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Oh my Bob, that is coming out beautifully!!!!! You do like your abalone purflings (as do I)...
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Oh my Bob, that is coming out beautifully!!!!! You do like your abalone purflings (as do I)...
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For this project, John was kind enough to indulge me to use an alternative headstock shape to what he normally uses on his Rhapsody model (left). He is using some elements from two of his archtop models. The peghead shape he is using is one that he uses on his Artisan model (second from left). He also redesigned/scaled a version of a stylized Abalone and MOP torch that I admired in his Monarch model (third from left) to integrate onto this shape. The drawing of this new design can be seen below (right).

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Mario Beauregard made a Brazilian Rosewood archtop that he recently showed at the Artisan Guitar show. Also, John made me a Honduran Rosewood carved back nylon a few years back. Here's that build thread from back then...

http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/f...d.php?t=352417
Benoit LaVoie had made BRW backed archtop cfv which he showed at Woodstock a couple years back... I like the look of both sets here!

I replied a little hastily before reading the last page... That's a beautiful box!

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Benoit LaVoie had made BRW backed archtop cfv which he showed at Woodstock a couple years back... I like the look of both sets here!

I replied a little hastily before reading the last page... That's a beautiful box!
Thanks Louie...I also played Benoit’s guitar....

In terms of Dalbergias, John has quartersawn billets of Cocobolo, EIR and HRW. He purchased this wood >20-years ago. Both Mario’s and Benoit’s BRW guitars while both beautiful were to no surprise were flatsawn. BTW, I meant to say hi again at Woodstock a few weeks back. I thought that I saw you, but you were talking to someone...
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Thanks Louie...I also played Benoit’s guitar....

In terms of Dalbergias, John has quartersawn billets of Cocobolo, EIR and HRW. He purchased this wood >20-years ago. Both Mario’s and Benoit’s BRW guitars while both beautiful were to no surprise were flatsawn. BTW, I meant to say hi again at Woodstock a few weeks back. I thought that I saw you, but you were talking to someone...
LOL... By the time I was done Saturday I had dry mouth from all the talking.. The luthiers there do a great job with talking shop while still catering to potential clients. Wish I had met up with you and some of the other folks up there. Sucks to drive up 2 hours just to stay for 5. Forgot to bring my AGF badge from a few years ago.

Yeah, pretty rare to fine nicely quartered slabs of any rosewood that somehow didn't get sent out to be resawn.
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John was kind enough to use the simpler headstock shape borrowed from his Artisan model archtop on my custom Rhapsody. He also designed a new stylized “torch” inlay out of Mother of Pearl (MOP) and Green Abalone inlay to go with his MOP logotype in a Gaboon Ebony headplate veneer. Tom Ellis of Precision Pearl executed these inlays. The neck is still in the “rough”, but he has placed the neck, fingerboard and veneer on the body.

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Love the torch inlay, really nice work with the design and the inlay.
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Love the torch inlay, really nice work with the design and the inlay.
Thanks Tom...

Once the Autumn burst goes on the top the Green Abalone top purflings will visually “pop” like the MOP/Abalone torch does against the Ebony peghead veneer. Also the headstock will have a Maple laminate showing to add some more archtop motif to the guitar’s aesthetic.
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I really like how this is turning out, Bob. And as Tom said, the torch is superb.

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I really like how this is turning out, Bob. And as Tom said, the torch is superb.

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Thanks Steve, I think that it will be both beautiful and unique.... The addition of an enlarged headstock shape, a stylized torch headplate inlay and soon a sunburst top are all “nods” to the traditional archtop aesthetic on this carved back / flat top guitar.

On another note, I was noticing some similarities between John’s top bracing approach (right) to Jeff Traugott’s (left) in their pattern and profiling. Jeff targets a timbre favored by acoustic fingerstyle players and John targets jazz players. In my experience, this type of straight brace pattern tends to favor balance, projection and sustain. Obviously one builder uses a flat back and the other a carved back and subtle differences in dish, thickness and brace carve create sonic differences, but I just found it interesting.

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I am not sure what you mean?
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John is moving right along now in progressing my Rhapsody. Some of the birdseye figure can begin to be seen. It is beginning to look a lot like a guitar (and a beautiful one at that...)







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Jesco EVO 47104 fretwire is on. Now to decide on a bridge for the sunburst top.

African Blackwood:



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Brazilian Rosewood:

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