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Old 02-28-2011, 10:51 AM
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Wade,
I saw your guitar at Howard's shop...well...the body and neck separately of course..and it looked just wonderful..

And while I was there I played 3 of Howard's guitars he had on hand including a brand new smaller bodied guitar..

All 3 were magnificent sounding, playing, and looking instruments...

And after getting a much appreciated opportunity to listen to and talk with Howard about his approach to various aspects of guitar building it's perfectly clear that you're going to get everything you asked for and more...

BTW..you haven't truly experienced luthier "geek speak" until you've witnessed 2 world class builders wax rhapsodical about a certain rare type of 3M fine grit sandpaper that Howard managed to find and hoard...!

Oh..and also...I didn't know this until I was at Howard's shop and actually saw the obviously authentic autographed photos, but Howard was Marilyn Monroe's extra special favorite guitar instructor..

Hopefully Howard will chime in here and perhaps tell some tales..!!

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Old 02-28-2011, 08:58 PM
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"BTW..you haven't truly experienced luthier "geek speak" until you've witnessed 2 world class builders wax rhapsodical about a certain rare type of 3M fine grit sandpaper that Howard managed to find and hoard...!"

LOL... I love it
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:38 PM
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...Anyway, if I had wanted a strict copy of the Gibson design I probably would have taken the commission to some other builder, but for me it was never a question of "Can you make an exact Gibson AJ copy?" but, rather, "What can you do with this idea and overall design?"
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Hi Wade,

Being a longtime Gibson AJ owner myself, I have to say I am intrigued by this idea. Like so many here, I am anxious to see and hear how this all works out for you. April is kind of a long way away, but I understand your concerns about the Alaska weather. Maybe you should wait until June...

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Old 02-28-2011, 11:43 PM
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Actually, April isn't all that far off, it's only a month away. Given the curing time that the lacquer needs, all I'd save - at most - would be a couple of weeks, if that, if Howard were to ship it the moment it was completed.

This way he can show it around, have some fun with it, and not feel any pressure from me to hurry up and rush the guitar off.

Am I eager to get the guitar? Of course I am. But I'm not in a hurry. It's kind of like swearing off sweets for Lent: they're that much tastier on Easter morning simply because you've held off for that long.

Letting Howard hang onto the guitar for a while also makes sense in a practical way because sometimes little problems on these custom instruments won't manifest themselves for a week or two. This way they can raise their ugly little heads, thinking that the coast is clear, only to have Howard say: "A-HA!! Gotcha!!"

So it isn't a matter of me being noble and patient, but sheer pragmatism on my part to insist on Howard waiting a little while to ship the guitar. And hopefully he can get a little bit of mileage out of the guitar this way, too.

Hope that makes sense.


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Old 03-01-2011, 03:04 AM
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Oh..and also...I didn't know this until I was at Howard's shop and actually saw the obviously authentic autographed photos, but Howard was Marilyn Monroe's extra special favorite guitar instructor..

LC

Apparently Howard schooled her in the Wes Montgomery style ...


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Old 03-01-2011, 01:16 PM
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Well, that was cute, Murrmac, but not only am I better-looking than the scrawny little peckerwood you gave my word balloon to, but the word "y'all" is the plural form of the word you. Well brought up scions of old South Carolina families like me never use "y'all" when addressing one person, only if there are two or more.

Now, TEXANS will perform that particular act of butchery on the English language, say "y'all" for one person and use "all y'all" when addressing more than one, but not someone with roots in Charleston like me.

Just so you know....


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Old 03-01-2011, 01:31 PM
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Thanks, Wade, for that gracious and erudite response.

I have to confess I had some trepidation about putting that particular post up on the thread, but when I get a feed like Larry's , I just gotta run with it ...

I am still awaiting Howard's response with trepidation, but fortunately I have an underground bunker which should survive the fiercest onslaught ...

BTW, shouldn't that be "Just so's you know" ... ???
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:56 PM
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Thanks, Wade, for that gracious and erudite response.
Well, I try.

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I am still awaiting Howard's response with trepidation, but fortunately I have an underground bunker which should survive the fiercest onslaught ...
Howard mentioned to me that he and his sweetheart have a trip out of town in the works, so he might have already left on that journey. So don't take it personally if there's a lull in the conversation - Howard may need a while before he can reply.

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BTW, shouldn't that be "Just so's you know" ... ???
No, that's yet another American dialect, East Coast someplace, New York City, maybe. Not South Carolina and not Missouri, which are the two places where I have my roots and spent most of my formative years.


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Old 03-15-2011, 12:52 PM
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Okey dokey folks. We're back. I rubbed out the lacquer the past couple of days. Came out quite well, if I say so myself. I've abandoned my efforts at motorizing parts of the finish sanding process and gone back to old fashioned wet sanding by hand up to 1200 grit (CAMI system for you sanding geeks; that's 2000+ for those of you using the P grit system). It just works better for leveling and getting out all the scratches. The hands are more sensitive than a random orbit sander (duh!). But boy, are my arms tired!

The photos are not going to to show accurate color, and everything looks darker than it really is. This is under shop light with reflections of various stuff, especially the white towels on my bench. But here's a few anyway. The neck is just sitting there for looks. I put the bridge on before installing the neck.





Here's the back of the neck and an amorphous blob of plastic that is to become the pickguard. I've been making my own pickguard material from epoxy finishing resin. Basically the same thing John Greven does. It's fun in an alchemical sort of way. Neither neck nor pickguard is as dark as they seem here.



I'll try for some more accurate photos as I move along.
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Man, Howard, everything just screams purity in elegance. Nothing jumps out with gaudy appeal, but everything whispers quiet confidence of royal pedigree. "Simply" beautiful.
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:05 PM
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Beautiful! Very nice!

BTW, is that an 0-16NY she's playing?
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Old 03-15-2011, 04:29 PM
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Made and glued the bridge this afternoon:

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Old 03-15-2011, 04:40 PM
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wow, that's looking absolutely gorgeous!
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Old 03-15-2011, 04:41 PM
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Looks like I can hope for your company soon, Howard!
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:38 PM
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Just beautiful Howard!
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