The Acoustic Guitar Forum

Go Back   The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Custom Shop

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools
  #76  
Old 02-04-2017, 09:13 PM
The Bard Rocks The Bard Rocks is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mohawk Valley
Posts: 5,527
Default headstock

I especially like the way Mark was able to blend the truss road cover in so well that it almost disappears. The B/W purfling sets everything off extremely nicely. Classy. Simple, Special.
__________________
The Bard Rocks

Kinnaird 000 Adk/Ziracote
Sexauer L00 Adk/Magnolia
Hatcher Jumbo Bearclaw/"Bacon" Padauk
Leach "Arctos" OM Millenium Sequioa/Macassar Ebony
Goodall Jumbo POC/flamed Mahogany
McAlister baritone Adk/Bubinga
Appollonio 12 POC/Myrtle
MJ Franks Resonator, all Australian Blackwood
'31 National Duolian
banjos of all kinds, mandolin, autoharp, tiple...
  #77  
Old 02-05-2017, 09:02 AM
Mark Hatcher's Avatar
Mark Hatcher Mark Hatcher is offline
AGF Sponsor
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire
Posts: 3,472
Default More decisions

I offer several design styles of headstocks, fret boards, and bridges. At this juncture we have several choices for the fingerboard and bridge style so a couple samples go up;





And symmetry wins the day on this guitar;



Thanks for following!
Mark
__________________
Mark Hatcher
www.hatcherguitars.com

My new website is up!
Try it out.
  #78  
Old 02-05-2017, 07:08 PM
The Bard Rocks The Bard Rocks is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mohawk Valley
Posts: 5,527
Default symmetry

And that looks even better than I'd visualized it.
__________________
The Bard Rocks

Kinnaird 000 Adk/Ziracote
Sexauer L00 Adk/Magnolia
Hatcher Jumbo Bearclaw/"Bacon" Padauk
Leach "Arctos" OM Millenium Sequioa/Macassar Ebony
Goodall Jumbo POC/flamed Mahogany
McAlister baritone Adk/Bubinga
Appollonio 12 POC/Myrtle
MJ Franks Resonator, all Australian Blackwood
'31 National Duolian
banjos of all kinds, mandolin, autoharp, tiple...
  #79  
Old 02-09-2017, 11:45 AM
Mark Hatcher's Avatar
Mark Hatcher Mark Hatcher is offline
AGF Sponsor
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire
Posts: 3,472
Default More choices

Another choice to be made. Should the heal cap be African Blackwood?



Or should it be African Padauk?



The African Padauk heal cap is make from the same wood the back was cut from. That way we could match the grain on the back and that is the choice!;

__________________
Mark Hatcher
www.hatcherguitars.com

My new website is up!
Try it out.
  #80  
Old 02-09-2017, 01:38 PM
mcgr40 mcgr40 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 44
Default

I really like this cross grain padauk as the center laminate for the maple neck.
Does the cross-grain padauk go all the way through the neck making right angles with the long grain of the maple? Or is it just 1/4" or so deep so that the
grain in the neck all runs the same way?(I am just wondering if it is okay to build with a cross-ply in the middle of the neck-you must know)
thanks. mike
anyways, i really like it.
  #81  
Old 02-09-2017, 02:34 PM
Mark Hatcher's Avatar
Mark Hatcher Mark Hatcher is offline
AGF Sponsor
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire
Posts: 3,472
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mcgr40 View Post
I really like this cross grain padauk as the center laminate for the maple neck.
Does the cross-grain padauk go all the way through the neck making right angles with the long grain of the maple? Or is it just 1/4" or so deep so that the
grain in the neck all runs the same way?(I am just wondering if it is okay to build with a cross-ply in the middle of the neck-you must know)
thanks. mike
anyways, i really like it.
Thanks mcgr40,

The cross grain center laminate doesn't go very deep. I would be afraid to go all the way through with the cross grain especially since the torsion rod is in there.
I just wouldn't want to depend on an end grain glue joint there.
__________________
Mark Hatcher
www.hatcherguitars.com

My new website is up!
Try it out.
  #82  
Old 02-10-2017, 10:14 AM
mcgr40 mcgr40 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 44
Default

That is what I would have thought, but I did wonder if perhaps you had used the cross grain center laminate and had learned that it would work.
I am sure it takes some thought/effort to get that center laminate laid up correctly.
Very nice touch
  #83  
Old 02-11-2017, 11:01 AM
Mark Hatcher's Avatar
Mark Hatcher Mark Hatcher is offline
AGF Sponsor
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire
Posts: 3,472
Default

Well were coming along on this guitar. The neck is pretty well set up;



A little more clean up and installing the Gold EVO frets and it will be ready for finish;



