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Old 02-11-2019, 09:26 PM
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Wow, that guitar is a study in beautiful contrasts! It's looking amazing!
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Wow, that guitar is a study in beautiful contrasts! It's looking amazing!
Thanks for the look and kind compliment, Mike!

I'm in agreement, this is turning out to be a project that is exceeding my expectations and there's still a few more surprises to come
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Now that the body has been completed, it's time to move on to building the neck. When we started this project, Joel told me about his grade A stash for one-piece mahogany necks. Here are his words reminding me of the earlier conversation we had about the same.
I have a wonderful supply of old-growth Honduran Mahogany that had previously belonged to a retired woodworker...who had kept it in his shop for over 30 years, but not used it. It came in the form of 4” thick beams that are 12-16 inches wide and 8-12 feet long...perfect for cutting into 4”x4” blanks for solid 1-piece necks.
I'm pretty stoked to say the least about this bounty and can't wait to see how this old-growth mahogany marries up to the beautiful quilted maple. Here are couple of shots of the neck blanks.





More to come!!!
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That is quite a stash of Mahogany to find in that size! Awesome.
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:06 AM
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Jeff,
I made a trip down to visit my friends Joel and Steve and discuss some of the aspects of my upcoming build with Joel. I got to see the progress of your build in person and I know you will be very pleased with it when you take delivery. The whole package looks fantastic. It will look even better when it gets the finish applied.

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p.s. For the attendees at B.I.G. : you are going to see some fine instruments from Joel and Steve!!
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:18 AM
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Hey! I'm JDB too

So, from one JDB to another, Thank you! Jeff!

Being a bit of a photobug myself, I know photos never do the actual subject justice. It brings me joy to hear first-hand reports like this, although there has never been a doubt that this was going to be a sum product that far exceeds my expectations. Joel has been an absolute delight to work with. I look forward to hopefully meet with him in person at some point in the future. His attention to detail, his willingness to listen to his client, and the humility with which he approaches his craft is commendable. The guitars he is building at this point in his luthier career is a promise of even greater days to come.

Thanks again, Jeff, for looking in and sharing with the thread.

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I made a trip down to visit my friends Joel and Steve and discuss some of the aspects of my upcoming build with Joel. I got to see the progress of your build in person and I know you will be very pleased with it when you take delivery. The whole package looks fantastic. It will look even better when it gets the finish applied.

Jeff Bishop

p.s. For the attendees at B.I.G. : you are going to see some fine instruments from Joel and Steve!!
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Default Fretboard Slotting

We're moving quickly from Neck building to Fret Slotting... It feels like we're cruising along at light speed at this juncture. This naturally, makes me feel like a kid on Christmas Eve, but I'll need to temper my anxiousness. I know the lacquer process tends to resemble a hibernation of sorts during the long, slow, curing process, but it's all good and part of the joy of the custom build journey.

Joel provided me with a delightful surprise this morning with some fresh update pics of the fretboard slotting process. I know there are tooling junkies here, so I'll start of the photo spread with a pic of Joel's fret-slotting jig.



Because of resizing, it will be difficult to see the great quality of the Ebony Joel is using for this build, but it is truly exceptional (in my opinion...although, I'm not wood grader). Here's a photo of an Ebony blank next to my slotted fretboard with the follow-up pic a close-up of the fretboard still jigged up.





Finally, we have a look at the fretboard slotted and purfled... WOOOOWeeee that Koa is gonna pop loud under finish next to that glorious Ebony!



Thanks for looking! There's more to come...

Jeff
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Old 03-03-2019, 07:28 AM
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Default Fretboard and Neck Build

Thought I would post a quick update this morning as I've busy as of late with preparations for an out-of-country group excursion. In conversation with Joel, I understand he has been busy also, with final prep work on some guitars he will be taking in a couple weeks to the B.I.G. extravaganza in San Antonio. I'm sure going to miss being at this All-Star event, but know we'll all be able to live vicariously through those sharing their photos and memories with us here on the AGF...right ??? all you folks attending the B.I.G.?

Without further ado, here are some of the latest photos from this build featuring the bound and purfled fretboard and a couple in-process photos of the neck build. Included also are Joel's explanation for the photos.

The fretboard is now completed... slotted, purfled and bound.



Here’s the neck blank with the trussrod slot cut and the spline that will be glued in place over the trussrod.



The front headstock overlay is glued in place, and the fretboard is currently pinned in place. The plexi template in the picture will be used as the routing template to cut the profile of the headstock...and the fretboard itself will be used as the routing template to count the profile of the neck.



Thanks for tuning in!!! More to come!
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