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Old 08-28-2020, 03:59 PM
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I bought from Steve a Zephyr last year also with the AAAA Adi spruce top. Such a joy to play. Some lucky person is getting a great deal on this guitar.
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Old 08-29-2020, 07:41 AM
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Hi Steve - we've met a few times at shows and it's great to see both that you're still building fantastic guitars AND that this one is a showpiece!!

Really fine work - and I'm sure tone to match.

Could you post a closeup of (either) sound port? Thanks!!

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Old 08-31-2020, 09:41 PM
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Apologies for the delay responding. I am away from home for about ten days, in the aftermath of a death in the family...

I dug through my photo cache and found this photo of the upper bout sound port, taken before finish was applied. Both ports are trimmed exactly alike, however the lower bout port has a 25% smaller aperture than the one on the upper bout. I find this gives a very balanced tonal response, as the upper bout tends to emphasize the bass end, while the lower bout port brings out more of the midrange and treble.
Both ports are a 2020 style I have been hooked on. They're inlaid with bound and purfled "badges". In this case, there's a Macassar Ebony surround, with Cross-grain Zebra wood purflings, bordered by dyed blue veneer lines. The actual aperture is bound with a Macassar Ebony ring.


Here's another shot showing both ports. Sorry, they're a little dark, and I'm not able to adjust the brightness remotely. But you can see how the whole theme of the trim work is unified, using the Zebra wood purflings, blue veneer lines, and other subtle details that don't reveal themselves until you get right up close.
Thanks for asking, and thanks also for your kind comments!

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Thanks much for the soundport pictures -- I anticipated they'd be spectacular and I was right!

Sympathies for your loss - going through some of that myself.

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Thank you so much, Phil. I wish you peace and solace with your situation as well.
My father, Edwin Sheriff, passed away peacefully, at home, on August 12. He had a good long run-- 95 years, 3 1/2 months. Over the years of my lutherie career, I have built 132 guitars (so far) with his name on them, and that made him feel proud and honored. That's where the Edwinson brand name came from-- I'm Edwin's son.
May we all live well and be well, while we're still here!
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Old 09-10-2020, 09:11 AM
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So sorry for your loss Steve. My mother passed on Sunday so I know all too well how hard this is.
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Very sorry for your loss, Steve--your father's spirit lives on through your amazing guitars.
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This Zephyr 00 is still available. Come check it out while we're between hurricanes!
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Steve, I just saw the post regarding your father, the namesake of your fantastic guitars and I would like to extend my sympathies. I know how much of yourself went into his care, far beyond what most people could do.
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I'll be the spoiler here. I reached out to Steve a few weeks ago about taking a trip over to Fairhope from Covington (LA) to A/B this beautiful guitar against my equally beautiful SCGC Skye 00. I was interested in this guitar because both are the same tonewoods. A primary motivation for me was that I really miss not having a cutaway on the SC so if tonally I felt it was at a minimum the equal to the Skye 00, it might come home with me.

I did the visit along with my brother yesterday and got to meet not only Steve but his compadre Joel Teel. I'm happy to say I have bought this guitar and I'll probably be putting the Skye 00 up for sale. The Skye 00 is a superlative instrument but I think the Zephyr will fit my playing style a bit better with not only the cutaway but its voicing is more "orchestral" with a bit wetter/lusher bottom and top end. The Skye 00 is punchier, "funkier", and (probably) the slightly more projective of the two. My brother has played for over 50 years and is a fantastic blues guitarist and he just tore it up on the Skye 00 and that makes sense since its design mission was the signature instrument of an amazing jazz guitarist.

Steve and Joel share a beautiful shop and I really enjoyed the 3+ hours we spent there and hope to spend more time with them in the future. Both of these luthiers are committed to their craft and I am over the moon on the finish details and the tone of this guitar.
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I'll be the spoiler here. I reached out to Steve a few weeks ago about taking a trip over to Fairhope from Covington (LA) to A/B this beautiful guitar against my equally beautiful SCGC Skye 00. I was interested in this guitar because both are the same tonewoods. A primary motivation for me was that I really miss not having a cutaway on the SC so if tonally I felt it was at a minimum the equal to the Skye 00, it might come home with me.

I did the visit along with my brother yesterday and got to meet not only Steve but his compadre Joel Teel. I'm happy to say I have bought this guitar and I'll probably be putting the Skye 00 up for sale. The Skye 00 is a superlative instrument but I think the Zephyr will fit my playing style a bit better with not only the cutaway but its voicing is more "orchestral" with a bit wetter/lusher bottom and top end. The Skye 00 is punchier, "funkier", and (probably) the slightly more projective of the two. My brother has played for over 50 years and is a fantastic blues guitarist and he just tore it up on the Skye 00 and that makes sense since its design mission was the signature instrument of an amazing jazz guitarist.

Steve and Joel share a beautiful shop and I really enjoyed the 3+ hours we spent there and hope to spend more time with them in the future. Both of these luthiers are committed to their craft and I am over the moon on the finish details and the tone of this guitar.

Congrats to both you and Steve.. I hoped you‘d buy the Zephyr... I recently had contacted Steve about his older „De Profundis“ that was offered in the Classifieds, when I became / was made aware of this Zephyr..... I lucked out on the De Profundis and am really happy the Zephyr found an appreciating new home.
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