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Old 05-31-2023, 12:00 PM
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Looks fabulous so far, Mark!

That cedar top and the rosette are so tasteful and gorgeous.

Congrats on the Big 100--looking forward to more!
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Is Spanish Cedar the smell that comes out of my case when opened??
Why yes it is canuck7. Thanks for asking!

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Looks fabulous so far, Mark!

That cedar top and the rosette are so tasteful and gorgeous.

Congrats on the Big 100--looking forward to more!
Thanks Nemoman. I could be happy doing a line of guitars called Blue Stain Pine Guitars or BSP Guitars. I have to work on that name some. It's called Blue Stain which sounds like I'm staining the wood. I try never to stain or paint my guitars. I like to select directly from nature's color pallet.

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Old 06-01-2023, 05:59 AM
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Congratulations Mark.....you do wonderful work. Thanks for my lifetime guitar!
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Old 06-01-2023, 07:46 AM
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Congratulations Mark.....you do wonderful work. Thanks for my lifetime guitar!
You're welcome. Thanks for your comments!


On to the neck.

While the body is coming along I can start up on the neck. I am using 30yrs old+ Honduran Mahogany for this. Here is the blank with my neck template:



Some of you may have noticed this:



This little turn up is something I've done before. When you see the guitar sitting on it's back or leaned against a wall it makes a lot of sense.

Here is a maple neck blank I did for an Olivewood Unlimited Series OOO I started in 2017 for a previous Woodstock show:



Here it is on the almost finished guitar:



I like the look and the function of it and it goes well with a headstock overlay that I designed years ago to go with the overall look.

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Mark,
That is a really cool design change for very practical purposes. I like it!
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That is a really cool design change for very practical purposes. I like it!
Thanks Treenewt, I thought it was great when I did it in 2017 but, it didn’t get much attention. That guitar had a lot of other things going on so maybe it just got lost in the details.

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Thanks Treenewt, I thought it was great when I did it in 2017 but, it didn’t get much attention. That guitar had a lot of other things going on so maybe it just got lost in the details.

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Your headstock shape is so unique and contoured, most of us probably just missed it! Seeing it on the blank made it jump out to me.
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Old 06-02-2023, 07:51 AM
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Your headstock shape is so unique and contoured, most of us probably just missed it! Seeing it on the blank made it jump out to me.
Thanks Treenewt. I have had a similar headstock profile since the second guitar I've made. It has evolved over the years with a lyre style open headstock with Knilling planetary geared tuning pegs for my nylon crossover. There is a negative version that I designed to use with the upturned tip:

Here is the original:







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I showed this to my husband last evening — we both love this kind of attention to detail. (It says a great deal about the artisan … in a good way.)


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Old 06-03-2023, 04:26 AM
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I showed this to my husband last evening — we both love this kind of attention to detail. (It says a great deal about the artisan … in a good way.)

Thanks Aimelie, that’s a nice compliment.

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Some of you probably noticed that the neck template included a tongue that extends to the sound hole:



This is because this OM model has an elevated fretboard. The neck angle is risen a few degrees to accommodate the string height to the bridge.

There are several advantages to elevated fretboards;

-They provide better fretting leverage on the upper frets

-The new neck angle moves your elbows out a little bit. This is particularly helpful with fine waisted guitars (like this one). It reduces the cramped up arm position when playing up the neck

-The higher string angle coming down to the saddle creates a "harp like" sound. Does is really do that? I can't testify to that one, but people say it does.

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Smile Looking great!

The guitar looks SWEET.

And I especially like the many legged clamp creature in the last shot! Hahah

Seriously BOSS axe, Mark!

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Old 06-04-2023, 07:26 AM
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The guitar looks SWEET.

And I especially like the many legged clamp creature in the last shot! Hahah

Seriously BOSS axe, Mark!

Cheers
Paul
Thanks Paul, that many legged clamp creature is a clamperpillar and his name is Irwin. One day he will metamorphosize into a beautiful guitar neck

Meanwhile I've wrapped up the sides:



First on is the back:



After that's a little cleaned up:





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Wow Mark, thanks for sharing this part of your journey with us. Your regular peeks behind the curtain are always interesting and welcome diversions.
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Yes, great Sunday morning viewing. That wood is even more stunning with the box/body together…!! Love it!
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