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Old 04-01-2015, 04:22 PM
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The guitar is a looker. Schweeet!

Congrats on the extended go bar. And is that a Bastogne back and side there in the background? That stuff makes me weak in the knees.
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Congrats on the extended go bar. And is that a Bastogne back and side there in the background? That stuff makes me weak in the knees.
Thanks Cigarfan!

Yes, that's a Bastogne set alright. I have a Josie small jumbo Bastogne guitar starting up in September. We're working out the wood combinations and I find it helpful if I leave the set out and live with it to help keep the ideas flowing.

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Old 04-02-2015, 09:33 AM
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Here I and gluing on the neck and heel blocks on this BRW Josie small jumbo.
I have taken to using Black Walnut for the heal block which has a little more weight than my typical mahogany. This helps with balancing the weight of the guitar and a little more weight back there helps increase overall sustain. So it's a winner on several fronts:



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I have the sides joined and here I am gluing on the supportive laminates for the sound port:



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Here is the sound port purfling and binding all set up:



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Here are some pictures of the BRW Josie small jumbo getting the body all closed up:









I'm getting pretty well all caught up in the shop which has given me the opportunity to start finishing up the Cedar/Koa Penelope nylon crossover that I started a while ago. I should have this one ready for sale in about 2 weeks:












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I'm hoping to get strings on this one by Monday

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The BRW looks so rich. I'll bet it sounds the same. Have you decided on the binding/purfling scheme on this one yet?

I think your crossover is one of the most unique in the industry. Having acquired one, I know how awesome they sound in addition to the awesome looks. And this one has the Cedar from your stash that I love so much. I hope you find a suitable home for this one. They are gonna' love it!
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The BRW looks so rich. I'll bet it sounds the same. Have you decided on the binding/purfling scheme on this one yet?

I think your crossover is one of the most unique in the industry. Having acquired one, I know how awesome they sound in addition to the awesome looks. And this one has the Cedar from your stash that I love so much. I hope you find a suitable home for this one. They are gonna' love it!
Thank Cigarfan,

The BRW Josie is getting black ebony binding. The fretboard, headplate, and bridge are going to be Brazilian. The cedar top is getting abalone purfling. This guitar will fall right between the all wood Bloodwood trimmed Josie and the abalone everywhere Josie. A bling poll would be interesting. I find us folks here on AGF say we like all natural wood guitars more often but, abalone guitars get more hits. Go figure!

I'm glad your crossover is working well for you. That dark cedar really does sing. It was taken from standing old growth deadwood which is why it is so dark and streaked. I got one to try and when I heard it I immediately ordered more for stock.

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Here is a picture of the Josie small jumbo body all closed up and a picture of the BRW fret board being selected:





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Mark, I am just impressed by the fine quality of materials used on all
your guitars right down to the fingerboards. And your wonderful photography just shows off the instruments and the materials in such a representative manner. Thanks for sharing these builds with us
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Holy smokes that cedar and koa guitar is amazing......!
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Thanks swiftz07 and ukejon!

I do feel it is my good fortune to be able to work with such nice materials.
I never cease to be amazed and inspired by the natural beauty of the various woods.

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I just sold my Greta to a very happy customer. He went out with a very big grin on his face.
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