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Neck and headstock are well underway . That braz figuring on the headstock lights my fire



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Old 02-27-2018, 05:55 AM
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Here's the latest from Patrick. We now have some bracing for the top. With the top and back braced, certainly the box will be coming together soon.





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Ya know what bugs me about this guy? So messy, I wish he would do cleaner work!
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That is some incredible carving right there!
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Ya know what bugs me about this guy? So messy, I wish he would do cleaner work!
Tom,

I had a weak moment - you can clearly see the mess in the left corner, neatly assembled and out of the way. Lol
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Ya know what bugs me about this guy? So messy, I wish he would do cleaner work!
I know if I was running a pattern bit on my router table I'd look like I was tarred and feathered. This guy makes it look like the cleanest task in the shop!

Great work so far!
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Old 03-07-2018, 08:21 AM
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This build thread has been awesome to read through. Some stunning pictures for sure. I went to graduate school in Springfield, MA and wish I would have been into guitar at that time, as I would have loved to have stopped by Patrick's shop to check it out. Enjoy the rest of this process!
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Old 09-18-2020, 10:54 AM
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Everyone, Well...I guess I should have updated this thread sooner, but let's just say there were a few delays on both sides of the "custom build Isle" and as such it is what it is. That said, this guitar is now finished. So I want to add a few of the missing "process" pics, and then in my next post I will give you all the completed pics with some comments from my 40 year veteran luthier who is Taylor and Martin certified. His comments will give you an outsider's point of view on this guitar and the builder.

So here are a few from the build process now completed:

Check out the very cool herringbone trim on the inside braces!!





Oversize Gold EVO frets surrounding Patrick's own two tone (MOP/Paua Abalone diamonds.





I haven't seen numbered pins very often



What I see in Patricks work is a level of "attention to detail" that is really rare and that I have not seen often over the past several hundred guitars I've owned from some pretty well known builders both custom and otherwise. I think as you look at the photos, you'll see a level of perfectionism that is readily accepted in a custom build.

The next post will provide some finished photos. Stay tuned!
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Here are the completed pictures. I promised in my last post that I would provide comments from my 40 year veteran luthier. Before you read his comments, realize that this guy has not only worked on virtually every kind of guitar known to man during his tenure, but I have taken almost every guitar I've had built, as well as almost every guitar I've bought over the past bunch of years. So, his comments are with a TON of experience. As he talked about it, I recorded his comments and here are a few excerpts

--"I'm amazed at this guy's attention to detail"
--"his quality and attention to detail has got a lot on Taylor"
--"the neck is perfectly straight...not like most builder's guitars I've seen over
the years that have bumps or curves or whatever"
--"I don't think I've ever seen a nut more precisely set than that one"
--"look at the detail on the inside of that guitar...wow!"
--"the tone is just amazing, and the sustain is really special"
--"I've never seen better work on the fretboard and the finishing of the frets
than what I'm seeing here"
--"Mike, you need to plan to KEEP this one!!"


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Just one word: wow!
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Well, it was indeed a long time coming, but you should know eventually, I would not steer you wrong!
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Awesomeness--great things are worth waiting for.

Congrats!
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Well, it was indeed a long time coming, but you should know eventually, I would not steer you wrong!
For sure!! This guitar is frankly pretty amazing. The tone is very piano like and each note with distinction and yet enough reverb etc. to just leave your mouth watering. Playability it spot on. And...what surprised me (in a very good way) the most was the low end given that it is Koa...just superb.

Thanks again Tom for the "heads up" on a great builder . If anyone knows their guitars and builders, it is you. You surround yourself with only the best of the best.
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This guitar is stunning!
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That's an amazing guitar! The build pictures were great and the finished instrument does not disappoint (understatement)!
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