__________________
Mark Hatcher
www.hatcherguitars.com

My new website is up!
Try it out.
  #84  
Old 02-11-2017, 11:05 AM
ukejon ukejon is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Milwaukee
Posts: 6,555
Default

Austere yet visually sublime with those amazing woods. One of the most beautiful pillow headstock guitars you've made.
__________________
My YouTube Page:
http://www.youtube.com/user/ukejon



2014 Pono N30 DC EIR/Spruce crossover
2009 Pono koa parlor (NAMM prototype)
2018 Maton EBG808TEC
2014 Hatcher Greta 13 fret cutaway in EIR/cedar
2017 Hatcher Josie fan fret mahogany
1973 Sigma GCR7 (OM model) rosewood and spruce
2014 Rainsong OM1000N2
....and about 5 really nice tenor ukuleles at any given moment
  #85  
Old 02-11-2017, 01:11 PM
cigarfan's Avatar
cigarfan cigarfan is offline
Music soothes the soul!
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Within the blast radius of Washington D.C.
Posts: 4,438
Default

A stunner! Wonderful choices all the way around.
__________________
Life is like a box of chocolates ....
  #86  
Old 02-12-2017, 05:05 PM
Mark Hatcher's Avatar
Mark Hatcher Mark Hatcher is offline
AGF Sponsor
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire
Posts: 3,472
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ukejon View Post
Austere yet visually sublime with those amazing woods. One of the most beautiful pillow headstock guitars you've made.
Thanks ukejon, I'm very pleased how this is coming out. We'll still making a few choices such as the color for the tuners. The choices become easier as you go though, as the individual look of the guitar tightens up.

Quote:
Originally Posted by cigarfan View Post
A stunner! Wonderful choices all the way around.
Thank you cigar fan. Yeah, I think we found a nice paring of some unusual looking woods!
__________________
Mark Hatcher
www.hatcherguitars.com

My new website is up!
Try it out.
  #87  
Old 02-20-2017, 02:42 PM
Mark Hatcher's Avatar
Mark Hatcher Mark Hatcher is offline
AGF Sponsor
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire
Posts: 3,472
Default

We've been working on inlay ideas for this African Padauk guitar. One idea was to do a grape bunch here is a mock up;



The consensus was it just doesn't stand out enough. So we went to the idea of orchard designs;



Here it is a bit larger with white mother of pearl and pink fresh water clam;



The sparkle of the shell will stand out nicely on the headstock.
I'm working to design a 12 fret inlay that ties in as well. This photo of orchid buds is giving me some ideas. With a couple more hours and a pencil I think we'll be there!;



It is nice to be working on flower inlays. We've had better than 36 inches of snow here in New Hampshire these past 2 weeks and all the flower pictures have got me thinking of spring coming back to my shop;

__________________
Mark Hatcher
www.hatcherguitars.com

My new website is up!
Try it out.

Last edited by Mark Hatcher; 02-20-2017 at 03:10 PM.
  #88  
Old 02-21-2017, 11:31 AM
louis lasky louis lasky is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 73
Default

Oy Mark. This guitar is so gorgeous. The wood is, as with all your guitars, silly gorgeous. But your small aesthetic touches are so choice. That cross grain center stripe. Yow! Do you think it would pop the same way if it was narrower? I'm just curious...
  #89  
Old 02-21-2017, 01:07 PM
Mark Hatcher's Avatar
Mark Hatcher Mark Hatcher is offline
AGF Sponsor
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire
Posts: 3,472
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by louis lasky View Post
Oy Mark. This guitar is so gorgeous. The wood is, as with all your guitars, silly gorgeous. But your small aesthetic touches are so choice. That cross grain center stripe. Yow! Do you think it would pop the same way if it was narrower? I'm just curious...
Thanks Louis,

I think the center cross grain strip would show up well even if it were a bit thinner. It's made from the same Padauk and is very bright. I went a bit thicker on this one because it has rather thin black borders. I usually have 3/32" maple borders but, since it's a maple neck, I went black to keep it crisp looking.

Mark
__________________
Mark Hatcher
www.hatcherguitars.com

My new website is up!
Try it out.
  #90  
Old 02-22-2017, 12:20 PM
Mark Hatcher's Avatar
Mark Hatcher Mark Hatcher is offline
AGF Sponsor
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire
Posts: 3,472
Default MOP

I just mentioned the orchids made me think of spring at the shop but, it seems this winter is not to be out done. I also am selecting the MOP shell to use and I noticed the sky outside the shop;



I captured it quick with my IPhone. The winter clouds are full of ice crystals doing their best impression of mother of pearl!
__________________
Mark Hatcher
www.hatcherguitars.com

My new website is up!
Try it out.
Closed Thread

  The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Custom Shop

Thread Tools



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:56 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, The Acoustic Guitar Forum
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=