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Old 02-03-2019, 01:54 PM
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Default Doerr Guitars four Sterling Series build thread

This build thread is going to document four Sterling Series guitars that I'm building in my current batch. For those of you who aren't familiar with my Sterling Series here's a quick rundown on how I do things.

I have three different series that I offer on my website http://www.doerrguitars.com. My Standard, Signature and Sterling Series. Each series progressively has more features and higher grades of woods. Let's get into the details of what my Sterling Series is all about.

All three of my series come standard with Brazilian rosewood in my base price. I have a nice stash of stumpwood and old growth Brazilian rosewood. I've reserved my best quartersawn straight grain or just rare wild figured stumpwood for my Sterling Series.







One of the distinctive details on my Sterling Series is that all the purflings are made out of pure silver. Being that silver is a precious metal it's much more expensive than wood purflings. It's also much harder to work with than the typical wood purflings. I do think it is well worth the extra money and effort as it is just a beautiful subtle look on the guitar that I really enjoy. Here are some examples.









The Sterling Series also offers a lot of the details that are on my Signature Series such as beveled binding, Ryan-Style bevel, and multi-piece laminated neck. I also have multi fine silver purflings on my headstock, fretboard and bridge. Here are some examples.









My Signature Series backplate that I've been doing ever since I started building guitars is also upgraded on the Sterling Series. I have two bookmatched pieces of Brazilian that I put on each side of my neck laminations. I then bind them in ebony with multi fine silver purflings. I also use nickel silver Rodger tuners on every Sterling Series.





That kind of gives you the rundown of what my Sterling Series is all about. In this build thread I'll get into greater detail of each Sterling feature as I build this batch. I'll also give more details of the 4 guitars I'll be working on in later post. I'm looking forward to sharing this with you all. Thanks for looking!
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Old 02-03-2019, 02:16 PM
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This will certainly be fun to watch!

One of these days we've got to get that Mahogany guitar in the mix!
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Stunning. Absolutely beautiful.
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That is pretty cool...
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Oh Boy!! Off to the races with Commander Tom Doerr at the helm......how cool is that!?
Awesome pics, detail and knowledgeable, creative artistry, Tom! Looking forward to more...and more!!
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This sure is exciting!

I'm loving the silver purfling on the bridge and pins. Subtle and classy.
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Can't wait!
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Elegantly all dressed up and ready for someone to make sweet music with. What a great guitar, well done!
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Beautiful as always, Tom! Thanks for sharing the pictures!
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Crazy beautiful. Drooling.
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Your work is gorgeous, as always.
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This will certainly be fun to watch!

One of these days we've got to get that Mahogany guitar in the mix!
Definitely would like to do that someday Todd. Haven't forgotten about that

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Stunning. Absolutely beautiful.
Thank you The Growler!

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That is pretty cool...
Thank you Halcycon/Tinker

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Oh Boy!! Off to the races with Commander Tom Doerr at the helm......how cool is that!?
Awesome pics, detail and knowledgeable, creative artistry, Tom! Looking forward to more...and more!!
Best,
Fred
Thanks Fred! Glad you're looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to sharing Hope you're doing well!

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This sure is exciting!

I'm loving the silver purfling on the bridge and pins. Subtle and classy.
Glad you are excited. I do like subtle and classy.

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Can't wait!
Can't wait for your build to start or this build thread? lol

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Elegantly all dressed up and ready for someone to make sweet music with. What a great guitar, well done!
Thanks Mike!

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Beautiful as always, Tom! Thanks for sharing the pictures!
Thanks Daniel! I'm looking forward to sharing this with everyone.

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Crazy beautiful. Drooling.
Thanks Jamiejoon!


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Your work is gorgeous, as always.
Thanks Juston!
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Old 02-04-2019, 10:31 AM
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Can't wait for your build to start or this build thread? lol
Why BOTH, of course.
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Never cease to amaze me Tom...wow.
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Old 02-04-2019, 05:52 PM
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Tom is one of the most gifted builders I have ever met, as his photos clearly reveal, they are also an absolute dream to play. I'll be watching this thread with keen interest and respect.

Thanks for sharing your gift Tom!!
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