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Beautful work Dion, if they play and sound anything like mine then someone is going to be extremely happy.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:23 PM
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Loving the hard champher edges to the bridge!!
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Old 01-15-2020, 02:46 PM
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Beautful work Dion, if they play and sound anything like mine then someone is going to be extremely happy.


Thanks Robert, They really do! Iím extremely thrilled with how they turned out.

I havenít had the time as I was cramming for NAMM, but Iíll send the info card when I get home.
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OK Dion ... my shop is officially filthy compared to yours!

That bridge is gorgeous!
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OK Dion ... my shop is officially filthy compared to yours!



That bridge is gorgeous!


Bit if delayed response on my part. I was completely consumed by preparing for and then executing my second NAMM experience .[emoji15] now to rest!

Thanks Dave, weíve got a really small shop with three of us in it l, if we donít keep it clean it becomes useless pretty quick. Plus I feel it frees my mind to do clean work. Thanks again for the kind words! I hope your 2020 is starting off well.
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Old 01-25-2020, 11:24 AM
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Thanks for following along!

The epoxy finish Iíve been using on my necks off and in for the last couple years has now become my standard. It feels so nice, thin and smooth.

Iím using a product called ecopoxy, itís really gentle stuff, doesnít smell. I sand the neck to 320, wipe it with a damp rag to raise the grain, then sand again with 320. This insureds that the finish will not become textured in the future caused by the grain swelling.

I wipe a thin coat of epoxy on, being careful on the fingerboard not to fill the slots. I then wipe as much of it off as possible using an old cotton sheet which is lint free. I wipe and wipe, by the end lightly burnishing the epoxy with a little speed and pressure.

The result is really nice, and fun transformation to be a part of.

Iíd love to finish an entire guitar this way! Itíd be the perfect in between of the two finishes I currently offer. Rich looking, but not glossy. More durable than French polished shellac, Slightly less durable than the u.v polyester.
Iíve used the Ecopoxy for some replacement panel I made for my camper. Yes, it doesnít smell, goes on thick, and gives great protection, perfect for my application. Cool how you have adapted it to give the thin, protective in-the-wood type finish. Your guitars always look spectacular and I enjoy following your builds, hope you get the chance some day to finish a whole guitar this way. I think it would look and feel amazing.
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Iíve used the Ecopoxy for some replacement panel I made for my camper. Yes, it doesnít smell, goes on thick, and gives great protection, perfect for my application. Cool how you have adapted it to give the thin, protective in-the-wood type finish. Your guitars always look spectacular and I enjoy following your builds, hope you get the chance some day to finish a whole guitar this way. I think it would look and feel amazing.


Itís a good product! Thanks for the kind words and thanks for following along!
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Old 01-26-2020, 12:17 AM
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Well I thought I was done with photos for this thread. Then my pal Isaac sent me this batch he shot when I visited his shop after NAMM. Theyíre just too nice not to share. Heís clearly a good photographer and it goes with out saying around these parts that heís a great builder!

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I may have missed the info, but I just re-read this entire thread...

What woods are the necks, fingerboards and bridges on these two beauties?

One appears to be all Mahogany???

The classy understated minimalist esthetic is BOSS.

Hope you had a blast at NAMM

Cheers

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Gorgeous and tasteful!
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The soundhole binding is very classy, Dion - keep up the good work!
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Old 01-26-2020, 04:57 PM
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Dion - beautiful pair of instruments! Love your sense of simple, yet elegant design. Late to this thread, but went back and read the whole thing. Two questions if you have a minute:

1. In the sunlight picture, everything above the x-brace is dark as opposed to translucent. How do you purposefully make that area thicker" Assuming that's a part of your standard design - is it for strength in that area?

2. The inset pocket for the nut is beautiful ... I can see how it would be more comfortable for the player. Beyond aesthetics, is there any sonic advantage that you've discovered?

Thanks for sharing these two builds!

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I may have missed the info, but I just re-read this entire thread...



What woods are the necks, fingerboards and bridges on these two beauties?



One appears to be all Mahogany???



The classy understated minimalist esthetic is BOSS.



Hope your u had a blast at NAMM



Cheers



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Hey Paul,

NAMM was a wild ride, a blast!

Thanks for the kind words. Iím really a fan of pairing the guitar back to its basic parts and letting the lines and materials speak. These ones, as I was building without input from clients allowed me to really push at my design philosophy. Iím thrilled with how they came together.

The neck, fingerboards, and head veneers are all Honduran mahogany cut from the same board. The bridge and binding are also Honduran mahogany. The bridge pins, cut by my pal Burton Legyt, are also Honduran. A theme I guess! [emoji4]

So the guitars are kind of twins, everything the same except that one is Birdseye maple, the other flamed.
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Old 01-27-2020, 08:06 PM
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The soundhole binding is very classy, Dion - keep up the good work!
Thanks! I feel like it gives my very minimalist rosette some visual weight.
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