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j. Kinnaird 05-23-2020 12:59 PM

THE MITCHELL for Paul. Final shots
This will be the delux edition Mitchell sized guitar for Paul.
Brazilian Rosewood body. The wood is reclaimed BRW from construction beams that was resawn into guitar sets in Brazil. I love the fact that this wood has been down for ages and subjected to all sorts of stress and vibration and survived. Built in character. The grain is straight, and quarter sawn and dark as can be which will make it fun to accessorize. There are a few orangish streaks just to emphasize that its not ebony nor A.blackwood.

We have been going back and forth on the top for awhile now. To start with the plan was Cedar. Then the Tunnel Redwood came along with all of its promise. So we switched to Redwood. Then i got a set of cedar from Allied that was just wonderful, easily the match of the tunnel in taptone. So, since Paul likes the cedar used on previous guitars we switched back to this cedar set. You can see that there is some figuring in the top.

This Brazilian will darken dramatically under finish.

Guitars44me 05-23-2020 03:33 PM

Off and running....
Here we go! FYI the Mitchell is John's largest size. At 16.75" across the Lower Bout it is almost as big as a Gibson Jumbo or say a Taylor Leo Kottke, which are 17".

Coincidentally, The Mitchell is quite close in size and shape to the new Taylor Grand Orchestra/X18 designed by Andy Powers to replace their Jumbos.

This has a nice curvy shape with a rounded Lower Bout. Since I play seated a lot, with the guitar propped between my legs up in kind of classical position I find this larger size with the longer body is actually MORE comfy for me. Especially with 12 frets clear, the Manzer Wedge and the big comfort bevels.

Are we still going with the Kiaat for the binding/bevels?

More soon...

Play on gang


Treenewt 05-23-2020 05:42 PM

John, that is some stellar wood. I have to know: does this body shape get its name from a certain mountain in NC? Or is that a coincidence?

bmh1 05-23-2020 06:02 PM

And you're underway John and Paul!! The woods are gorgeous and I love the history. And I'm sure that, with these woods and John's skills, this guitar will sound amazing!

I look forward to following along!! And eventually making my way down to the mountains east of San Diego for an appropriate introduction. (I will socially distance from Paul if that's still necessary-no promises about staying distant from the future guitar though) :)


CoolerKing 05-23-2020 06:36 PM

That is the darkest set of brz I've ever seen.

Guitars44me 05-23-2020 08:08 PM

The Pablo Package...
Hey Treenewt. Pretty sure it is named for the largest Mt. In John's area...

Beth, you are welcome any time! Can't wait for you to play this one in the same woods as your FAB new Ben Wilborn. But about twice the size! Haha

Matthew, I think John may have some even blacker BRZ! With Green streaks!!!

This one will have the new and expanded "Pablo Package" of features John and I have worked out over my prior FOUR builds. Whooeeeee.... (actually, John did ALL the work. I just ask, and he usually accommodates me.) THANK YOU JOHN!

Happy Saturday Night to all!


cigarfan 05-24-2020 03:58 AM

Nice BRW! Sounds to be a powerhouse of a guitar. Will be fun to watch!

Hanter 05-24-2020 01:18 PM

Boss Braz
hello bench buddy, your set of dark and ancient BRW has just cast a huge shadow over my woods... I hope John shows tender loving care to both babies and they grow up strong and healthy together!

Guitars44me 05-24-2020 01:53 PM

Thanks guys
Thanks Dennis! Judging by the BIG GUN John just made me, this should part hair at 50 paces... hahaha

Hanter, your forgotten Coco is mighty pretty and no doubt will yield major sonic dividends with that T14 in John's most capable hands. His guitars just keep getting better and BETTER! No worries on that front at all.

I am waiting for someone to ask about the Pablo Package upgrades and innovations... but maybe folks have seen it already in Hanter's thread???

Off to play the BIG GUN. OPEN D SLIDE MADNESS! No amp necessary!!!



Nemoman 05-26-2020 09:57 AM

Wow--those are some awesome looking woods to start with, John and Paul!

Cocobolo would be an awesome binding with that dark BRW--just sayin'!

I'm buckled up--this will be a fun one to watch!

Steve Kinnaird 05-26-2020 10:59 AM


Originally Posted by matthewpartrick (Post 6390041)
That is the darkest set of brz I've ever seen.

Indeed. Gives a clue to why this species is called Dalbergia NIGRA.
(Botanists forgive the all-caps used for emphasis.)

memphis1 05-26-2020 05:52 PM

Wow! Great looking woods. This one will be fun to watch!

Guitars44me 05-26-2020 09:59 PM

Thanks Memphis1
Thanks Hart. John has a serious SERIOUS Stash in his wood locker.

Glad you are Loving The BROWN BOMB!!! What a BOSS axe it is...

And glad to have you along for this.


Guitars44me 05-27-2020 10:03 AM

Hey Nemoman

Coco,would be pretty, but John has an exceptional piece of African Kiaat, which looks like very figured Koa.

I think that golden hue will set off the gold streaks in the back and sides, and compliments the Cedar top as well.

Up to John as he can see the woods up close and personal !

Nice to have you along for this one, too!!!


j. Kinnaird 05-27-2020 11:36 AM

Here is the kiaat. It's from THEKIAAT TREE. Not only does it look good but the indigenous people say it cures blackwater fever. Maybe it cures SARS-cov 2 as well. Who knows.

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