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rogthefrog 02-19-2017 05:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Bruce Sexauer (Post 5235944)
Not sure if mine landed either.

So, I know I misspelled "foregone", but . . . Don't you hate it when you have to explain a joke?

:D

Beautiful cutaway, as always.

Bruce Sexauer 02-19-2017 08:58 PM

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Originally Posted by clinchriver (Post 5238131)
This back has great character, top and sides are nice, I really like the back.

Perfect wood has the danger of lacking character, though it undoubtedly can make up for that in its enhanced potential for performance. This back has a lot of character, but as I see it it is the lower bout that matters most, and the majority of this character is above the waist. Keep the rude jokes to a minimum, please. ;)

Bruce Sexauer 02-24-2017 09:01 PM

UMGF/AGF Dread pictures
 
A couple of months ago I made these 2 style 28 semi-Martins and I have been asked for pictures several times. I was slow to get this done, but I finally did rise to it. MInd you, I am not totally happy with the result, but I have made pages for each guitar on my site and maybe I'll get around to better images before they are shipped to new owners.

Here is the AGF Tribute.

And, here is the UMGF Tribute.

These guitars are surprisingly different from each other, and I'd be hard pressed to say which you'd like. The UMGF is far more powerful, almost certainly the strongest Dread I've made, and it is as balanced as a dread this strong can be, with VERY FAT trebles as well as the strong low end expected. The AGF is far more articulate however, and it the one I find myself reaching for. But let's face it, I am an OM kinda guy, and a variety of possibly expressions is my thing. And while the AGF will certainly stomp most any OM into the ground, if I were going to a shoot out, I'd be a fool not to grab the other one.

rogthefrog 02-24-2017 09:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Bruce Sexauer (Post 5244777)
The UMGF is far more powerful, almost certainly the strongest Dread I've made,

Stronger than that Brazilian Schoenberg number that blew my socks off a year or two ago at MFG?

Bruce Sexauer 02-25-2017 10:32 AM

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Originally Posted by rogthefrog (Post 5244796)
Stronger than that Brazilian Schoenberg number that blew my socks off a year or two ago at MFG?

Never had the two in the same room, but I'd bet on the new one, it is quite remarkable. The older one might be more tonally versatile, but the new one has a 1/3/4 nut which is a deal maker for me over the old one's 1 11/16 nut. I think the AGF dread would be more comparable to the Schoenberg dread overall, though again, the AGF has a 1 3/4 nut.

Bruce Sexauer 02-25-2017 11:45 AM

Dream Series #8
 
1st coat of varnish is dry and ready to degloss. Here is a better idea of the wood's true identity:

http://mojoluthier.com/LP17/Dream/1stcoat1.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP17/Dream/1stcoat2.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP17/Dream/1stcoat3.jpg

Check out that 1/4rd Jatoba graft!!! All the binding and the backstrip are similar.
http://mojoluthier.com/LP17/Dream/1stcoat4.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP17/Dream/1stcoat5.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP17/Dream/1stcoat6.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP17/Dream/1stcoat7.jpg

TomB'sox 02-25-2017 11:47 AM

100% agree, the binding and the back are beautiful!!!

rogthefrog 02-25-2017 12:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Bruce Sexauer (Post 5245382)
Never had the two in the same room, but I'd bet on the new one, it is quite remarkable. The older one might be more tonally versatile, but the new one has a 1/3/4 nut which is a deal maker for me over the old one's 1 11/16 nut. I think the AGF dread would be more comparable to the Schoenberg dread overall, though again, the AGF has a 1 3/4 nut.

Dang, that new one must be something.

ukejon 02-25-2017 01:48 PM

Beautiful lines in that design.

Bruce Sexauer 02-25-2017 07:14 PM

SBAIC/'17 giveaway Guitar
 
I spent some time today making pictures of the SBAIC giveaway guitar. For me, giving a guitar away no strings attached is a big deal, I've never done anything like this before. I figure about 20% of a typical festivals attendees actually stop in at my table, and I want to raise my odds. Players really cannot know what is different about my work if they don't pick it up.

