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Old 02-11-2018, 11:49 AM
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Nice stuff. Donít you love that Carruth scraper?

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Hats off to the Curruth scraper, and his Abralon bowling ball pads recommendation, fantastic!
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:31 PM
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Tad it is nice to see an archtop luthier posting in the AGF custom shop.... Red Maple being native to Michigan was a favorite of Gibson in Kalamazoo. We see way more Bigleaf Maple, Sycamore maple and Sugar Maple (typically flatsawn to show birdseye figure) these days.
Thanks, good to be here.

Many people think of f-holes as 'electric guitars', but originally they were pure acoustic. I like to build them lightweight and loud as a Martin.

Red maple is a beauty alright. Nice easy carving, gorgeous color, plentiful supply...

Of the soft maples, bigleaf is even slightly softer, but more difficult with extremely curly grain.

Just about to start spraying finish on this one here:

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Absolutely beautiful.

One of these days I want to attempt to build an arch top.
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This one features the above pictured slices of Bigleaf maple.

















European spruce top, African blackwood fingerboard, tailpiece, & finger rest.

Ultra light Brazilian rosewood bridge & saddle, eastern red maple neck, all maple bindings...

Custom wound Armstrong alnico 3 paf, stainless steel frets, Waverly tuners, dark cherry nitro lacquer sunburst, 17" wide. 3" sides, 1 23/32" nut, 5lbs.












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Very nice...thanks for sharing...
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Love the saddle...what is it?
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Very nice...thanks for sharing...
Thank you.
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Old 03-17-2018, 07:25 PM
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Love the saddle...what is it?
Thanks. The bridge & saddle are both Brazilian rosewood; the best sounding material for the job imo.

Carved down to the most minimal size, stripped of all metal parts, weighs almost nothing, allowing the top to be truly responsive.

Metal thumbwheels can also tend to need constant adjustment as vibration causes them to move around a lot.

Many players consequently believe that arch-tops need the metal wheels in order to constantly correct the string action height.

In my view, the necessity of arch-top saddle adjustments should be the same as a flat top acoustic, only every once in awhile as needed.

So this is how an arch-top bridge would look and function if it were a member of the violin and acoustic guitar family
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This next one is a 'grand performance' size 15 3/4" with a wild set of bigleaf maple, one piece red maple neck, and sitka spruce top I've had seasoning for 15 years.










African blackwood tailpiece & finger-rest, buffed & polished




Ultra-light 5 gram Brazilian rosewood bridge & saddle

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Aged sitka spruce top seasoned 15 years
Bigleaf maple back and sides
African blackwood fingerboard, tailpiece & finger-rest
Maple bindings
360 rounded edges
Ultralight 5 gram Brazilian rosewood bridge & saddle
One piece red maple neck
Stainless steel frets
Waverly tuners
Harmonically tuned tailpiece string after-length
Custom wound Armstrong Alnico 3 PAF
Nitro lacquer finish
15 3/4" body, 3.5" to 4" sides, 25.4" scale, 1 11/16" bone nut
Nice deep acoustic tone, light and responsive, 4 lbs, 11oz
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Tad those are truely beautiful instruments. I really like your use of maple binding around the maple body. Its especially nice in the last set of pictures. And the all wood bridge and saddle with no adjustment wheel is just an admirable commitment to the acoustic heritage of the arch top guitar.
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Tad,
There are so many features that I love about your guitars and your beautifully transitioned sunbursts. However, I think my favorite is your surgically precise miters on your F-hole bindings. Truly impeccable craftsmanship sir!

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Nice ... love the burst!
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Beautiful Guitars but I'm really impressed by the photography of your instruments. Do you take your own photos?

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Tad,
There are so many features that I love about your guitars and your beautifully transitioned sunbursts. However, I think my favorite is your surgically precise miters on your F-hole bindings. Truly impeccable craftsmanship sir!

PS, PM sent.
I am marveling at how he bent the binding in such a tight radius for the F hole.
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