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Old 09-08-2018, 02:12 PM
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We now have a built guitar! As I always do, I took out my photo lights and camera to shoot a round of photos, before the finish goes on. Here are a few pictures of Mike's guitar "in the white".
The finishing work begins on Monday.







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Old 09-08-2018, 02:21 PM
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Wonderful Steve. Everything looks great. Put me down as a fan of the new bridge shape as well!
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Old 09-08-2018, 05:23 PM
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Steve, I am thrilled with how this is coming out! I'm very excited to see what this looks like with the finish on it. Thanks so much!
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Steve, I am thrilled with how this is coming out! I'm very excited to see what this looks like with the finish on it. Thanks so much!
Mike...even though Steve is a pretty-darn-good photographer...

Pictures donít do her justice. 🤔🤭😲
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Old 09-08-2018, 10:56 PM
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Mike...even though Steve is a pretty-darn-good photographer...

Pictures donít do her justice. 🤔🤭😲
Thanks, Joel! Very happy to hear that!
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Spectacular even before finish. This one is gonna be a beauty!
Congrats Mike and Steve!
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:27 AM
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Spectacular even before finish. This one is gonna be a beauty!
Congrats Mike and Steve!
Thanks very much! I'm very happy with the whole experience, and of course with how the guitar is coming out.
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Old 09-11-2018, 11:49 AM
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Really turning out well. Looks like you may have a new favorite Mike!
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Old 09-11-2018, 03:18 PM
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Really turning out well. Looks like you may have a new favorite Mike!
Thank Dennis, Iím inclined to agree! Steve keeps talking about ďsecret sauceĒ and tap tones, getting me pumped for how sheíll sound. Meanwhile, I really love the way the design all came together. Always appreciate your comments!
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Old 09-22-2018, 03:46 PM
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Weíre midway through spraying lacquer now, and Mike asked for an update with some new photos. I have two more coats to spray today (second round), and I donít usually post photos at this stage. It is, quite literally, like watching paint dry!

I finish neck and body separately, and it usually looks pretty sloppy and gloppy at this stage. Itís a pretty long and involved process, doing a proper lacquer finish, involving three rounds of sprayed coats, with lots of sanding in between; and when thatís all done, the lacquer needs to cure until hard enough to buff.
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But before that, the finish needs to be wet-sanded at progressively finer grits, from 600 all the way to 2000. That takes a lot of elbow grease! And then, hours more of buffing, polishing, buffing, polishing...
So, though it doesnít look like much right now, it will be positively radiant when itís all done.
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Old 09-22-2018, 06:38 PM
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I donít see anything gloppy! I see a deep, dark richness and love the way this is looking. I like seeing interim shots, kind of the caterpillar becoming a butterfly, it isnít just ďpoof and itís doneĒ; there are step in between, and I love seeing the transformation. Thanks for posting, Steve, and for the gorgeous work!
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Kathy and I are sitting here talking and we both LOVE this, Kathy really loves the back strip!!! I kinda like it too haha!
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wow! This is gorgeous!! Whenever I need a lift, it's always good to come check out AGF and then find gems like this in progress.

And not only is it beautiful, it has secret sauce! It's going to be something!

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Speaking of butterflies .... how are yours doing Mike? Looking at these pictures it would be hard not to. Sure is a beauty.
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Old 09-23-2018, 07:46 AM
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Gorgeous Mike! That is just a spectacular piece. My sense is that it is going to FAR surpass that Taylor you've missed in every way. I absolutely love the new bridge design.

Excited for you!
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