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Old 01-23-2010, 10:40 PM
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Default My Rockbridge is here!

I had ordered a personal Rockbridge but had a miscommunication with Brian and Randall and got the wrong nut width. Hands never got used to the wider neck and I ended up selling it and re-ordering. The new one has slightly different specs...decided I liked natural top rather than the sunburst and went with maple binding this time around.

Slope D
Quilted Sapele/Red Spruce
Maple Binding
1 11/16" nut width
Ivoroid Waverly tuners

So without further ado, for anyone who cares, here's my dream/lifetime guitar:














It's got the Rockbridge sound, but it's also quite distinct from any slope D's that I remember coming through. Absolutely love the bass and mid range, need to break in the treble a little more. Really strong separation for flatpicking/fingerstyle but enough blend that it'll do the job for rhythm as well. Based on first impressions, I'd bring my '52 D-28 to a jam if I expected to be playing chords and singing most of the night, the Rockbridge without question if I was picking lead.

I'm one happy camper!
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:49 PM
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Very nice Andrew, that Sapele sure looks familiar to me, wonder why ?
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Your comment about taking the RB to the jam for lead and another for singing really interests me. I always found my RB slope D was the best guitar I had for vocal accompaniment, but I always thought it was a touch on the "soft" side for serious lead work. And you are finding it just the opposite.

If I come back to the GP this year I gotta get a test drive. Even though I can't hardly play them skinny little necks.
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It is a beauty. Congratulations on the new work of art.
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I've seen/heard 4 Rockbridge guitars in person, and I liked them all. I noticed they still use a bolted dovetail neck joint. A few "experts" (who aren't sponsors) around here kept telling me bolted dovetails wouldn't work when they found out I used them on some builds.


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That is a beautiful instrument. Have fun with it.
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Beyond gorgeous. Enjoy it.
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Great looking guitar!
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lovely guitar and I bet it sounds great as well.....congrats!!!!!
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Nice guitar. I like the quilting and the Maple binding looks cool too.
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Oh--a RockBRIDGE!! (I thought you said a "RockLAND"--you'll have to do a "search" to read Allen "Pistolero" Shaad's thread on the fabled Paul RockLAND custom built "Blues Boxes," lined with crisp, new one-dollar bills! ) Allen knows a thing or two about guitars, having won hisself a custom Henderson dread (and everyone else's) for being a flatpickin' champ! Anyway...

So, in that case, congrats!! Looks like a fine git!
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Oh--a RockBRIDGE!! (I thought you said a "RockLAND"--you'll have to do a "search" to read Allen "Pistolero" Shaad's thread on the fabled Paul RockLAND custom built "Blues Boxes," lined with crisp, new one-dollar bills! ) ...
Had the same thought myself.
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Oh I know about Rockland's - figured this was the next best thing. The Rockland wait list has gotten up to 27 years or so, and I just couldn't wait.
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Congrats it looks beautiful. Rockbridge builds a great guitar!!
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Oh I know about Rockland's - figured this was the next best thing. The Rockland wait list has gotten up to 27 years or so, and I just couldn't wait.
Mine's due in any day now...I tried to write Rockland, but I made too many grammatical errors, and I think he's ignoring me now!
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I had ordered a personal Rockbridge but had a miscommunication with Brian and Randall and got the wrong nut width. Hands never got used to the wider neck and I ended up selling it and re-ordering. The new one has slightly different specs...decided I liked natural top rather than the sunburst and went with maple binding this time around.

Slope D
Quilted Sapele/Red Spruce
Maple Binding
1 11/16" nut width
Ivoroid Waverly tuners

So without further ado, for anyone who cares, here's my dream/lifetime guitar:









It's got the Rockbridge sound, but it's also quite distinct from any slope D's that I remember coming through. Absolutely love the bass and mid range, need to break in the treble a little more. Really strong separation for flatpicking/fingerstyle but enough blend that it'll do the job for rhythm as well. Based on first impressions, I'd bring my '52 D-28 to a jam if I expected to be playing chords and singing most of the night, the Rockbridge without question if I was picking lead.

I'm one happy camper!
Wow, that's gorgeous! I picked up a Slop D earlier this year and have to be careful about picking it up - I'll end up sitting there for hours.

Will do a NGD post soon.
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