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Old 01-27-2020, 05:25 AM
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Default Tom Sands Model S in Mastergrade 'Moon Spruce' & Mastergrade Koa - Build Thread

Tom Sands Model S in Mastergrade 'Moon Spruce' & Mastergrade Koa

Tom Sands Guitars are in incredibly high demand, and it's definitely not hard to see why. With slick designs and the utmost attention to detail, his craftsmanship really is some of the best we've ever seen.

This is the second guitar we currently have in build at Tom Sands Guitars, for another TNAG Customer. This guitar features one of the most beautiful sets of Mastergrade Koa we've had the pleasure of laying eyes upon, paired with a Mastergrade 'Moon Spruce' top. Koa is one of our favourite tonewoods, with its incomparable appearance, crisp clarity and warm, thick tone- we're really looking forward to seeing the outcome of this gorgeous Model S.

Here's an in depth photo diary of the start to current process, keep an eye out as there's more to come.

Body Style: Tom Sands Model S
Scale Length: 24.75'
Soundboard: Mastergrade 'Moon Spruce'
Back & Sides: Mastergrade Koa
Rosette: Sistine Blue Patinated Copper
Binding: Madagascar Rosewood
End Graft: Madagascar Rosewood
Position Markers: Copper dots with blue infill
Bridge: Madagascar Rosewood
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Saddle: Bone
Nut Width: 1-3/4
Neck: Mahogany
Fingerboard: Madagascar Rosewood
Backstrap: Dyed black maple
Tuning Machines: Robson Standard
Trussrod: Two-way
Fretwire: Jescar Evo Gold Medium
Fretboard Radius: 20
Finish: Polyurethane
Strings: Elixir HD lights
Neck Heel Inlay: Sistine Blue Full Heel Cap
Neck Depth at 1st Fret: 20mm
Neck Depth at 9th Fret: 23mm
Neck Profile: Medium C









Routing the rosette. The client really loved the rosette on a Model L that was recently finished, and so we decided to go with the same type of patination process for the copper so it would return similar coloured results. We call this particular blue copper patination 'sistine blue' as it reminds us of Michaelangelo's famous frescos.



Just trimming the soundhole reinforcement to perfection...



Multiple rim assemblies on the bench. Utilising structured sides ensures the rim assemblies have a high stiffness to weight ratio; no energy is being lost on the sides moving, so maximum sound is generated.







Shaping the back braces. They are made of spruce to again ensure the lightness of the guitar; this client enjoys a lighter built instrument.



Our Koa is all ethically sourced by our good friends Elaine and Josh of Koa Guitar Sets.com. Josh is a third generation logger and visits Hawaii every year to source the finest Koa; but, only from already fallen trees, of course.







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Old 01-27-2020, 07:12 AM
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Wonderful set of photos! That koa is scrumptious. I'm very excited to get the chance to meet Tom here in Texas this year, and possibly experience playing one of his guitars.
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Old 02-05-2020, 09:55 AM
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That is some stunning Koa. Thanks for sharing this build!
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Old 02-05-2020, 10:24 AM
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Beautiful, you guys are going to be very happy with this one in the store as you know! In one of the group shots, I was happy to see one labeled Texas as well
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