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Old 01-06-2019, 11:37 PM
Neil K Walk Neil K Walk is offline
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The most gut wrenching thing was when the end pin slipped out of my D-16GT while I was wearing it but occupied with something else and as such heard that sickening crack sound.

A close second was after bending the first set of mahogany sides for my first build. They were very brittle and I saw firsthand how crucial it is to clamp them in - and when they are donít touch them until youíre ready to do the kerfed linings. One side cracked like rice crackers.

That being said, I found rosewood to be a dream to bend. Very little spring back; it wants to keep its shape because of the oils within. Also, if you suffer a key crack no big deal. The variations in the grain make it nearly impossible not to hide a repair. I found this out through repairing a key crack - which BTW is very scary to do regardless.
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2013 OLF MJ (DIY build, western red cedar, Honduran mahogany)
2012 McKnight McUkulele
2009 Martin D-16GT
2006 Larrivee OM-03R
1998 Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Natural ash)
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