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Old 07-20-2021, 11:18 AM
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Default Whipple Creek D28 - German Spruce / Guatemalan Rosewood

Well, I'm at it again. I've heard enough good things about Terry Whipple's builds, and after speaking with numerous reputable folks (including Robert Bowlin himself), I decided to pull the trigger on a D28 build. It's in the early stages, but the ball is officially rolling.

I went with a German spruce top and Guatemalan Rosewood (or Panamanian depending who you ask - Dalbergia Tucurensis) back and sides. It'll have maple bindings, herringbone perfling, natural finish, diamond/square inlays, EVO frets, and a 1 3/4" mod V neck. Terry has taken specific measurements and studied, in detail, the several mid-late 30s Martin dreads that Robert Bowlin has owned, and bases his D18 and D28 build specs/bracing specifically from those guitars. Still deciding if I want to go with a laminated ebony or T-bar truss rod, and pretty sure I want a Brazilian Rosewood fretboard and bridge, if Terry can source 'em. Otherwise, I may do an ebony fretboard with an African Blackwood bridge just to switch things up. Anyhow, a couple pics...




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Old 07-20-2021, 11:27 AM
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This one looks impressive. The hard part is going to be deciding which one to play!
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This will be a monster, Matt. I had a chance to play a Whipple Creek D28 at a festival several years back. I have wanted one of Terry's guitars ever since then.
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Terry is moving along quickly! Body will be together before we know it.


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Terry is cruising right along...






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Another beauty soon heading your way. Congrats, man!
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Matt, you are KILLING me with all
Of these amazing guitars! Congrats!! That’s gonna be awesome.
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Thanks, and I promise you can play them one day.

Box is closed up, ready for binding. I went with solid wood (Holly, which is a little lighter colored than maple).






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Light build, two tone bars and pre-cleated to avoid a top seam split?



I bet it is a lot easier to put a cleat in there now rather than
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Light build, two tone bars and pre-cleated to avoid a top seam split?



I bet it is a lot easier to put a cleat in there now rather than
later ...

-Mike
Yes, the bracing measurements come from a 1935 Martin D28. And I agree on the cleat!
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