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Old 12-11-2009, 11:23 AM
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Congrats on finally starting the build Phil! Looking forward to seeing the finished product...
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Old 12-12-2009, 05:40 PM
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Congrats on finally starting the build Phil! Looking forward to seeing the finished product...
Thanks Taylorman!

Here's just a couple more of the sides after being "doubled"..







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Old 12-13-2009, 11:03 AM
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the double side idea is wild! i'm really curious on how it's going to affect the sound... i'm sure you can't wait to find out too...
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:37 PM
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Actually quite a few of the luthiers here use double sides - and double tops and hollow double backs (Tim McKnight, Paul Woolson, many others I'm sure). Mike uses them on his Meridian Concert because the structure of the fully adjustable neck needs additional support.

I'm not sure of all of the other reasons - the double tops are used to lighten and thin the top beyond that possible with a single top.

I think I read Tim McKnight's article on observed vibrations correctly and that the sides did not vibrate noticeably, in contrast to the top and back (and, to his surprise, the top above the soundhole). So I'm not sure if there's any change to be expected from the double sides. The fact that Mike found some quilted mahogany for the interior sides was just icing on the cake.

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Old 12-15-2009, 04:28 AM
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I was the original owner along with the other used JX there,good to see you are pleased with it,i traded both for the Black and Blue CX that Mike featured on his web site.
Wow, that Black and Blue must have been quite something then! All I can say is, thanks for letting the JX go, it's a superb instrument and I wouldn't have been able to afford a new one from Mike.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:11 AM
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any picture update phil?
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Not yet but I'll be checking!

Thanks... getting curious myself....

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Old 12-31-2009, 07:04 PM
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Default A few New Year's Eve treats to savor...

A few more pics from the build as it progresses!

the back coming out of the sander:


neck being carved:


the top with the plexiglass indexing form in place:


the back with the back center seam strip ready for the vacuum press:


the back (with two others) in the vacuum press:


back and top ready for cutting to shape:


top already cut to shape, back being cut:


I hope you are finding this as interesting as I am!

Happy New Year's to everyone!

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Old 12-31-2009, 11:12 PM
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Coming along very nicely. Beautiful mahogany!
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Thanks, TPP!

Here are a couple more - the back with bracing and in the vacuum press, and the florentine cutaway being shaped and glued:







Thanks to Mike for the great pics!

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Looooking good!
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Default Here's the fun part of working with a luthier...

Working with a talented luthier is a real joy! Over the last couple of days I've been corresponding with Mike on details of the "trimmings" and trying to get where I am thinking I want to be on some neck dimensions.

Mike's eye - like most if not all of "our" luthiers - is great with colors, contrasts, flow, and complementary tones. He suggested, with pictures and descriptions, that the bindings be macassar ebony, with satinwood purflings, and the headstock would be in his new design with mac eb and the tree mahogany, with either spalted or birdseye maple accent. Here's what the raw wood of the headstock looks like:


For the neck, although I love his standard carve for fingerstyle, I was wanting - but didn't know how to say it well - something that I could get my hand around more easily but without getting too radical. So, with some measuring of some guitars I have and like, Mike came up with a great set of dimensions that will give me a bit less "handful" of neck so I can grab a chord, but with a bit more 'edge relief' so I won't be pulling the strings off the edge of the fretboard. Mike's standard 25.6" neck length was also agreed to - I had tried both 25.5" and 25.6" at Healdsburg on the two Meridians he brought (one of which was Volcano).

It's just one of those really fun things about working with a luthier that you get to be a participant in the process, and they can apply their skills and experience in addressing what you want in the guitar!

Cheers all,

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Old 01-05-2010, 04:28 PM
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This guitar is going to be a looker!!!! Congrats!! Its always fun to watch how different luthiers do some steps a little different from others. I look forward to seeing the finished product.
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It's just one of those really fun things about working with a luthier that you get to be a participant in the process, and they can apply their skills and experience in addressing what you want in the guitar!
I completely agree! Keep enjoying the ride.
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you should be updating this thread every hour phil... that's my new year's resolution for you...
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