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Old 02-14-2015, 01:39 PM
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I kind of chuckle to myself sometimes with all the debate regarding the BRW in terms of building with it or not building with it or I would never spend the extra money on using it, give me EIR of Hog any day etc.

That is all fine and good and God Bless everyone for their opinions and their right to have one. THEN I see a piece of BRW like the back and sides on this cutaway and I wonder how could anyone that is in their right mind say no to something that looks like this and will sound like this.

Mark, this guitar is just outstanding beautiful. I see a Peacock tail opening from the base of the guitar and spreading out over the back!

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I agree BRW is hard to rival in terms of looks, well you might as well add sound, workability, and even smell. Opinions and taste will always vary but, for me, the top tier woods are BRW, Koa, and Cocobolo. BRW has the edge.

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Old 02-17-2015, 12:54 PM
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I've started putting on the black ebony trim on the cut-away Josie. There will be Blue Paua abalone purfling and the top, sides, and back. Abalone really sparkles when it's bordered on black:





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Darth Vader comes to mind when I look at the back of that guitar. Ominous looking. With the abalone it's going look like a very rich Darth Vader.
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Darth Vader comes to mind when I look at the back of that guitar. Ominous looking. With the abalone it's going look like a very rich Darth Vader.
Not to me! It reminds me more of, um, Georgia O'Keefe, shall we say? The abalone and ebony will make it even more seductive.
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Darth Vader, Georgia O'Keefe? There's an unlikely combination!

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Where does my peacock come into play with those two????
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Where does my peacock come into play with those two????
You know, I just don't know?
I'm confused
You know?
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I've been working on the neck of the full bodied Josie with the Bloodwood trim.

Here is the fretboard which is BRW and Bloodwood bound with maple purfling:





I'm working on the headstock today which will carry on with the same theme.

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I know, I think I know, I'm still digging out from the snow and winds last Sunday, I know you know that, you know?
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Boy oh boy, the rosette and the fret board with the bloodwood binding, all come together there in a piece of artwork to be sure. Looking great Mr. Hatcher! These two builds are definitely Brazilian Beauties!
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Boy oh boy, the rosette and the fret board with the bloodwood binding, all come together there in a piece of artwork to be sure. Looking great Mr. Hatcher! These two builds are definitely Brazilian Beauties!
Thanks! I like seeing how two guitars that are the same model and back and side woods can be so different.

Now that both guitar bodies are closed up I was interested in what the pitch difference would be when tapping the tops. They are both the same model and have the same back and side woods but there are a lot of differences:

The cutaway would have a bit less air volume so that might raise the pitch

The full bodied guitar has a sound port which may raise it's pitch

One has a ADI top the other Swiss Spruce but, the tops were voiced similarly so that should pretty much be a wash.

Typically the things that effect the body pitch would be;
The air volume
The size of the sound hole
The location of the sound hole
The flexibility to the top and back
The body shape, dimensions, and depth

Without putting them on a strobe, it turns out that they are exactly the same pitch to my ear. Go figure.

Does that mean they will sound the same? Absolutely not, because the strung up sound adds another whole can of worms like the fact that one has a 25.5" scale length while the other is 24.75". The tops, although voiced similarly, are different species of spruce with different density and Q values.
One top is rung with abalone purfling, the other with wood. Does that make a difference? Beats me

These are the kind of things you think about when it takes you six hours the make a sculpted headplate for a headstock:



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And a scrumptious looking headplate at that. Gorgeous Mark. Gonna be really special and fit the esthetic perfectly.
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And a scrumptious looking headplate at that. Gorgeous Mark. Gonna be really special and fit the esthetic perfectly.
Thanks cigarfan,

I'm getting that all glued up today along with the fretboard. I'll carve the neck and once it's fretted we'll have it off to the finisher. I'm hoping Monday or Tuesday (weather permitting)

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Default 1st BRW Josie off to finisher

I wrapped up the Bloodwood BRW Josie and shipped it off to the finisher today.
Here are some parting shots:













The second Josie is still coming together. I'll have more pics of that one up soon!

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Another beauty Mark. The rosette and the fretboard are really nice looking together, incredible actually.
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