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Old 08-21-2023, 10:21 AM
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Wow! That fretboard looks like it’s on fire [emoji91]!!
I grew up In Redding and learned to ski on Mt Shasta…this is going to be some guitar!!
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Old 08-21-2023, 04:31 PM
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Man, Mark...this is such a beautiful and special build!
Thanks Treenewt, it is coming along well. I still have a couple additions. This will be french polished so I’m pushing to have it all ready for Woodstock. The 100yrs robbery date will hit the same week as the Woodstock show

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Wow! That fretboard looks like it’s on fire [emoji91]!!
I grew up In Redding and learned to ski on Mt Shasta…this is going to be some guitar!!
Thanks canuck7, It is the fiery look of that cloud figured Cocobolo that inspired this whole train robbery guitar build.

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Old 08-23-2023, 08:21 AM
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I'm working away on the headstock for this 250yrs old sinker Mahogany neck.
The headstock is attached to the neck using a traditional bird's mouth joint:





It is fine work to get the joint tight but when done correctly I can't think of a stronger way to attach a headstock. Certainly it is stronger than a one piece neck.



You can see this is a slot head and I selected these beautiful Scheller tuners to go on it:



The tuners have hand engraved scroll work that just speaks train to me.
I won't go on and on (like I usually do) about the quality of these tuners. Let's just say they are good. Compared to factory tuners they are awesome.

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Old 08-23-2023, 08:38 AM
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Mark, the birds beak join is awesome. I’ve only seen one other in progress photos (Bruce Sexauer) and this one stands out as another top tier example of master craftsmanship. The tuners are absolutely stunning. Great build overall.
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Old 08-23-2023, 09:25 AM
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I have those exact turners on one of my guitars. I think they look fantastic. And work as, well or better, than they look. Good choice.
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Old 08-23-2023, 01:54 PM
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Mark, the birds beak join is awesome. I’ve only seen one other in progress photos (Bruce Sexauer) and this one stands out as another top tier example of master craftsmanship. The tuners are absolutely stunning. Great build overall.
Thanks Brad!

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I have those exact turners on one of my guitars. I think they look fantastic. And work as, well or better, than they look. Good choice.
I think they are among the best available and the folks at Scheller are great to work with.

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Old 08-24-2023, 09:04 AM
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Here is an old picture of a Southern Pacific train conductor from the same period as the last great train robbery:



There are many traditions in the world of trains, such as the uniforms and the company lapel pins you see this train conductor wearing. I think one of those pins would go great on this guitar and I know just the place to put it.

First I have to get a nice old Southern Pacific company pin.

And so I did:



I found just what I wanted. It's old and the brass is worn. It is tarnished with a little of the green patina that old brass gets. I love that woven SP design!

Here it is sunk into the headstock:



The face plate is the same cloud figured Cocobolo and the truss rod cover is BRW. The colors will come together more as the finish is goes on.

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This is absolutely brilliant. Phenomenal.
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Amazing job integrating the pin into the headstock--very cool, Mark!
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Well you know me, I like that style of headstock!! Awesome look…bet it will light up with finish…!! Can’t wait to see it!!
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Old 08-25-2023, 04:18 AM
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This is absolutely brilliant. Phenomenal.
Thanks for commenting Merlemantel!

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Amazing job integrating the pin into the headstock--very cool, Mark!
Thank you Nemoman. I think it contributes very well.

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Well you know me, I like that style of headstock!! Awesome look…bet it will light up with finish…!! Can’t wait to see it!!
I know you are a slot head fan. I like the ergonomics and lightweight. I think a slot head has the traditional look I want on this build. Thanks!

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Here is a full view of the guitar coming together:



The gold Evo frets are in and I particularly like the look that the Cocobolo binding brings to the guitar:



It is just the first shellac seal coats on at this point. The full guitar is getting French polished which again fits with this more traditional build.

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Mark, that button in the headstock is so cool! I love the way this one has come together!
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I’m catching up on this thread. The story is compelling. The guitar is gorgeous. The deep creamy brown case is scrumptious. Now, I want to hear the guitar and I want chocolate and a train set! :-)
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Old 08-30-2023, 04:38 AM
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Mark, that button in the headstock is so cool! I love the way this one has come together!
Thanks for coming along! I appreciate your support and comments!

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I’m catching up on this thread. The story is compelling. The guitar is gorgeous. The deep creamy brown case is scrumptious. Now, I want to hear the guitar and I want chocolate and a train set! :-)
Best,
Jayne
Thank you Jayne, I’m bringing it to the Woodstock show which is the same week as the 100 yr mark of the train robbery. Dustin Furlow will be demoing it early Saturday afternoon. We’ll try to make a video of that to post later.

Of course, you can come by my table and take the guitar for a test run yourself.
If you can come please be sure to introduce yourself and give me your AGF name. That goes for anyone here. I love putting the people with the names I see here on the forum.

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