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Old 02-13-2020, 02:41 AM
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Looking better every day! I like the way the end graft ties in with the side port geometry too.

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Old 02-13-2020, 10:11 AM
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Looking better every day! I like the way the end graft ties in with the side port geometry too.

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That's a nice observation Colin. I hadn't thought of that. Ray does like his designs to be cohesive.

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Just beautiful documentation of this special guitar! Hang in there with your wait time!!
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John, canít believe I missed this!! Excited your build is finally here. Loving the design and the wood choices so far. Canít wait for final product!
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John, canít believe I missed this!! Excited your build is finally here. Loving the design and the wood choices so far. Canít wait for final product!
Thanks for the nice thoughts Matt. Great to hear from you.
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John, I have never seen a square "sound port". Is shape only aesthetic, or is there an acoustic reason?

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John, I have never seen a square "sound port". Is shape only aesthetic, or is there an acoustic reason?

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Thanks for asking Steve. The shape is purely aesthetic. I let Ray choose the shape. I suggested a boring oval since it was near the sound hole. As Colin suggested, Ray may have wanted to tie in the shape with the end graft. Ray did tell me that the shape was not made for sound or structural reasons. The shape of the side sound port is actually a trapezoid; the two sides are parallel, but the top and bottom edges follow the edges of the top and back of the guitar. At that point, the back is sloping from being shallower toward the front of the guitar and deeper towards the back. The difference is subtle, and I don't think I have a photo that shows it.
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Canít wait to see and hear this beauty! Ray is the man!
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Can’t wait to see and hear this beauty! Ray is the man!
Thanks Dustin! Yes, Ray is the man. I am constantly impressed watching him create a playable work of art from a few pieces of wood. He makes it look so easy too.
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I asked Ray to come up with an end graft that matched the rosette and headstock. He once again exceeded my expectations.





The guitar has been sanded and is off to finish. Now the long wait!
Wow, beautiful and unique headstock and end graft. Super nice. Congrats on what looks like it will be a masterpiece.
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Old 02-16-2020, 08:16 PM
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Wow, beautiful and unique headstock and end graft. Super nice. Congrats on what looks like it will be a masterpiece.
Thanks so much for the bump Jamiejoon. I see in your profile that you live in the Bay Area. I lived there for most of my life. I miss all the good restaurants and Gryphon Stringed Instruments. A lot of great luthiers work near there too!
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I'm not sure how I've missed this thread, but what a treat to find it. I mean this as no disrespect to anyone, but no one builds a guitar like Ray. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed all the pictures, from the very first shot of that insane top.
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Old 02-19-2020, 12:18 PM
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I'm not sure how I've missed this thread, but what a treat to find it. I mean this as no disrespect to anyone, but no one builds a guitar like Ray. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed all the pictures, from the very first shot of that insane top.
Thanks so much James! I really appreciate your post.

I will try to post more photos soon.
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:44 PM
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My guitar is still at finish, so I thought I would post some other interesting photos I have taken at Ray's shop over the last year.

Here is one of the many vacuum clamps Ray uses. This is gluing the laminated/double sides together:


This is Ray using a jig he made to route the binding channel:


The following is one of my favorites. This is the rotary tool that Ray uses to carve his unique rosettes. The tool uses compressed air to spin at a crazy 50,000 RPM's and he routinely uses bits as small as 10/1,000 of an inch! A typical piece of paper is about 3/1,000 of an inch thick. The metal jig that the tool sits in was machined for Ray by a friend of his.


The next photo shows a closeup of a rosette Ray created last year. It is amazing to watch him carve all the intricate lines, and not even use a magnifying glass. This is NOT the rosette for my guitar.


That's all I have for now. Ray and I should be picking my guitar up from finish next week. The guitar will still have to cure for a month before Ray sands it by hand and buffs it.
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Old 02-22-2020, 11:13 PM
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If Ray wasn't a luthier I suspect he'd be a neurosurgeon. His patience and eye for fine detail are incredible!

Is the finish being done locally John?
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Old 02-23-2020, 10:39 PM
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If Ray wasn't a luthier I suspect he'd be a neurosurgeon. His patience and eye for fine detail are incredible!

Is the finish being done locally John?
Thanks Colin. Yes, Ray does have a great eye for detail. I especially like how he is able to create interesting, artful shapes out of simple lines and curves.

Ray's finisher works in Phoenix, Arizona, about a two hour drive from Tucson. We will hopefully be driving to pick up my pore-filled and nitro-sprayed guitar in a couple days. I will post some photos of course.
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