I am going to make a sepearate thread here featuring the SBAIC guitar giveaway, but meanwhile here are a couple of the artier pictures included on the page I made today which is located here.
http://mojoluthier.com/LP16/265SB/B-headfront.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP16/265SB/B-punt.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP16/265SB/B-headbackpunt.jpg

Bruce Sexauer 02-25-2017 07:18 PM

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Originally Posted by ukejon (Post 5245678)
Beautiful lines in that design.

This head design is similar to previous designs, but new for this guitar. It is synthesized from the symmetrical SBAIC design nearby, which was first used on the guitar before it which I made for my daughter. My goal is to incrementally improve my design work until it is actually perfect. . . (laugh now). Thank you, I mean to say.

Bruce Sexauer 02-25-2017 08:31 PM

I like this one!
http://mojoluthier.com/LP16/265SB/B-driversside.jpg

jessupe 02-26-2017 11:22 AM

Really nice! who makes those tuners?

iim7V7IM7 02-26-2017 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by jessupe (Post 5246903)
Really nice! who makes those tuners?

Those are Schertler Tuners...

jessupe 02-26-2017 12:41 PM

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Originally Posted by iim7V7IM7 (Post 5246941)
Those are Schertler Tuners...

Thanks, those are cool looking, very "billet"

Bruce Sexauer 02-26-2017 06:37 PM

To my eye, they are "Alessi" inspired, but that's mostly because they have an elliptical base plate. The big difference between these and most others, beside that they work above average well, is that the body of the machine is made from aluminum, so it is quite light weight. I personally prefer a faster gear ratio, while these are very smooth and under control, they are slow and so more about incremental perfecting than intuitive accuracy. I have probably been playing violin too much. :)

Bruce Sexauer 03-04-2017 12:59 PM

NCAL meeting 3/5/17
 
As reigning president of the Northern California Association of Luthiers (NCAL, not quite a 12 step program) I am producing my first meeting in an official capacity tomorrow 3/5/17, in my own shop. I am spending today cleaning so as not to appear quite as casual a housekeeper as I know myself to be. Any person who is interested, by the way, is welcome to attend. It's 1pm through 5pm and the address is on my website's contact page. In the process of dusting, I found three BRW sets (less one set of sides) I had forgotten I had. Amazing!!!

http://mojoluthier.com/LP17/NCAL-3-5/BRW1a.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP17/NCAL-3-5/BRW2a.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP17/NCAL-3-5/BRW3a.jpg

http://mojoluthier.com/LP17/NCAL-3-5/BRW1b.jpg http://mojoluthier.com/LP17/NCAL-3-5/BRW2b.jpg

Nemoman 03-04-2017 02:10 PM

Wow, Bruce--those are incredible sets of BRW!

TomB'sox 03-04-2017 03:33 PM

Awwweee yes, those are about as good as it gets I believe. WOW...they may be deserving of a slight upgrade in price when the time comes ;)

Bruce Sexauer 03-04-2017 07:54 PM

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Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 5255419)
Awwweee yes, those are about as good as it gets I believe. WOW...they may be deserving of a slight upgrade in price when the time comes ;)

You are telling me I don't charge enough for my Brazilian Rosewood upgrade, Tom? I guess that means you're not ordering a guitar from me just now . . . ;)

That first set is pretty much the top of the heap, the other two are more than just Okay, but not the big bucks. In order of appearance, I'd grade them Mastergrade AAA, regular AAA (higher on a smaller guitar), and low AAA by today's reckoning, though perhaps high AA 40 years ago as set 3 is quartered enough, but not adequately straight grained, especially on the joining edge. Despite that, it will make as good a guitar in my opinion as the other sets, and be perhaps more interesting looking to the average observer. Saves the eventual buyer a couple of grand!

TomB'sox 03-04-2017 08:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Bruce Sexauer (Post 5255627)
You are telling me I don't charge enough for my Brazilian Rosewood upgrade, Tom? I guess that means you're not ordering a guitar from me just now . . . ;)

That first set is pretty much the top of the heap, the other two are more than just Okay, but not the big bucks. In order of appearance, I'd grade them Mastergrade AAA, regular AAA (higher on a smaller guitar), and low AAA by today's reckoning, though perhaps high AA 40 years ago as set 3 is quartered enough, but not adequately straight grained, especially on the joining edge. Despite that, it will make as good a guitar in my opinion as the other sets, and be perhaps more interesting looking to the average observer. Saves the eventual buyer a couple of grand!

