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Old 01-16-2019, 08:47 AM
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Beautiful work. And to date Iíve got two disks on the stack!
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Old 01-16-2019, 10:14 AM
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Here are a couple pictures of cutting the rosette channel and the rosette installed. It is abalone and Cocobolo with a bunch of purfling lines. The Cocobolo came from the same piece of wood that I am using for the back strip and center laminate of the neck:







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Such an dynamic but elegant looking guitar in the making. That rosette is hands down one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

...just...WOW!

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Old 01-16-2019, 11:17 AM
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As usual, I agree with John! I think it looks fantastic either view.

Beautiful BEAUTIFUL woods! And the rosette is SWEET. LOVE the Coco.

And it will sound awesome, no doubt!!!

Paul

Thanks Paul, It's a fun build and this Fiddleback Tree wood is very nice mahogany to work with. It's not just all looks!

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Beautiful work. And to date Iíve got two disks on the stack!
Why yes you do! Maybe we'll get another little one in there if this uke building works out!

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Such an dynamic but elegant looking guitar in the making. That rosette is hands down one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

...just...WOW!

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Thanks duff! Cocobolo and Blue Pau abalone are consistently a striking combo. One of my favorites.

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Old 01-16-2019, 09:28 PM
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Such an dynamic but elegant looking guitar in the making. That rosette is hands down one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

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I agree. That rosette is very tasty.
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Old 01-17-2019, 07:24 AM
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I agree. That rosette is very tasty.
Thanks for commenting Growler!
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Mark, what is the tube on that disk cutter? A vacuum?
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Old 01-17-2019, 11:36 AM
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Ugh.

I just finished my first acoustic build. I am so proud of it.

Then I look at what you are making...............

........so depressing.


You do great work. Your guitars are an inspiration.
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Old 01-17-2019, 06:40 PM
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Mark, what is the tube on that disk cutter? A vacuum?
Close but, the air is going the other way. It’s attached to a little air pump and helps blow sawdust out of the way so you can see and it doesn’t build up under the cutter.

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Ugh.
I just finished my first acoustic build. I am so proud of it.
Then I look at what you are making...............
........so depressing.
You do great work. Your guitars are an inspiration.
Congratulations on finishing your first guitar! I still have my first guitar
Downstairs in the basement
On the rack of shame
If you’d like we could compare your guitar to that one it would likely not be so depressing!

Guitars are hard to make and all you ever see are the mistakes you made while building them. You just get better at seeing your mistakes as you get better.
That probably doesn’t sound encouraging. It is an addictive habit. I wish you all the best!
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Old 01-21-2019, 03:27 PM
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Close but, the air is going the other way. Itís attached to a little air pump and helps blow sawdust out of the way so you can see and it doesnít build up under the cutter.



Congratulations on finishing your first guitar! I still have my first guitar
Downstairs in the basement
On the rack of shame
If youíd like we could compare your guitar to that one it would likely not be so depressing!

Guitars are hard to make and all you ever see are the mistakes you made while building them. You just get better at seeing your mistakes as you get better.
That probably doesnít sound encouraging. It is an addictive habit. I wish you all the best!
Mark
Does this mean we could see a thread of your very first guitar??
Im sure there would be huge interest in that post!!
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Old 01-21-2019, 05:42 PM
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Does this mean we could see a thread of your very first guitar??
Im sure there would be huge interest in that post!!
I have a few pictures but, I have been making guitars much longer than I have been taking pictures of guitars . Iíll admit Iím not real eager to take pictures of anything thatís down in the basement on my rack of shame!

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I have a few pictures but, I have been making guitars much longer than I have been taking pictures of guitars . Iíll admit Iím not real eager to take pictures of anything thatís down in the basement on my rack of shame!

Mark
How about we generate a single anonymous account for all of the master luthiers to use. Only the moderators would know who has access to the account name and password.
All of the the luthiers show photos of their first build, and the rest of the community tries to guess which guitar belongs to which luthier??!!
We could call it the AGF Hall of Shfame!!!
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Old 01-22-2019, 12:55 PM
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How about we generate a single anonymous account for all of the master luthiers to use. Only the moderators would know who has access to the account name and password.
All of the the luthiers show photos of their first build, and the rest of the community tries to guess which guitar belongs to which luthier??!!
We could call it the AGF Hall of Shfame!!!
Sounds like a tough thing to sell Zandit75!
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Sounds like a tough thing to sell Zandit75!
Haha, was worth a try!![emoji1787]
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Old 01-25-2019, 07:11 AM
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I've selected billets, split out the wood for braces, measured, sorted, profiled, and matched the brace blanks for the guitar. Here is a picture of the back with the bracing being glued up:



On another note: For delivery next year I am building another "Tree" guitar. This is a custom order and we've been discussing which wood to use for the top. We started with Swiss Moon Spruce and have recently been discussing Redwood. Either wood can work great for making a wonderful sounding "tree" guitar. We're exploring the various looks of Redwoods to see if we can find a nice match and strong visual appeal but, too much figure in the Redwood could easily conflict with all the "tree" figure. So we're looking for the Goldielocks Redwood top.

I found a well quarter sawn Redwood board that is 2" thick and big enough to cut maybe 8 top sets from. It is has some curl and one side has some wonderful black grain lines. The other side is pretty clean but, still some curl. I'm thinking we'll get quite a variety of matched tops and I'm hopeful the perfect top is in there somewhere.

Here is one of the billets:



I think it kind of looks like Koa:



Super tight grain as well:



The re-sawing went very well. The center slices are pretty moist so I'm stickering it all for a couple weeks before making any judgements:



Lots and lots of sticks in this stickering process!



Thanks for viewing!
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Old 01-25-2019, 10:48 AM
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Here is a picture show the Fiddleback guitars rosette, logo, and back together:

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