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Old 10-09-2016, 05:33 AM
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Awesome! I see my Penelope made the wall. Love it. Really like your shingle too Mark. Eye catching.

Glad for your success with the tour. I love my Hatcher's and I'm sure your new customers will feel the same.
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All looks great....have a wonderful event this weekend.
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Thanks for the kind words Geoff. I like and can hear the difference using a rosewood neck. Objectively, it adds more sustain. Objectively/subjectively, it gives fuller trebles. Subjectively, it feels better on the fretting hand.
Weight wise it adds 2 to 3 ounces if the wood is chosen wisely. This is easily offset by open back tuners and an oversize or heavier tail block. Which, by the way, the additional weight on the tail block also adds to sustain. I am a big advocate of building very light guitars, though, I am not at all against putting weight where it belongs. I should add that these are incremental improvements and are not of the scale of change you hear on an electric guitar.

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I appreciate the detailed response, Mark. It's certainly helpful. Thanks!
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Old 10-11-2016, 04:25 PM
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Awesome! I see my Penelope made the wall. Love it. Really like your shingle too Mark. Eye catching.

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Thanks Fellas! It was time well spent. Sunday was a little slower due to rain and Monday wasn't killer either but, frankly the whole weekend was a success by the end of the day on Saturday. This being my second year on the tour, word had gotten out that there was a guitar builder showing so there were a lot more seriously interested folks coming through. I was also interviewed by the local newspaper and a Southern New Hampshire magazine so this isn't over yet. One of the nice things that appealed to possible buyers, besides being here to select the woods, is the offer of a seat right next to me when I carve the neck "How's this feel?" "How about now?" "A little more here?"

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I appreciate the detailed response, Mark. It's certainly helpful. Thanks!
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:23 AM
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One of the great things about participating in the local art tour has been meeting the local people. A number of nice leads from woodworkers are panning out very nicely. I just picked up this 100lb billet of old black ebony from a cabinet maker who is downsizing. He's had if for 20 plus years. At the very least I'm good for black ebony fretboards and bridges for awhile. At best there may a few guitars in there too! It's over 40 inches long and 9 inches thick;

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Wow--that is some chunk of wood! Nice find--looking forward to seeing what treasures you find and make out of it!
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One of the great things about participating in the local art tour has been meeting the local people. A number of nice leads from woodworkers are panning out very nicely. I just picked up this 100lb billet of old black ebony from a cabinet maker who is downsizing. He's had if for 20 plus years. At the very least I'm good for black ebony fretboards and bridges for awhile. At best there may a few guitars in there too! It's over 40 inches long and 9 inches thick;

um.....maybe like 4 ukulele fret boards max.
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Wow--that is some chunk of wood! Nice find--looking forward to seeing what treasures you find and make out of it!
Me too! I haven't had the opportunity to get a billet this large before. I got a smaller one that I got four guitar back and side sets from;



I've used two of those sets so far but, they are only large enough to do my smaller two guitar body styles, the Pina parlor which sold;



The second one I built and have for sale is the Penelope model;



Even as smaller models they both have that strong "piano" tone so I jumped at the opportunity for more and possibly larger sets
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Wow, that is some chunk of ebony. Can't wait to see what it produces.
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Be careful not to take out your back lifting that thing.
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Thanks fellas, It's a challenge to work out how to approach this log. It's a quartered log so the grain arcs 90 degrees. My current thought is to go for two billets first, one for backs, then cut a sides billet. I'm thinking I can easily get 2 inch thick billets which will give me a good yield of sets. There will be plenty of cut off for fretboards and bridges. I'll end up making some sort of sled to get this monster through the band saw
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Sure is.
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Sure is.
Hope you are enjoying it!

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Absolutely Mark.
An amazingly awesome guitar. The little guitar with a large voice.
So much eye candy as well. The feel is superb.

Why just yesterday Alex and I were applauding your stuff as one of the two best kept secrets for price and value.

Cheers...as I tip my glass to you.
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Old 10-23-2016, 08:25 AM
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Absolutely Mark.
An amazingly awesome guitar. The little guitar with a large voice.
So much eye candy as well. The feel is superb.

Why just yesterday Alex and I were applauding your stuff as one of the two best kept secrets for price and value.

Cheers...as I tip my glass to you.
Well Thanks! Glad to hear that

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