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Old 06-04-2020, 09:22 AM
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Cool story and awesome tribute to your friend.

The mahogany looks wonderful!

Thanks for sharing your story and your build--I'll be following along...
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Old 06-04-2020, 02:25 PM
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Congrats Rick, I know you waited a long time for this with a wedding to handle in between. I am glad the guitar has made it to the top of the to do list.

As a pretty sappy guy myself, the story of your friend and the mahogany was worth the price of admission.

I will be following along for sure. All the best.
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Old 06-04-2020, 02:40 PM
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In all seriousness, I completely agree. I cringe when folks either 1) exhibit guilt about not being worthy of their guitars or 2) criticize others for not being worthy of their guitars. Guitars, music, and lutherie are things of beauty. Our community should be about spreading and embracing beauty, as you are doing with this build.
No kidding. A checkbook and a credit card! Indeed. And a dear friend to remember. I bet a song about him comes right out of this soundhole pretty quick!!

Cool story, cool wood, and a fun thread to follow.

Enjoy the ride!!!

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I'm a sucker for a good story and this is definitely a good one. Best wishes for the build, I hope its more than you hope for
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. That said, be forewarned: this thread will stir the sleeping shenanigans of JT1 and Justonwo, Fairbanks owners and all-around bad actors. Both are terrible people with trash guitars and zero skills hell bent on warping the AGF world to their petty whims. they will kidnap your thread and insist that Dale send your completed guitar to them first to disparage its tone and put inappropriately large belt buckle scars on its pristine finish.
Isn't this cool! I also am having an F-SJ-45 build going on right now with Dale. I don't know how far along it is exactly, but I think just in early stages like yours! So I'll be following along closely. Pretty much the same specs, but no arm bevel, and I didn't have a piece of 100 year old mahogany to part with. It was hearing Justonwo describe his that made me pull the trigger on this about 18 months ago. I feel like I'm in good company now! I told Dale I wanted it to be just like the one in the short video on the North American Guitars website. That one is a beauty!
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Old 06-04-2020, 04:28 PM
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No kidding. A checkbook and a credit card! Indeed. And a dear friend to remember. I bet a song about him comes right out of this soundhole pretty quick!!

Cool story, cool wood, and a fun thread to follow.

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Paul - that is a great idea!
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Old 06-04-2020, 06:31 PM
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Dale sent me some more pictures of the mahogany being thicknessed and joined. Itís always fun to see the big machines do in moments what would take hours in a small shop. When I first met Dale, he was working out of a 20x20 garage and had everything stored neatly in every nook or crevice that could be found. What a change!

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Dale sent this photo as a comparison. My mahogany is on the left and a new piece of mahogany is on the right. Wowza!

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Old 06-04-2020, 06:33 PM
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Congrats Rick, I know you waited a long time for this with a wedding to handle in between. I am glad the guitar has made it to the top of the to do list.

As a pretty sappy guy myself, the story of your friend and the mahogany was worth the price of admission.

I will be following along for sure. All the best.
Tom - thanks so much for the good wishes. Best of all, I got Kathy’s seal of approval!

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Congratulations! I love my FB Roy Smeck. Dale is right up there with the best luthiers in the world
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Nice story to go along with this guitar build. Congratulations on coming into this set of wood, I would imagine there are not to many solid mahogany table tops out there to find, most being veneer. I love the dark color of this set. I can't wait for the final photos of this one.
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Old 06-05-2020, 08:19 AM
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I’m always amazed at how the bending process works. The first time I saw a bending machine, it was a computer controlled, thermal blanket, thermal sensored piece of custom machinery at the Guild guitar shop in New Hartford, Ct. and yet, luthiers have been bending wood over hot pipes, and in boiling water\steam for centuries.

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From Dale - "Sometimes with salvage wood, it’ll split when bending, or other nasty surprises will pop up. This went beautifully."

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My comment - "phewwww!!!"

This is getting very exciting. I almost want to take a trip up to Burlington and just sit and watch everything, even the glue drying!

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Old 06-08-2020, 02:11 PM
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Cutting the groove -interesting jig

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Fitting purfling

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scraping - Lots of scraping...

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I asked Dale to save the cutout. BTW, if you ever tour the Martin factory, thatís one of the neat goodies you get to take home. Martin cuts a lot of soundholes each year! They make great coasters, etc.

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Old 06-09-2020, 06:24 AM
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I am mid-way (a certain pandemic has postponed the project) in the process of producing a video of the guitar being played and talked about by some remarkable musicians: Jeff Beck, Vince Gill, Ruthie Foster, Mark O'Connor, John Jorgenson, Muriel Anderson, and a bunch of others. The guitar is currently with Emily Saliers, of the Indigo Girls, with whom I'm working on a certain project.
This sounds very, very cool. I can't wait to see what you come up with here!
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Great idea and great project! Dale makes amazing guitars. Based on JTís 43! Make sure he accounts for the tone-sapping effects of John Thomasís wet blanket personality when he voices it. It should sound a lot better that way. I had him do that with my JT 43 replica and it turned out great.
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Old 06-09-2020, 10:57 AM
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Make sure he accounts for the tone-sapping effects of John Thomasís wet blanket personality when he voices it. It should sound a lot better that way. I had him do that with my JT 43 replica and it turned out great.
Alas, as is too often the case, WoeIsJuston is wrong. At my recommendation, having unfortunately met Juston in person, I advised Dale to rub Juston's guitar with a blanket wet with fire retardant solution as a defense against Juston's caustic personality.

As Juston has correctly (!) pointed out, the results are excellent.
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