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Old 11-19-2021, 01:59 PM
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A retirement guitar all Texas. Now that is really special! Congrats.

One has to wonder ... will you require auditioners to be Texans as well?

Love the woods. The Hackberry rosette will be really special. And all that Texas sweat from Steve and Ryan will make for some schweeet music from this one.
Special exceptions will be made for anyone who has attended each and every B.I.G. or are from the eastern sea board!

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Tom, a bit more of this story: once when John was here visiting we drove 30 minutes north of town to a mom-n-pop hardwood yard. (One never knows what treasures might be found in such places.) It was an interesting enterprise, with a surprising variety of domestic and exotic species, all tucked away in a big tin barn. To add to the homey feel, their security was two huge Great Dane dogs. One in particular took to my brother and would amble over and lean his full weight against his legs. I think John felt obligated to buy something…anything—the pressure was on. At this trip we found several boards of Amazon rosewood, and this one large board of Mesquite. I really wanted one of us to snag the board, but I had grabbed the rosewood and my bank account already was fussing at me. So Brother John stepped up and got the board, some of which is now becoming your guitar.

He has the rest of this board at his North Carolina shop, should anyone else want to enjoy some “Texas Rosewood”. Just sayin’.

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Unless the abalone came from the coastal waters off Texas, I'm thinking you gotta go with the dark Texas Ebony!
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Good story Bro. Well told!
I was trying to think how long ago that was. I think that board had been sitting in their warehouse for a pretty long time judging from the dust and add the years since our visit that board was from a tree cut a number of years ago. I believe its it's well seasoned
Well seasoned...just like the rest of us involved in this project with the exception of the extremely young and handsome Ryan.
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Old 11-21-2021, 12:59 PM
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What a great build and a great way to kick off your Texas retirement. I love all the TX wood choices, and am also amazed that the Mesquite is so relatively straight. It looks like blonde Brazilian! I've got a big old Mesquite tree in my front yard that spirals towards the sun. It'd be a shame if a wind storm uprooted it. I also have some TX ebony on a CS the boys built a while back, and while I'm not even remotely a Texan, I love the fact that a minor wood choice like that pays homage to the area from where it was built. You've got that in spades with this one.

I also can't wait to see your inlay come together. We all know Craig does amazing work. Congrats!
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Old 11-21-2021, 05:59 PM
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What a great build and a great way to kick off your Texas retirement. I love all the TX wood choices, and am also amazed that the Mesquite is so relatively straight. It looks like blonde Brazilian! I've got a big old Mesquite tree in my front yard that spirals towards the sun. It'd be a shame if a wind storm uprooted it. I also have some TX ebony on a CS the boys built a while back, and while I'm not even remotely a Texan, I love the fact that a minor wood choice like that pays homage to the area from where it was built. You've got that in spades with this one.

I also can't wait to see your inlay come together. We all know Craig does amazing work. Congrats!

Thanks for the kind words and support. You know I value your opinion. I absolutely love mesquite. If your tree ever does go, it may be of value to have a pro cut it up for sellable lumber. I have no idea the cost ratios of course, but it is really valued down here at least especially nice slabs. Big slabs of walnut sell for 4 to 5 grand if they are nice.

Craig drew up a design which I think will be great. All Tx species of flowers and birds etc. Steve is going to top it off with a nice little touch on the headstock also. Hopefully it will be just enough to be cool, but not over-the-top.
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Old 11-23-2021, 08:52 AM
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Here are the required pictures of pieces coming together before they are made into an inclosed box.

tx mesquite guitar 9.jpg tx mesquite guitar 10.jpg

Popular bevel all laminated and shaped for the arm bevel


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Eastern red cedar linings gluing in.


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And this is a picture of an Esperanza flower from our back yard that should be one of the flowers that make the inlay from Craig.

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Old 11-23-2021, 02:09 PM
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Carving the back braces and Steve gluing up the neck. This is Mesquite/poplar (black)/basswood/poplar/mesquite/poplar/basswood/poplar/mesquite. That is a lot of layers.

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This is going to be a great guitar with a great Texas connection. That Brazilian OM that was at BIG was an exceptional guitar that had me panting and all of the guitars on that table had a family sound that told me that they could hit it out of the park all the time.

One of their guitars will be hanging in my house someday. Maybe a Texas-themed one. I'm watching this thread!
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Coming along partner! Happy Thanksgiving All!
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This is going to be a great guitar with a great Texas connection. That Brazilian OM that was at BIG was an exceptional guitar that had me panting and all of the guitars on that table had a family sound that told me that they could hit it out of the park all the time.

One of their guitars will be hanging in my house someday. Maybe a Texas-themed one. I'm watching this thread!
Hey Soma, many thanks for the kind remembrances from this year’s BIG. We would love to hang a guitar somewhere “in your house someday”. Heck, we’ll help you decorate each room if you’d like!

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The boys got involved in another project today, but did have time to clean up the neck...looks nice.


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The boys got involved in another project today, but did have time to clean up the neck...looks nice.


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That looks great!
I really like the layup and I'm envious of your mesquite planks.
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It DOES look great!

Happy thanksgiving to all

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Love this build. Save all the Mesquite shavings and scrap and smoke a brisket with it. Then you can have a celebratory BBQ when the guitar arrives. A Mesquite treat for all the senses, ha!
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Love this build. Save all the Mesquite shavings and scrap and smoke a brisket with it. Then you can have a celebratory BBQ when the guitar arrives. A Mesquite treat for all the senses, ha!
What incOherent said! BBQ!!!! Yum

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Old 11-27-2021, 08:38 AM
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Love this build. Save all the Mesquite shavings and scrap and smoke a brisket with it. Then you can have a celebratory BBQ when the guitar arrives. A Mesquite treat for all the senses, ha!
Now there is a man with the big picture on his mind. Well done, (or more medium for brisket)!
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