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Old 04-15-2019, 09:41 AM
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Some more photos of the progress…

This first one is the top on the go bar deck while gluing in the Engelmann spruce braces. Everything is glued up with hot hide glue:
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As you can see in the following photo, the braces are in two layers. Chris told me that this is something he learned from Fred Carlson many years ago. It eliminates the need to try to sand the braces to the shape of the 25 foot radius in the top. The thinner braces simply conform to the top for a perfect fit. Also, the fact that they are laminated gives them a better strength to weight ratio. This allows to carve them thinner and shorter, thus reducing the weight of the top, and improving the mechanical advantage of the strings:
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And here a photo of the sound port. As the rosette did not quite have enough sound hole area, a side sound port was needed (according to Chris and Jeremy, one to four of these are needed on most Saddle Pals, depending on the rosette design). This is a view of the soundport from the outside of the body. Chris wet the body with naptha a bit to give an idea of how much figure is in this Koa (doesn’t look to bad actually):
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And a photo of the sound port from the inside of the body:
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:04 AM
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Love the linings, and interesting way to do the braces. Makes sense!
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:49 PM
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Nootis, as a construction expert, I'm sure you will certify that laminate beams are stronger and lighter.
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Nootis, as a construction expert, I'm sure you will certify that laminate beams are stronger and lighter.
I am sure that is true, but my expertise is in underground utility construction. It's just sewer and water for most people, but for me its my bread and butter.
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:54 AM
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Just a little update on the headplate and fingerboard, there will be more photos soon.

It's actually a new headstock shape that Chris and Jeremy used for the first time on the Art Deco Saddle Pal (the one with the crazy sound hole) for the La Conner show this year. I really like it, the old one was nice too, but this new headstock gives the whole guitar a more 'rounded' (in lack of a better term) appearance:
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This looks like an absolute stunner!

Really like the new headstock and inlays...
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Old 06-08-2019, 08:40 AM
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This looks like an absolute stunner!

Really like the new headstock and inlays...
Thank you! I'm really excited about this guitar, it's going to be special.
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Rosette in. Chris confessed he had been a bit more nervous than usual since the top is so special. "I'm glad it's in" (quote):
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That is amazing craftmanship!!!
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I like the lines on the headstock, they should tie in well with the sound hole.

I imagine you are getting keen to have it in your hands!

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It is fun to see this guitar take shape. Really exciting.

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Ernesto, I didn't know about this build. What an exciting project~ Looking forward to more photos!
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Old 06-10-2019, 06:26 PM
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Yes it is!

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I like the lines on the headstock, they should tie in well with the sound hole.

I imagine you are getting keen to have it in your hands!
Thank you, and yes, can't wait to hold it in my hands... Unfortunately, patience is not my strongest virtue.

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It is fun to see this guitar take shape. Really exciting.

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Thank you. This is my first thread and I 'm really enjoing it. It's very kind of Chris and Jeremy to send all the photos and detailed information. I know a lot more about guitars now (still not enough).

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Ernesto, I didn't know about this build. What an exciting project~ Looking forward to more photos!
Thanks, Alan! More photos will be coming soon.
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I have not previously looked st lame horse guitars much but this thread shows me how much I am missing out - the aesthetic eye of the luthiers doing this is very tasteful.and having their own unique take!
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:33 PM
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I have not previously looked st lame horse guitars much but this thread shows me how much I am missing out - the aesthetic eye of the luthiers doing this is very tasteful.and having their own unique take!
That's exactly what I thought when I discovered their guitars. Whereas many builders seem to follow the traditional way of old Martins and Gibsons, or the modern Somogyi line (nothing wrong with either of course), Chris and Jeremy have discovered their own unique path.

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It's been a while, Chris and Jeremy have been very busy. Just a little update, getting ready to close the box. Please look at the magnetic arm rest. I think this is a very clever idea, you can put it on and off whenever you like (usually I don't like arm bevels as they change the design of the guitar too much for my taste):
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