally Posted by IBKuz (Post 5481346)
Beautiful, just beautiful. Nice choice :up:

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Originally Posted by IBKuz (Post 5481359)
My guess is it's Purpleheart. I've seen it this bright purple colour before, but not in a long time. It would also have to be fairly freshly dressed to have not oxidized to it's darker colour. Mark will have to be the judge of whether my guess is correct

Thanks! Yes it's Purpleheart. I am making an all out spec of each of my models like I did with the Olivewood Penelope (but very different stylings). That Purpleheart is for when I do the Josie small jumbo. I'm currently working on the Greta and will start up a build thread on that one in a couple of weeks.

IBKuz 09-19-2017 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5481383)
Thanks! Yes it's Purpleheart. I am making an all out spec of each of my models like I did with the Olivewood Penelope (but very different stylings). That Purpleheart is for when I do the Josie small jumbo. I'm currently working on the Greta and will start up a build thread on that one in a couple of weeks.

Woohoo ... do I win anything for guessing right?

Over 30 years ago I bought some Purpleheart for a project at school that was that bright. Here it is now, it was used as an inlay with Red Oak.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...R/IMG_1260.jpg

As this was an oil finish, it oxidized quite a bit. A very deep purple that looks great in person in the sunlight.

Jamiejoon 09-20-2017 11:05 AM

Wow Mark Hatcher you do such beautiful work. I thought MY Hatcher was your most beautiful one, but every new Hatcher I see, I think maybe I was wrong!

Aramgreuter 09-21-2017 09:30 AM

I canít wait to see a purpleheart hatcher! And obviously to hear what tonal results it willl yield. iíve got some sets and billets stashed, but am still a little afraid of bending them. They do ring......

Aram

Mark Hatcher 09-21-2017 01:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aramgreuter (Post 5482984)
I canít wait to see a purpleheart hatcher! And obviously to hear what tonal results it willl yield. iíve got some sets and billets stashed, but am still a little afraid of bending them. They do ring......

Aram

Thanks Aram, I guess I should have clarified that better. That Josie will include Purpleheart in the wood inlays but, not the back and sides. I agree it rings nicely but you're going to have to be the first one to try bending those sides!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jamiejoon (Post 5482086)
Wow Mark Hatcher you do such beautiful work. I thought MY Hatcher was your most beautiful one, but every new Hatcher I see, I think maybe I was wrong!

Thanks Jamiejoon!

Here is the Macassar Ebony fretboard with Koa binding coming along;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4337/...eb6ac7a1_c.jpg

cigarfan 09-21-2017 03:15 PM

That really looks nice !!!!!! Great choice!

TomB'sox 09-21-2017 03:28 PM

Yes, seeing it now with the binding, that was definitely the best choice!!!!!

NewPicker 09-21-2017 04:29 PM

Every new picture update feels like Christmas morning!

What a beauty!

NCBluesman 09-21-2017 07:27 PM

That Macassar Ebony fretboard with Koa binding is just stunning!

Mark Hatcher 09-22-2017 04:53 AM

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Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 5483364)
That really looks nice !!!!!! Great choice!

Quote:

Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 5483372)
Yes, seeing it now with the binding, that was definitely the best choice!!!!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by NCBluesman (Post 5483608)
That Macassar Ebony fretboard with Koa binding is just stunning!

I agree. The lighter colored contrast of the Koa binding really makes it work!


Quote:

Originally Posted by NewPicker (Post 5483439)
Every new picture update feels like Christmas morning!

What a beauty!

:) Well if that's the case you're going to have a lot of Christmas mornings before we get to Christmas! I'm glad your enjoying the ride!

ukejon 09-24-2017 02:44 AM

Perfect choice of woods....the moon/star inlay is spectacular.

IBKuz 09-24-2017 06:51 PM

The fretboard turned out spectacular, the Koa binding really sets off the Macassar beautifully. This was a great choice and I don't even need to see the Headstock to know that it will match up perfectly. What a great direction this build is going in.

Mark Hatcher 09-26-2017 09:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ukejon (Post 5485651)
Perfect choice of woods....the moon/star inlay is spectacular.

Thanks ukejon!

Quote:

Originally Posted by IBKuz (Post 5486387)
The fretboard turned out spectacular, the Koa binding really sets off the Macassar beautifully. This was a great choice and I don't even need to see the Headstock to know that it will match up perfectly. What a great direction this build is going in.

Thanks! The head plate will be Macassar Ebony and will have Koa binding as well.

Here is the binding going on the back;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4490/...482a85c0_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4439/...6edbd13d_c.jpg

Here is the top with the binding on and the abalone purfling that matcher the rosette;

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4475/...1c156e14_b.jpg

Thanks for viewing!
Mark

NewPicker 09-26-2017 10:10 AM

Awesome. Just awesome.


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