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Old 04-28-2017, 10:37 AM
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They look beautiful, Mark!

Definitely a great finishing touch to complete the whole look...
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Old 04-28-2017, 12:28 PM
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I love your tuner buttons. Feel like they were meant to be.
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They look beautiful, Mark!

Definitely a great finishing touch to complete the whole look...
Thanks Nemoman!

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I love your tuner buttons. Feel like they were meant to be.
Thanks cigarfan!

Here is what else I do when I make tuner buttons. I draw a circle on the wood blank, I cut the profile, rough them out on a sanding drum, clean them up with sandpaper, then buff them out. It would be a lot faster to use jigs but, then they would all be the same (partly why I try to avoid jigs whenever possible) They all have subtle differences. When mounting them I usually sort them out from thickest to thinnest and they go on that way from low E to high E. The big strings tend to have bigger buttons etc.
Eventually, as you become familiar with your guitar you'll likely become unconsciously aware of which string you're about to tune without needing to look. Of the hundreds of tuner buttons I've made and mounted no one has ever said "hey, these buttons don't match!"
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Old 04-28-2017, 06:43 PM
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They all have subtle differences. When mounting them I usually sort them out from thickest to thinnest and they go on that way from low E to high E. The big strings tend to have bigger buttons etc.
Eventually, as you become familiar with your guitar you'll likely become unconsciously aware of which string you're about to tune without needing to look. Of the hundreds of tuner buttons I've made and mounted no one has ever said "hey, these buttons don't match!"
I love that!

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Now, everybody is going to scroll back up to see why they didn't notice that.
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I did the final set up on Roland's (The Bard Rocks) guitar this morning;



As you can see the Sitka top has some crazy bear claw figure and a lot of red in it which goes quite well with the coloring of the back;



The back is African Padauk "bacon" figure and there is a lot of flame figure too. I've taken to calling it flaming bacon. We went with the same wood for the heel cap, center laminate of the neck, the back strap, rosette, and the sculpted pillow top of the headstock;









The binding on the body, neck and headstock is African Blackwood;



The bridge, fret board and custom tuner buttons are Macassar Ebony;



And the sound port is made of nothing at all



This is my Josie small jumbo model. It has a 25.5" scale length with 1 3/4" nut and 2 1/4" spacing at the saddle. We used Evo gold frets. The orchid inlays on the headstock and 12th fret are done in white mother of pearl and pink fresh water clam.

So how does it sound? Well Roland is coming to pick it up tomorrow. ask him!

Thanks for following along an this build it's been a lot of fun working with The Bard Rocks!

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I did the final set up on Roland's (The Bard Rocks) guitar this morning;



As you can see the Sitka top has some crazy bear claw figure and a lot of red in it which goes quite well with the coloring of the back;



The back is African Padauk "bacon" figure and there is a lot of flame figure too. I've taken to calling it flaming bacon. We went with the same wood for the heel cap, center laminate of the neck, the back strap, rosette, and the sculpted pillow top of the headstock;









The binding on the body, neck and headstock is African Blackwood;



The bridge, fret board and custom tuner buttons are Macassar Ebony;



And the sound port is made of nothing at all



This is my Josie small jumbo model. It has a 25.5" scale length with 1 3/4" nut and 2 1/4" spacing at the saddle. We used Evo gold frets. The orchid inlays on the headstock and 12th fret are done in white mother of pearl and pink fresh water clam.

So how does it sound? Well Roland is coming to pick it up tomorrow. ask him!

Thanks for following along an this build it's been a lot of fun working with The Bard Rocks!

Mark
Hi Mark,

I must say that this is just tooo beautiful for words!!!!

I've been following most of your work here without commenting much on any post and couldn't hold myself back to at least tell you how your work has inspired me!!!

You have an amazing touch and taste!!!

Thank you for sharing with us!!!
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Old 05-02-2017, 03:11 PM
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Amazing work again Mark!
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Beautiful piece Mark! Knocked it out of the park as usual.

Wish I could be there to watch Roland when he gets to hold and hear this beauty for the first time. Congrats!
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Looks fantastic, Mark.

That sitka is really amazing as well with the red coloring it has!

But the padauk--WOW!!!
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Well this sounds cliche, but you have truly outdone yourself on this one Mark. This guitar is just a stunning piece of art and it will sing like angels I am sure of that. I am so glad for having played even a small part in helping to get this project underway as it turned into a masterpiece beyond words. Although you did not build this part, I will give you credit for finding it, but the bearclaw figure in the upper bouts that projects at 90 degree angles to the fret board in a linear fashion is just mesmerizing to look at. That is very unique. Maybe I have seen it before, but I think not.

Congrats to both of you, but really to you Mark on your artistry.
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I love how quietly Mark comes in, drops a bunch of photos as though it's nothing, then quietly accepts the praise that is heaped on him!

Me? I'd come in with trumpets blaring "Check out This!!!!" then boom!! *Mic Drops* walks out with one hell of a strut!!!
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I've run out of words to say Mark, yet another beautiful guitar!
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Cigarfan, if you want to see my face when I get it, you'd best start driving now. I leave this area around 11 tomorrow and can give you a ride for the last 3 hours of the way.

But I have a pretty good idea already of what it looks like. I think the playability and sound will be what surprises me if anything does. Mark does such a good job with the photos that we don't have to imagine much, other than how it sounds and how it plays - and, based upon others of his that I have played, I think both of these can only surprise me in one way - very pleasantly.
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Beautiful piece Mark! Knocked it out of the park as usual.

Wish I could be there to watch Roland when he gets to hold and hear this beauty for the first time. Congrats!
Thanks cigar fan! I am looking forward to Roland coming this afternoon. I enjoy being there when one of my guitars is played by it's new owner. Also, it is often the first time I hear the guitar played by someone else.

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Hi Mark,

I must say that this is just tooo beautiful for words!!!!

I've been following most of your work here without commenting much on any post and couldn't hold myself back to at least tell you how your work has inspired me!!!

You have an amazing touch and taste!!!

Thank you for sharing with us!!!
Thanks for commenting Loggerenguitars! I'm glad to hear my work is inspiring to you!


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Congrats Roland on this beauty....Mark works his magic again.
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