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Old 09-12-2019, 10:18 AM
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Smile Nice arm rest rim!

I agree with John. The arm rest backing looks really nice!

And, I am still a bit unclear on the size.

It appears to be a Slope Dread? I love mine, from bro John, obviously!

Whatever it is it is going to be BOSS!

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Old 09-12-2019, 03:57 PM
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I agree with John. The arm rest backing looks really nice!

And, I am still a bit unclear on the size.

It appears to be a Slope Dread? I love mine, from bro John, obviously!

Whatever it is it is going to be BOSS!
Paul

I am sure it is their SJ model which in their line is a small Jumbo, I have one from BRW and Italian and it is an amazing amazing instrument! My first real commissioned build ever!
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:19 AM
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I agree with John. The arm rest backing looks really nice!
And, I am still a bit unclear on the size.
It appears to be a Slope Dread? I love mine, from bro John, obviously!
Whatever it is it is going to be BOSS!

Paul
Thanks Paul! And I'm sorry not to have answered this earlier question. Tom (see below) is correct, this nomenclature stands for our "Small Jumbo". Most luthiers build something like this. And for most, it isn't necessarily a standardized shape. The upper bout was inspired by the Gibson slope shoulder dreads, while the lower bout was inspired by the Martin 0000 shape. We added a tighter waist, which makes it sit in the lap like a smaller guitar, so its full 16" width doesn't feel as cumbersome as it might sound. This was our first design, and we still enjoy building them. Thanks for asking!

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I am sure it is their SJ model which in their line is a small Jumbo, I have one from BRW and Italian and it is an amazing amazing instrument! My first real commissioned build ever!
And thank you Tom. We still have proudly on display the picture of your guitar. It was a special build for us.
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:38 AM
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So here’s more progress shots for Jamie et al. Still working on the rim assembly, we installed the back reverse-kerfed linings with our special color coded clamps. Now say “color coded clamps” three times fast.




Every back needs its six month dental inspection. Here I’m using a dental pick to inscribe where the back brace pockets will go while clearing the occasional plaque residue. Once this is finished, I’ll use the big drill (router) to cut away the pockets.




Port Orford Cedar side braces seem to match the Port Orford top, so those are put in to line up with the back braces. The clamps make little feet to hold up the sides and little hands to shout for joy.




Keeping the medical check up theme in mind...nevermind, I’m not going to describe what’s happening here.





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Every back needs its six month dental inspection. Here Iím using a dental pick to inscribe where the back brace pockets will go while clearing the occasional plaque residue. Once this is finished, Iíll use the big drill (router) to cut away the pockets.

So can we liken the router thing-a-ma-bob to a root canal?
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Old 09-18-2019, 03:50 PM
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Those of us over 50 replied your discretion Ryan
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One of the fun things about doing this build with Jamie is the collaborative process. He is adventurous yet assured in his tastes. This allows us to present different design schemes and for him to choose the path to take. I know we would all like to believe that we have that ability, but actually itís hard for most of us to take even small risks. Jamie has courage in his blood, and so hereís a presentation of the rosette design in light of this.

Weíve started with a Guatemalan Rosewood blank. This is to complement the color choices that have been picked out so far.




Then I have routed many arcs at defined radii to set up the overall scheme.




Next I cut out a bunch of matching Osage Orange arcs with matching grain patterns.




After purfling each segment, they are fit to length and then met with a Purpleheart wedge to close the gap.




Here you get the feel of the overall design.




Then I routed out the ring oversize to prep for inlaying the whole piece.




We then pull out brickhenge to clamp down the ring and its needed purfling.




Finally, cut out the sound hole to reveal the overall look.




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That rose is simply genius ... no two ways about it ... love it!!!
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Looks incredible, guys--that's just fantastic!
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Thatís really nice..very creative
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It is hard to get any better than thay Ryan, Wow!!!. Love it.
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I'm a sucker for a nice rosette and that one is just fantastic!
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Hi Steve and Ryan -

Great work, I am following this one. I liked that rosette.

I do have one question: what is your take on the comparison between Osage Orange and Brazilian. I recall seeing some thread that the "data" on the two woods. How does it play out in tone?

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That rose is simply genius ... no two ways about it ... love it!!!
Very kind, David, thank you.

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Looks incredible, guys--that's just fantastic!
You too, Kevin, thanks.

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Thanks bro, just trying to keep up with you!

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Thanks, Dan, much appreciated.

We really do appreciate the kind remarks. I drew the design you see and told Ryan "Figure out how to do that, and make it work". He did. We're plunging off into unchartered waters for us and thus are particularly grateful for the kind reception.

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Old 09-25-2019, 12:16 PM
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Hi Steve and Ryan -

Great work, I am following this one. I liked that rosette.

I do have one question: what is your take on the comparison between Osage Orange and Brazilian. I recall seeing some thread that the "data" on the two woods. How does it play out in tone?

Thanks!
We are, of course, reserving final judgment until strings have been on for a while. Until then I can say it taps like a pane of glass, with more music in it than Ebony, but a slightly different sound than Brazilian. Lemme step out into the shop and bang on it some more. I'm writing this from my sofa, and all I can hear at the moment is lunch being prepared. (Which sound is even sweeter than Brazilian.)

Thanks for the kind word, jmat, we appreciate it.

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