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Old 01-17-2019, 10:49 AM
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Love how old school and austere that guitar looks....brilliant design.
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Old 01-17-2019, 06:53 PM
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Love how old school and austere that guitar looks....brilliant design.
Thanks ukejon! Iím feeling successful with reaching my vision for this guitar. It looks old but and thatís because the woods are old, a lot of the techniques and methods making it are old, and the design is heavily influenced by the old guitars. So without doing any ďrelicĒ work I accomplished what I set out to do. Itís comfortable and so far sounds great!

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Old 01-18-2019, 10:03 AM
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Default The Case

I've said earlier that I am making a coffin case for this guitar. While building the guitar I have been working out the details and materials to do this. For reference I want a case along the lines of this one:



With the help of my fellow AGFers we came to going with an emerald green crushed velvet for the interior. While the older cases had some pretty funky colors like dusty rose we're sticking with green. I'll be painting the exterior of the case black. To keep the case light I am using 5 ply Baltic Birch plywood and old box joint corners. Box joints are usually 90 degrees so I had to make a special multi angle box joint router jig to accomplish the lightweight strong joints that a coffin case has so many of;





I am willing to stretch the "no relic" rule a bit for the case because using shiny gold hardware will not be appropriate. There is an amazing amount
of hardware on a case which needs to be sourced from multiple vendors. I am going with what is usually called an antique brass finish which is fairly common. So I got hinges, and latches, and bumpers, screws etc. but I have been unable to source feet. The feet would be on the bottom when you lay the guitar case down. They would also be on the other bottom when you stand the guitar up and you probably need them on the side for when you are holding the guitar case by the handle and want to just set the guitar case down, in other words, I need a whole mess of them and they only come in stupid shiny gold!

This called for spending some time on Google to learn how to make an antique brass finish on a shiny gold foot;



Those are the feet. How do you do it? Why you burn it--



You get it red hot and then you drop it in water:



Easy Peasy



And the case project marches forward crushing all obstacles!
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Old 01-19-2019, 01:07 AM
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Great job! I like the look of those. I once used gun barrel bluing on new standard screws for an aged look on a vintage art sign. The dip process was instantaneous. Been watching this thread and enjoyed the case creation/dovetailing joints almost as much as the guitar. Thanks for sharing.
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Here are more pictures of the almost completed Woodsman:




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I swear, Mark, I would love to have a poster of these pics for my studio wall! I'd love to have the guitar even more, of course, but G.A.S. is driving me to the poorhouse as it is. I hope, for my sake, you sell it quickly!

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Nice case. Do you also make artisanal coffins?
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Old 01-19-2019, 10:06 AM
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Great job! I like the look of those. I once used gun barrel bluing on new standard screws for an aged look on a vintage art sign. The dip process was instantaneous. Been watching this thread and enjoyed the case creation/dovetailing joints almost as much as the guitar. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks DMZ, Yeah, I was happy how easy this turned out. It took longer to photograph than to actually do!

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I swear, Mark, I would love to have a poster of these pics for my studio wall! I'd love to have the guitar even more, of course, but G.A.S. is driving me to the poorhouse as it is. I hope, for my sake, you sell it quickly!
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Hi Stan, Thanks! If youíd like a poster you could go to my Flickr site and download the pictures in full resolution. I do not have restrictions on any of the photos you see there.

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Nice case. Do you also make artisanal coffins?
Now thereís an idea! Iíd certainly not ever have to worry about customer satisfaction. I suppose a long build wait list could be a problem though!
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Default Woodsman sound sample

Charlie was over today and played a few sound samples for me to record. I have more to put up this weekend but, here is the first one:



This is an unedited recording.

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Wow amazing tone, congratulations!
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Charlie was over today and played a few sound samples for me to record. I have more to put up this weekend but, here is the first one:







This is an unedited recording.



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Unsurprisingly beautiful!!!
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Wow amazing tone, congratulations!
Thanks for commenting Ovation1. Iím very pleased with this new model. The deep body and old woods do a lot to build the dynamic range and tone. I hope to make a lot of these!

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Have to say - thatís one of the best sounding guitars/demos I have heard...amazing!
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My goodness the whole thing is BOSS!

I love the antiquing on the hardware. And the Video sound is tremendous already! Nice job Charlie, this axe sounds FINE INDEED.

Congratulations on a very successful build!!!!

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That classic Hatcher tonal clarity and balance. Such a beautiful instrument. Great project, Mark.
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Old 02-01-2019, 11:21 AM
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Have to say - thatís one of the best sounding guitars/demos I have heard...amazing!
Thanks DamianL, The sound of the guitar really came through well on this recording. I'll probably use this sample for the Woodsman page of my new website I'm working on.

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My goodness the whole thing is BOSS!

I love the antiquing on the hardware. And the Video sound is tremendous already! Nice job Charlie, this axe sounds FINE INDEED.

Congratulations on a very successful build!!!!

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Thanks Paul, I've collected pretty much everything I need for the case so I'll be moving along on that too.

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That classic Hatcher tonal clarity and balance. Such a beautiful instrument. Great project, Mark.
Thanks ukejon. I'm very happy how this came out. A lot of noise from a little box!

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