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Old 02-07-2015, 06:32 AM
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Haha awesome. Heard the sound clips of one of the 10 on a website, sublime. Don't forgo the LS top at account of me! It would be quite nice to have a sibling for my guitar haha of course, nothing wrong with a nice piece of master grade moon spruce
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Old 02-07-2015, 10:13 AM
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Really nice back and sides Marcus! Congratulations!
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Old 02-07-2015, 06:19 PM
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Really nice back and sides Marcus! Congratulations!
Thanks! You're welcome to drop by and play it if you want
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Old 02-11-2015, 08:07 AM
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This must be Joel's idea of a joke. All he sent me was a picture of the Lucky Strike getting shaved! D: Haha he is currently preoccupied with a couple of builds (one of which is dreamincolor's I suspect) which he is finishing up. He has sent me a few more updated photos but were taken on his mobile so we will have to wait till his next update with his DSLR!

AFAIK, he has finished work on the back strip inlay along with the end wedge inlay, so I think we will get to see them these weekend! I can't wait


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Old 02-17-2015, 05:50 AM
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It has been an extremely long 2 weeks and I have finally gotten the next set of photo updates!

The book matched top and back plates are joined together. Despite being a simple looking task, it is extremely important to get it right. You would want a perfectly tight joint between the two halves. Joel does something called candling where he holds the joint together facing a light or window, and when no light passes through anywhere along the joint, he is good to go.



Work on the back strip inlay made of Wenge and Burl begins. A bunch of various samples are prepped which can be worked into the finish product



The separations are all in Maple. Notice how the Wenge grain switches direction, adding a small amount of depth and texture to end result



The inlay is almost complete! This inlay is trickier than his usual shattered glass inlay as the parallel lines have to be maintained otherwise it would look messy and amateurish



Voila! The finished emblem framed in Maple/Ebony. I'm LOVING it!



This here is the centre back strip being glued up. This photo is somehow extremely satisfying to behold :P



The back strip and centre emblem resting on "The Tree"

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Old 02-17-2015, 06:08 AM
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The channel is then routed to accept the centre strip



This is a little trick Joel learnt from carpentry. Basically, he makes the inlay a touch longer than the routed channel causing the strip to bow slightly as seen in the picture. All he has to do then I push down on the bow and the inlay will fit snugly into routed channel! Sounds like sorcery to me



All glued in and cleaned up! Joel was tempted to leave it as it is - clean and simple, but he knows I like something a little bit more special, hence the emblem inlay. WOW, look at that figure pop under the finish, simply stunning!



The second channel for the emblem is routed



Aaaaand.... TADAH! The finished back! I couldn't be any happier with the outcome The only qualm I have with it is how he didn't add the finish over the main inlay! D:



And to make matters worse, Joel sent me this photo saying "I have some bad news, it looks like the back is just a bit narrow for my OM-R templates.... don't worry I will add 'wings' on to the lower bout and all will be fine " which undoubtedly sent me into panicked frenzy before I realised he had just rotated "The Tree" back 180 degrees. PHEW!

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Old 02-17-2015, 06:22 AM
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Seeing the inlay come to life starting from the raw materials really brings a whole new level of appreciation for a luthier's skills. The amount of patience, artistic vision, dexterity and determination required to perform such a seemingly small task is enormous!
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And to make matters worse, Joel sent me this photo saying "I have some bad news, it looks like the back is just a bit narrow for my OM-R templates.... don't worry I will add 'wings' on to the lower bout and all will be fine " which undoubtedly sent me into panicked frenzy before I realised he had just rotated "The Tree" back 180 degrees. PHEW!



A cruel joke...which doesn't seem to "fit a pattern".
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Old 02-17-2015, 08:26 AM
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Hahaha! You cannot imagine. I could not believe what I had just read. Cruel indeed! I wouldn't recommend Joel to the faint of heart :P
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:33 PM
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Sadly no Memphis build for me...I have to keep my Tree in the US and actually need to buy more of it so dollars are just not there.

It has gotten stupid even with paperwork to export 60 year old Mahogany and I don't want to go to jail or lose rare and expensive wood in an an argument with people that don't care. To much discretion at different ports of entry to question, hold or keep items even what is obviously a pre manufactured guitar kit with a pre-CITIES paper trail! Even with paperwork you can be doomed.
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:50 PM
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And to make matters worse, Joel sent me this photo saying "I have some bad news, it looks like the back is just a bit narrow for my OM-R templates.... don't worry I will add 'wings' on to the lower bout and all will be fine " which undoubtedly sent me into panicked frenzy before I realised he had just rotated "The Tree" back 180 degrees. PHEW!

HA! What a great joke! I know it's been said before but this is going to be one seriously fine looking guitar and Joel is doing a great job with this precious wood.

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HA! What a great joke! I know it's been said before but this is going to be one seriously fine looking guitar and Joel is doing a great job with this precious wood.

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I thought it was funny. But I'm a sick dude.
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:58 AM
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Default Memphis Build Thread - Michaud OM-R Lucky Strike/"The Tree"

Joel is building my guitar later this year, glad I know about that one. I'd probably have a heart attack.
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:24 PM
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Sadly no Memphis build for me...I have to keep my Tree in the US and actually need to buy more of it so dollars are just not there.

It has gotten stupid even with paperwork to export 60 year old Mahogany and I don't want to go to jail or lose rare and expensive wood in an an argument with people that don't care. To much discretion at different ports of entry to question, hold or keep items even what is obviously a pre manufactured guitar kit with a pre-CITIES paper trail! Even with paperwork you can be doomed.
That sounds like real pain in the behind Jay. I hope that matters don't get out of hand and best of luck with your new acquisitions
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:34 PM
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HA! What a great joke! I know it's been said before but this is going to be one seriously fine looking guitar and Joel is doing a great job with this precious wood.

JR
It sure is starting to look that way! if I'm not mistaken, it is Joel's first time working with "The Tree" and we are both extremely excited to see how it turns out

Your build seems to be coming around splendidly as well JR. Can't wait to see the finished product!

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