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Old 04-18-2018, 03:02 PM
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Default Custom Build: Rocky Mountain Guitar "Little Bear"by Jeff Bamburg

I've known Jeff for a handful of years now as I used to have one of his JSB models. Now more of an "adult" with some funds, I wanted to have a guitar built for me since I've never done that before. Jeff was the first guy I wanted to call. He now has his own guitar shop in Salida, CO and also builds guitar under that name, Rocky Mountain Guitars.

We are actually building 2 guitars. This thread is for the first one. I had an idea of getting a smaller guitar with some special woods. Being a Christian, I was always interested in Sinker woods. Being that they were once left to sink in water and forgotten about, and then raised to life to be made into something beautiful and with a purpose. Cool, right? So Jeff and I worked to find some Sinker Redwood top and Sinker Mahogany B&S. An all Sinker guitar.

Here are some of the main specs:
  • Model: Little Bear (FSC Bamburg size)
  • Top: Sinker Redwood
  • B&S: Sinker Mahogany
  • Binding: Bloodwood
  • Rosette: Bloodwood
  • Tuners: Gotoh Mini 510
  • Nut: 1-3/4"
  • Scale: 25.5"

I'll start posting some pics of the project as it's being completed and Jeff will probably chime in here. Looking forward to these projects! Jeff builds top of the line guitars. I've owned alot of brands and his are up there among and mostly above the rest. A true master of his craft.

Here are some pics of the raw materials. Will post more phases in the comments.

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Old 04-18-2018, 03:03 PM
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Back Bracing & Sides:

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Old 04-18-2018, 03:05 PM
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Top Thicknessing. Jeff uses a cool frequency machine and glitter to find the optimal top thickness prior to bracing. I'll let him answer questions.

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Old 04-18-2018, 03:41 PM
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Oh, very cool! I'm a new owner of an FSC ( '14) and it will be fun to see how yours comes together.
Great combo on the woods.......
I've described my FSC as a "delicate beast"! LOL. Very "alive" with great tone and resonance.
I look forward to following along.
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Old 04-22-2018, 02:28 PM
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Congratulations, great choice!!! Jeff builds supreme instruments. I will follow with interest as I have a Bamburg build coming up later this year, an FSC in EIR-Cedar. The FSC is one of the most beautiful guitars out there for sure...

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Old 04-26-2018, 01:34 PM
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A little work on the top bracing!

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The Mahogany back is simply beautiful. Congrats. Could he not tune the top into a smiley face vs. a frown with eye wrinkles though?
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It's been awhile since I've updated. Here are some more progress pics that Jeff sent over to me. Looking really good! He's not too far from being done with this one!

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Here is an update. First pic is Jeff fitting the bridge and getting the right scale length. The 2nd is the body after 1st coat of finish. Almost done!!
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That’s a Fine looking guitar!
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GORGEOUS!!
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So gorgeous! The bloodwood binding ties everything together nicely. I'll bet it is going to sound wonderful.
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The Mahogany back is simply beautiful. Congrats. Could he not tune the top into a smiley face vs. a frown with eye wrinkles though?
Not sure about the face part, but I too LOVE that back. Sinker HOG! Yum

This will be fun!

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Redwood and mahogany are nice choices ... this will be very nice indeed!
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Thatís a lovely top! Coming together nicely.
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