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Old 03-14-2019, 01:12 PM
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Gents, that Pernambuco has great color. I haven't worked with it. Does it oxidize a bit and get a deeper orange with time? Tim is doing great work as always.

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Thanks Ken. Yes, Pernambuco does oxidize and gets a little darker and richer in color value. Naturally, finish really makes this wood pop with great color.
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Old 03-22-2019, 08:11 AM
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Default Fretboard Switcheroo: Pernambuco to African Blackwood / Fretboard inlays revealed

So we had to replace the original fretboard. Due to my availability to pick up the guitar in early June (I work overseas), I decided I didn't want to wait several months for a new Pernambuco fretboard to dry out to an acceptable level for Tim to work with it. So, I suggested we switch to an African Blackwood fretboard that Tim already had in his shop. He was happy to oblige and has continued with the build.






I came across this picture of an 1897 Martin 2-42 over a year ago at vintagemartin.com. I loved the simple snowflake inlays and asked Tim to make a general reproduction of them for my guitar. This is yet another visual element of the "19th century meets 21st century" theme:




....here is a picture of these inlays cut out of MOP:




and here are the inlays laying on the ABW fretboard (not glued in yet):

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Old 03-22-2019, 08:20 AM
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Default More progress on the fretboard

Like the original fretboard, this ABW fretboard will also have a sharp taper on the lower left side:





Gluing on ABW binding strips:






Gluing the fretboard to the neck:




A glimpse of how the fretboard will look on the body:

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The ABW looks real nice with your herringbone.
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The ABW looks real nice with your herringbone.
I totally agree Dennis. Sometimes unexplained events have a way of working out for the best in the end.
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That switcheroo was a good call. I've always preferred darker fretboards - particularly when paired with light to medium tonewoods. The contrast brings a sort of visual balance IMO. The inlays will also "pop" more.
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That switcheroo was a good call. I've always preferred darker fretboards - particularly when paired with light to medium tonewoods. The contrast brings a sort of visual balance IMO. The inlays will also "pop" more.
Sounds like we are all in consensus that this was a good call by GaultierRedon14.
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Yeah, well, I preferred the Pernambuco, but the ABW will certainly look great! The neck and headstock will be painted black, so I had intended to have the bold contrast between the P fretboard and the black neck/headstock. Still, the ABW fretboard should look gorgeous with the MOP inlays and EVO gold frets.
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Sounds like we are all in consensus that this was a good call by GaultierRedon14.
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Yeah, well, I preferred the Pernambuco, but the ABW will certainly look great! The neck and headstock will be painted black, so I had intended to have the bold contrast between the P fretboard and the black neck/headstock. Still, the ABW fretboard should look gorgeous with the MOP inlays and EVO gold frets.
LOL. They say the customer is always right!
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Old 03-27-2019, 06:01 AM
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Default Some finishing photos

The neck assembly being painted black...





Finishing the top....




and the back...





...and the sides.




The Pernambuco looks warm and brilliant under finish. Nice work!
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Tim, I never did figure out how to take a picture of myself when I was spraying! Plus my hair gets all funky with the straps from the mask. You have a better 'do' for wearing a mask The Pernambuco is indeed looking great under that finish! Very nice.

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Beautiful Tim. The Pernambuco looks really special.
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Just found this thread and read thru it from the beginning.

The only thing I can say is wow. Tim your workmanship is simply amazing and you make it all look so easy. I love the wood choices and I love the design elements. I also agree the new ABW fretboard is step up - looks very classy. Love the taper! Love the inlays! Pretty well love everything about this guitar.

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I really love the black neck and the way the fingerboard extension tapers ... reminds me a bit of an old Stauffer ... love it!
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Just found this thread and read thru it from the beginning.

The only thing I can say is wow. Tim your workmanship is simply amazing and you make it all look so easy. I love the wood choices and I love the design elements. I also agree the new ABW fretboard is step up - looks very classy. Love the taper! Love the inlays! Pretty well love everything about this guitar.

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I really love the black neck and the way the fingerboard extension tapers ... reminds me a bit of an old Stauffer ... love it!

Yes, it's turning out great so far, and the 19th century details are slowly coming together. I did, of course, take the idea for the tapered fretboard from the old Stauffer guitars, as you mentioned, David. I'm getting excited to finally see the Rodgers tuning machines--I just received confirmation that they're finished and ready to ship. I haven't seen a picture of them, however, so I'll have to wait until Tim receives them and sends some photos.
That's the only other update I have right now!
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