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Old 10-11-2012, 04:44 PM
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Ray traveled to Peru in 1895 and felled a highly sought after Kerfing tree. He's been curing it ever since so that he could use it on my guitar. He cuts the kerfing himself with a laser from his right eye. Very dangerous to interrupt him during this process.






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Was that "the Kerfing tree"? Wow... I've always wanted a guitar made with wood from "the Kerfing tree"...

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No, you're thinking of The Plant. This tree was nicknamed The The Tree, as it was the first tree to ever be given an affectionate nickname by luthiers.
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The kerfing hath been fully kerfed.




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Wow, that is going to be a terrific guitar!

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Old 10-12-2012, 06:14 PM
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Ray decided against the toilet lid at the last minute and chiseled the bracing off. I guess he seems to think this ebony will work better. I'm really taking a leap of faith with him here.

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I thought for a few posts that your guitar was going to be a non cutaway.

Ray mentioned that he never built a non cutaway Mod D, not even during his apprenticeship with Ervin.

I'm considering a 12-fret Mod D, no cutaway.

The strong contrast on your guitar gave me a few ideas.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:52 AM
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That was just to throw you off the trail. I actually think the aesthetics are so nice with the cutaway that I would probably opt for it even if there wasn't a functional issue. A 12 fret non-cutaway would definitely be cool to see.
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Ray mentioned that he never built a non cutaway Mod D, not even during his apprenticeship with Ervin.
When I originally commissioned my Kostal MD, it was a non-cutaway. I needed to save money because I had gone for upgraded back and sides.

However, as the build approached, I thought increasingly that ordering a non-cutaway MD was rather like getting a yellow Ferrari; there are one or two around, but most are red. I bought the red guitar in the end.

The Andamento is non-cutaway, and there are a few others, but not many.

Now, a 12-fret cutaway MD would be an interesting idea, but read Ervin's books re 12-vs 14-fret bridge positioning.

My Kostal OM will be non-cutaway.

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As per Ervin, the 12-fret models have a bit of a softer tone, more melodic -- but I just think they look cool.

While I may not buy the yellow Ferrari, I would probably go for silver rather than red...

I also think the non-cutaway body is a better fit with Ray's elevated fingerboard design. I live in a difficult climate (very humid in the summer, very dry in the winter) so a bolt-on neck is a neat feature (just in case).
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The rim gets its first coat of shellac.

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Soundport collection?
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Collection of cubist soundports. Or single cubist soundport. It's open to interpretation. Are we together? Are we alone? Are we just a bunch of squares (and rectangles)? It's a thought piece.
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Oh and there's this.

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Ray's shop at night. The ebony blends right in.

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