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Old 11-05-2022, 03:48 PM
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At some point I mentioned that I had a box of Koa and Walnut and Catalpa Ukulele wood I no longer wanted. I mention this because several people asked about it, and today I sold the whole batch to one insightful person. I got back my investment, and he got a terrific deal . . . unless he burns it in the fireplace: very expensive firewood!
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At some point I mentioned that I had a box of Koa and Walnut and Catalpa Ukulele wood I no longer wanted. I mention this because several people asked about it, and today I sold the whole batch to one insightful person. I got back my investment, and he got a terrific deal . . . unless he burns it in the fireplace: very expensive firewood!
Thanks for the sweet deal Bruce! And, even more-so taking the time to chat with me and letting me have the privilege of playing some of your instruments. I've still got chills from the olive L00.

I promise not to burn any of it, but I can't speak on behalf of the pitiable recipients of any ukuleles I build that are born from it...
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Old 11-05-2022, 06:33 PM
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Thanks for the sweet deal Bruce! And, even more-so taking the time to chat with me and letting me have the privilege of playing some of your instruments. I've still got chills from the olive L00.

I promise not to burn any of it, but I can't speak on behalf of the pitiable recipients of any ukuleles I build that are born from it...
Great to meet you, Admiral.
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Old 11-06-2022, 01:17 PM
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Some of you know I think of myself asf a luthier rather than a guitar maker. To qualify for this distinction traditionally, one must make 3 different families of stringed instruments. In my case, it is guitar family (including guitars, mandolins, dulcimers, tiples, guitarones), Harp family (including harps, autoharps, psalteries), and violin family. I have made all of the named instruments! I doubt I will make a piano, but if I did it would fall under "Harp Family".

The last of the 10 or so Psalteries I made was a gift for my mother. She passed in 1994, so it has to be before then. I think it quite beautiful and thought I'd share a picture with you.

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That is quite a beautiful instrument Bruce. I’m assuming your mother played it. Do you also know how to play it?
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Not so hard to play. It is plucked, and usually strung diatonically (white keys, if in C). Mom could get around on a pedal harp. I also made her a couple of harps styled after a Lyon and Healy "Troubadour", but instead of plywood, one in solid Koa and the other in solid Maple, both spruce topped. That is a whole 'nother story.
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Like its JB brethren, this JB-16 looks a bit wonky from this intimate POV.

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Braced like crazy up top (because it's a cutaway?) and lightly
in the main part of the soundboard... this Sexauer build thread
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Old 11-16-2022, 04:43 PM
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The new Adi/BRW JB-16 is almost through binding. Ought to have body pictures tomorrow.

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Old 11-17-2022, 08:35 PM
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The ebony binding on the new Adi/BRW JB-16's body is complete, and I have made good progress on the neck today.You'll have to take my word for the second part.





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Beautiful work as always, Bruce!
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Old 11-18-2022, 08:52 PM
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I took these pics a couple of hours ago, and the neck is actually nearly shaped already. These show how the neck looks with the head plates and the fingerboard on, before bandsawing the headstock template and trimming the mahogany to the ebony.





And this picture shows how the neck fits after machining the dovetail and its mortise, but before doing any hand fitting.

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#326 is ready to go into finish!







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Being the very happy owner of a JB-15, I am wondering what a bigger box can do...
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Being the very happy owner of a JB-15, I am wondering what a bigger box can do...
While probably no louder that a smaller guitar, there is an ease of power that a bigger guitar has which is quite compelling for me. I am not a big person, and many bigger guitars are simply ergonomically uncomfortable for me after not too many minutes. The JB-16 is designed intentionally to get around this stumbling block. So was the JB-15, but in the JB-16 it is more apparent that it works.

The asymmetry in combination with the 13 frets to the body moves the playing center of the to the player's right compared to most SJ type guitars, while the body wedge decreases "reach-over". This allows me to play the guitar comfortably for hours instead of minutes. Like virtually all of my guitars of the last 25 years, the JB-16 is relatively balanced across the entire spectrum of notes in both volume and the tonal envelope, especially compared to most large guitars i've played.

I cannot speak for the new one, of course, but I expect it to be in the same ballpark as the last one, the Ceylon Satinwood JB-16 I had with me at the Woodstock event. I am currently infatuated with the Ceylon, and added $10K to its likely price to avoid having someone buy it from me off the table. That worked, and I continue to play it while the latest glue-up is drying ever since. I wonder if the BRW JB-16 will be even better?
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