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Old 08-30-2021, 12:34 PM
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Quit playing on the internet Steve…..we have work to do
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Both of you gentlemen have been building BEAUTIFUL guitars!!!

May your travels be safe, boring, and uneventful!!! And may BIG be a BLAST...

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Was so great to meet you and play your guitars finally, Steve...All three of these beauties really blew me away...superlative performance guitars with looks and tone to match. Hope you had safe and smooth travels back.



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I confess, when I brought my guitars to the B.I.G. show, I really didn't feel like they were ready for prime time yet. I worked many long days to get them built in time; and I had switched from Seagrave to Cardinal lacquer for these guitars, and it behaves quite differently. So I had some last minute issues with the lacquer on all three guitars, and getting them assembled and strung up was a mad last minute rush.

Realistically, if you're showing new guitars in public, you should have them completely done a month ahead of time, minimum. They need to settle in and wake up. My three were just a few frantic days old when we hit the road for Texas.

I was very nervous about Dustin playing them- I thought my guitars would bark and squawk and growl and chirp, like feeding time at the zoo... But Dustin made them sound awesome. He could make any guitar sound like a cathedral, and he was able to coax out some very nice nuanced tone out of these greenhorn guitars.
Now, I'm convinced that Dustin imbued all three with some kind of special magic, because they are awake now, and they know what they are supposed to do. They all have unique voices, with lots of color and character emerging.

Now I just wish I could hand every new guitar I make to Dustin for a few minutes- or hours! Dude has magic hands! What a great way for a guitar to start a musical life, huh?
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I confess, when I brought my guitars to the B.I.G. show, I really didn't feel like they were ready for prime time yet. I worked many long days to get them built in time; and I had switched from Seagrave to Cardinal lacquer for these guitars, and it behaves quite differently. So I had some last minute issues with the lacquer on all three guitars, and getting them assembled and strung up was a mad last minute rush.

Realistically, if you're showing new guitars in public, you should have them completely done a month ahead of time, minimum. They need to settle in and wake up. My three were just a few frantic days old when we hit the road for Texas.

I was very nervous about Dustin playing them- I thought my guitars would bark and squawk and growl and chirp, like feeding time at the zoo... But Dustin made them sound awesome. He could make any guitar sound like a cathedral, and he was able to coax out some very nice nuanced tone out of these greenhorn guitars.
Now, I'm convinced that Dustin imbued all three with some kind of special magic, because they are awake now, and they know what they are supposed to do. They all have unique voices, with lots of color and character emerging.

Now I just wish I could hand every new guitar I make to Dustin for a few minutes- or hours! Dude has magic hands! What a great way for a guitar to start a musical life, huh?
Steve, I was particularly taken with the guitar that I believe has Malaysian Blackwood back and sides. I am amazed at how easily the sound leapt from that instrument. What a wonderful tone! I know you’re enjoying playing it, but someone really should buy that from you. It’s terrific!
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I agree with Mike: hopefully they find new homes soon. Yes, Dustin is an amazing guitarist. But, you did a wonderful work on these guitars! Beautiful! It was great to meet you; I enjoyed our conversations. Dave
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Steve…
One of the most difficult aspects (for me) of being a luthier, is being able to be objective about my own work. For six months I spend hundreds of hours looking at the development of an instrument (including performing my own finishing work)…and upon its completion, I simply can’t look at it with the same eyes that I look upon another luthier’s completed guitar. Because of being involved in every aspect of the process, my mind focuses on every teeny-tiny imperfection…things I know will never be noticed by anyone else. I realize that it’s totally irrational, yet I can’t escape the trap which my mind has created for myself. It takes me about three months to “un-remember” these things, and to truly be able to embrace and love a guitar that I’ve built.
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I really appreciate all the kind comments, guys. And, Joel, you hit the bulls-eye on that comment. Many of us luthiers are by nature kind of hermit-like, and we tend to work very privately, and with intense focus. You almost have to be that way to be a guitar maker. So it's easy to get a little tunnel-vision, and you begin to lose objectivity because you're so minutely aware of every little thing in those guitars you're making, and sort of out of touch with the rest of the world around you.

And then going to an event like the B.I.G. show is a jolt to the senses. Us hermits are now having more social activity than almost any other time in a given year. It's exhilarating sensory overload, especially when you see the guitars your colleagues make, which for me is always a humbling experience.
I always wonder if my work is fit to be displayed with the guitars made by all these other people who I respect and admire as Masters of the craft. But then, I talk with my luthier pals, and come to understand (again and again) that none of us are perfect, and we all experience the same issues while striving to do our best work. That is the never-ending impulse that inspires us to try to do better with each successive build. The Holy Grail is always tantalizingly close, but always just out of reach...

This Forum, and gatherings like Tom's B.I.G. put it all in perspective, though. there's a lot of love going around, and we're all in this together, celebrating each other, the guitars, the music, and the mutual joyful experience of a shared passion.
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I really appreciate all the kind comments, guys. And, Joel, you hit the bulls-eye on that comment. Many of us luthiers are by nature kind of hermit-like, and we tend to work very privately, and with intense focus. You almost have to be that way to be a guitar maker. So it's easy to get a little tunnel-vision, and you begin to lose objectivity because you're so minutely aware of every little thing in those guitars you're making, and sort of out of touch with the rest of the world around you.

And then going to an event like the B.I.G. show is a jolt to the senses. Us hermits are now having more social activity than almost any other time in a given year. It's exhilarating sensory overload, especially when you see the guitars your colleagues make, which for me is always a humbling experience.
I always wonder if my work is fit to be displayed with the guitars made by all these other people who I respect and admire as Masters of the craft. But then, I talk with my luthier pals, and come to understand (again and again) that none of us are perfect, and we all experience the same issues while striving to do our best work. That is the never-ending impulse that inspires us to try to do better with each successive build. The Holy Grail is always tantalizingly close, but always just out of reach...

This Forum, and gatherings like Tom's B.I.G. put it all in perspective, though. there's a lot of love going around, and we're all in this together, celebrating each other, the guitars, the music, and the mutual joyful experience of a shared passion.

I think you nailed it here. Trust me, the doubts don't just end with the luthiers as the organizers are not immune to these same fears of failure. Hearing how good your guitars are from others is equivalent to hearing that people had a great time!
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