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Mark Hatcher 04-10-2017 06:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Zandit75 (Post 5299475)
Wow, time to grab the popcorn again!

Thanks for following along!

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Originally Posted by tkoehler1 (Post 5299569)
I always follow your builds as they are consistently amazing, this new guitar is no exception!

Thanks tkoehler1! I have lots of new ideas for this guitar. The Penelope is usually the model I try new things on first. It's my oldest design and probably the most "Hatcher" of any of the models I make.

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Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 5299685)
My goodness, that rosette is special. Congrats Chef Mark on sharpening your technique. I love the greener slant on the woods (my favorite color). Beautiful work!

BTW, I got to meet Tom Doerr at the Artisan Guitar Show. Really nice guy. I let him play the Penelope I have of yours. He loved it!

Thanks Cigar fan!

I can't help but go with the olive theme on this guitar!

Did you get to try any of Tim Doerr's guitars? He does great work. Tom and I went through Somogy's master voicing classes together and have been in touch regularly since.

Thanks Again,
Mark

cigarfan 04-10-2017 08:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5299800)
Did you get to try any of Tim Doerr's guitars? He does great work. Tom and I went through Somogy's master voicing classes together and have been in touch regularly since.

Yes I did! Very nice. A little heavier than yours though.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2938/...5a3bb9_o_d.jpg

Marcus Wong 04-10-2017 09:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5298847)
I haven't posted in a little while. I've been hard at work developing a new technique and new designs for this latest spec guitar I'm working on. This will be my Penelope model 12 fret guitar with Olivewood back and sides. The whole shop smells like an Italian restaurant as soon as this Olivewood touches sandpaper.

I'll do a separate build thread on this guitar because there are so many new elements but, here is a preview of what I am developing/learning/practicing to create the Olive wreath rosette. I am doing an inlay/marquetry hybrid technique. The colors of the wreath consists of natural woods; Yellowheart, Argentinian Verawood, and Peruvian walnut.

When I titled this post "What's Cooking" I wasn't kidding. This is how I shade the edges of the cut out olives to make them look rounded. I cook them in a pan of sand;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3853/3...cf9b9c67_c.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2821/3...632ec953_c.jpg

The wreath is set right into the Alpine Italian Spruce;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2890/3...e4424572_b.jpg

Thanks for viewing!
Mark

I love watching innovation like this at work! Keep up the great work Mark, it's really nice :up:

Mark Hatcher 04-10-2017 01:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Marcus Wong (Post 5299950)
I love watching innovation like this at work! Keep up the great work Mark, it's really nice :up:

Thanks for commenting Marcus!

It seems innovation mostly comes when you discovery your vision isn't as easy to reach as you thought it would be!


Mark

ukejon 04-24-2017 05:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Marcus Wong (Post 5299950)
I love watching innovation like this at work! Keep up the great work Mark, it's really nice :up:

Agreed. This is really impressive workmanship and the design is gorgeous.

Mark Hatcher 04-24-2017 11:00 AM

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Originally Posted by ukejon (Post 5316675)
Agreed. This is really impressive workmanship and the design is gorgeous.

Thanks Ukejon!

I've been trying to get this design to work for weeks now. It's 93 pieces and every one of them is different. I wanted this design put right into the Spruce top. In order to maintain the strength with all of those cutouts I have a wide maple ring set into the inside which gives the needed support. I've thrown away two tops so far and hundreds of cut out pcs of Verawood, walnut, and Yellowheart. It's coming together though as I'm working the bugs out of this new technique.

Mark

Mark Hatcher 04-24-2017 06:26 PM

The finish is on!
 
Well the finish is on and we're heading into the final stretch on this Bear Claw Spruce and bacon flame figured African Paduak Josie small jumbo!:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2915/3...55c24009_c.jpg

TomB'sox 04-24-2017 06:34 PM

Stunning Mark!!! Should be a very happy customer!

cigarfan 04-25-2017 02:46 AM

Now that is pretty! Go Roland!

The Bard Rocks 04-25-2017 05:21 AM

Hatcher
 
I am now working on my schedule to find a few hours next week to get up there to see it and then have it come home with me. Then I won't have so much time to write these things, not with a new one needing attention and finding its place in my arsenal. Right now, all I can do is imagine how whatever piece I am currently playing will sound like when Padauk gets behind it.

ukejon 04-27-2017 09:18 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARK HATCHER!!!!

:guitar:

Mark Hatcher 04-27-2017 10:48 AM

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Originally Posted by ukejon (Post 5320727)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARK HATCHER!!!!

:guitar:

Thanks! :)

Steve Kinnaird 04-27-2017 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Mark Hatcher (Post 5298847)

The wreath is set right into the Alpine Italian Spruce;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2890/3...e4424572_b.jpg

Thanks for viewing!
Mark

Well done Mark, that's lovely!

Steve

Mark Hatcher 04-27-2017 04:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Steve Kinnaird (Post 5320895)
Well done Mark, that's lovely!

Steve

Thanks Steve!

Mark Hatcher 04-28-2017 10:33 AM

Tuner Buttons
 
I make a large number of custom tuner buttons. I include them in my base price when using Gotoh minis. My favorite ones are the round ones I use for my sculpted pillow topped headstock. They remind me of those worry stones that were so popular back in the seventies, well actually they have been popular throughout history and have shown up independently in many cultures around the world. I often get comments from customers appreciating the "feel" of these "worry stone tuner buttons". I guess I'm a bit OCD investigating every touch point between the guitar and player. It's just that there are so many which I'm certain contributes greatly to the popularity and icon status of guitars.

One on the problems I've had making custom wood buttons is there are woods I can't use because the countersunk screw head that holds the button on can act like a wedge and split the wood when it's tightened. The proper way to fix this is to use a brass flat bottomed counter sunk washer which eliminates that wedge effect. Using brass also make turning that set screw smoother. I think most players know that in addition to holding the tuner button on the tension on that screw eliminates slop and play in the tuner gears and also sets the turning resistance. A brass washer there makes it easy to finely adjust the tuner to just they way you like it.

I've been looking for these little washers for years while having to avoid softer woods like Koa or brittle woods like Bloodwood. So I guess this is the long way of saying, sometimes if you want something done right you just have to do it yourself. So after some trial and error I can make them and I now provide an improved custom tuner button and more woods to choose from;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4175/3...350e1929_c.jpg

And I can get back to finishing up Roland's guitar! It has Macassar Ebony tuner buttons made from the same board the bridge and fret board came from;

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2881/3...1b7b2b82_c.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4180/3...73f40c53_b.jpg

Thanks for viewing and reading all that!
Mark

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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