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Old 03-17-2021, 07:46 AM
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Default Osthoff Guitars, shots from the shop 2021

Per usual, I will start this thread, saying I haven't posted in a while. I have been busy in the shop, working on many projects (some not guitar related)

Here are a couple guitars that are in process destined for Guitar Gallery later this year. I am calling them the twins, an OM and a 000-12. Reminder these are in process photos, so they are a little rough.

Here are the backs, cut from the same log.






Both have Italian Spruce Tops

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Still have a lot to do on these. I am working on a totally overbuilt binding router jig. I have never been happy with the repeatability and adjustability of the my routers. Run-out has also been a issue. More on that later in the thread.
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Good to hear from you John. They look great! Are the backs BRW?
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HEY!!! Good to see you back, John. Been missing seeing your guitars. And, apologies to all the other builders, your build threads are just better than everybody else's ....Robert
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I will be watching these beauties come together with pleasure!

Thanks for the updates!

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That's some gorgeous Brazilian rosewood! I will certainly be following this thread.
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John, those are beautiful. Good to see your work again, thanks for posting!

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Old 03-17-2021, 11:38 AM
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Thanks guys for the nice comments.
    1. Tom, yes that is Brazilian, sorry I forgot to mention that.
    2. Robert, good to hear from you. (You are too funny.)
    3. Paul, I not all the great at posting, but will try to keep some updates
    4. John, I have had this stuff in my stash for over 20 years. I had a third set, but it was used for a commission
    5. Steve, I look forward to seeing more about what you guys are up to.

Here is a couple more process shots.



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Beautiful back and side sets and beautiful work, as usual.
Nice to see you again on the forum and hope to see you this Fall, all the best to you John.
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Glad to you posting again JO. I hope to see you in October at WILS...
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Old 03-18-2021, 04:57 AM
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Hey Bill and Bob, it is nice to hear from you two. I hope things are a little more "settled" and we can get together this fall.
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I once heard that a true craftsman is one who can cover up their mistakes. Well I make plenty mistakes but hopefully they are minor enough that they can be fixed. I suppose it is probably better from a marketing standpoint, not to admit this but what the heck.

I was admiring a beautiful guitar with a Florentine cutaway from a well renowned builder. He confessed that he it was supposed to be a Venetian cutaway but when bending the sides, they broke. There was enough material to cut off the break, and make it into a Florentine. Brilliant!

As I was working on the twins, I slipped with the router on one of the headstocks as I was cutting the inlay cavities on the headstock. While the front veneer of the headstock is made out of African Blackwood a flaw could quite easily be filled, but would it be invisible enough. Rather than worrying about that, I decided to add a little more inlay, near the nut.



The original inlay was going to stop at the first single dot working your way from the top. These guitars (as all my guitars) use what I call my stealth truss rod cover. I usually just try to match the cover as closely as possible to the overlay most often using leftover pieces from the overlay material. In this case I had to inlay the trussrod cover too. Here is a shot with one of the trussrod covers removed.



I feel it worked out. Of course keeping with the twin theme, I choose to add the "extra" inlay to both headstocks even the one without the slip.
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One more shot for now, here I branded the back of the headstock with my seldom used branding iron.

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Beautiful work John. Good to see you back!
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Beautiful inlay and Abalone! Wow. And no one would have noticed if you had not fessed up... hahaha

John K, you need one of these cool branding irons! I like that a LOT.

A lot less work than inlay, and nice understated look.

Go, J O

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One more shot for now, here I branded the back of the headstock with my seldom used branding iron.

Another brilliant headstock!!!
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