Well I am no marketing expert of course, but since these were forgotten on the shelf somewhere for an indeterminate length of time, I logically can deduce that they are not that important. I will give you a thousand dollars for the three of them right now....:D:D:D

Bruce Sexauer 03-04-2017 09:39 PM

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Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 5255650)
Well I am no marketing expert of course, but since these were forgotten on the shelf somewhere for an indeterminate length of time, I logically can deduce that they are not that important. I will give you a thousand dollars for the three of them right now....:D:D:D

They have been misplaced for about a year, I think. They were on a shelf behind a joined top which completely hid them from sight. I knew about the sides and had a couple of time wondered why I had such nice orphans. Now it seems like the back is the orphan. I'll bet it isn't as I have always acquired complete sets, and if anything an occasional extra back half or side. Now I have incentive to do and even MORE thorough job of straightening up.

I do have a couple of sets of BRW I plan to offer at tomorrow's meeting in the $500 range. It is rare to find anyone flush enough even for that kind of deal at an NCAL meeting. Cheap from my POV, it's very close to what I paid, but $500 is $500.

tadol 03-04-2017 09:41 PM

Well heck! I'll bring that much just in case! ;-)

TomB'sox 03-05-2017 08:23 AM

Well Bruce,

You find that other side set to complete the trio, which has to be somewhere, and I up that to 1500 for the three, haha!!! I would think a set of sides is easier to misplace than a back set, I bet it shows up. :)

Nonetheless, all three of the sets will be dark and beautiful when used someday!!!

Have a great Sunday.

Bruce Sexauer 03-05-2017 10:51 AM

Unless I turned it into bridge plates . . . I'll find that side!

It is unexpectedly sunny this morning, a good day seems likely! Thank you, Tom.

Bruce Sexauer 03-06-2017 03:15 PM

3/5/17 NCAL follow-up
 
Yesterday was beautiful, a bit of rain in an otherwise sunny yet blustery day, and the turnout was much better that my previous meeting, with around thirty attendees for my first my-shop hosted Northern California Association of Luthiers meeting presiding as President. That's a mouthful. Rather that try to describe it, courtesy of Our Friend Tad Laird who iPhone video'd much of the proceedings, there will be evidence published on Vimeo.

Here is the first installment, about 8 minutes long, in which I hold forth on a piece of "The Tree", that was brought for show and tell.

The Tree video


Subsequent videos will likely include a presentation of my SBAIC giveaway guitar, a short bit on the Dream Series currently in finish, and a tutorial on fret dressing using Bob's single 0 as the subject.

Bruce Sexauer 03-07-2017 05:12 PM

SBAIC/17 Guitar Giveaway Video
 
I am breaking the video from last Sunday's NCAL meeting into topical chunks and some of those chunks SHOULD be of interest to you readers. This one is 6 minutes of me talking about the SBAIC Walnut/Englemann 00 I am giving away in August at the Santa Barbara event. Toward the end you can even get a sense of its tonal qualities. I am perhaps a bit too candid at one moment, so if that bothers anyone, well, sorry.

NCAL 3/5/17 SBAIC segment

SJ VanSandt 03-07-2017 08:57 PM

Too candid? Was that when you said it wasn't the . . . okay - I think I know what you mean. As a potential customer rather than a luthier, I am neither surprised nor disappointed. If I were going to Santa Barbara (can't this year), I would still drop my tickets in the box!

printer2 03-07-2017 09:47 PM

Not every guitar will be in your top five, although I bet lately most are.

Wish I was a few hours drive out, I would surely drop in a ticket or two.

Bruce Sexauer 03-08-2017 12:46 AM

My hope is that 80% of the attendees at SBAIC will pick up this guitar while they are standing in front of my table. I would estimate that 10% of the attendees at the last show pickled up any of my guitars. If I didn't think this instrument was up to snuff, I'd be making a pretty foolish move putting it in so many potential buyers hands. Although this is indeed my entry level model, I will have the other end of the spectrum available as well, should anyone at the show have an inquiring mind.


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