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Old 05-10-2013, 07:50 PM
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Default Custom OM Kauri/Heart Rimu

Hi,

I finished this custom OM this week and thought I'd share the pics.
It features all New Zealand tonewoods, a recycled Kauri top, Heart Rimu back & sides, recycled puriri fretboard & bridge and a recycled Kauri neck. A Kowhaiwhai soundhole and soundport design with paua inlays.

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Christian.










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Old 05-14-2013, 01:56 PM
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Looks beautiful! I love the sound hole and sound port design, and the whole understated classy vibe the guitar has.

Specs and/or sound clips appreciated!
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:04 PM
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Beautiful work!!
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:12 PM
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Another beautiful guitar!!!
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:33 PM
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Default Custom OM Kauri/Heart Rimu

Nice stuff. I really like your style with the understated no bindings. Do you set the top and back inside of the sides to seal and protect the end grain?
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:16 PM
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Thanks for the kind comments guys.

Regarding the mitred joins, they are glued with polyurethane glue so are glued and sealed at the same time. Because there is no channel to be cut for binding my kerfing is thin too at 2.5mm.

Just got this email this morning from the proud owner.

Hi Christian,

I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner.
I received the guitar on Monday, and it is simply AMAZING! I love it, your work is absolutely fantastic. The sound is amazing too, it's warm, detailed and deep at the same time and in the whole range. And the sustain is so long! Exactly what I asked for! It is loud, so I can play easily with volume variation. The playability is perfect, the neck and the action make it very easy to play fast without applying to much tension. I realized this as soon as I played the guitar, but I actually saw a huge difference when I tried to play a song from John mayer called "Neon". He plays this song with a strat, but on the live album, there is an acoustic version. It is technically hard to play, the song is fast, with lots of large movements on the neck. If you listen to it, you'll quickly know what I'm talking about!. I had a hard time trying to play fluently with a few guitars but with this (I should say "my" or "your"!) guitar, the difference is obvious. I still have to work on it though!

I will try to call you this week to personally thank you for this beautiful job.

Cheers,

Julien.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:23 PM
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Sorry Tristan,

The specs for this guitar are.

Guitar: OM
Top: Recycled Kauri
Back: Heart Rimu
Sides: Heart Rimu
Neck: Recycled Kauri
Fretboard: Recycled Puriri
Bridge: Recycled Puriri
Headplate: Heart Rimu
Soundhole Kowhaiwhai
Soundport: Kauri leaf silhouette with koru
Rounded arm rest
Mitred Body
Bracing: Hybrid A frame X Bracing
Bridge pins End: Boxwood with Paua dot
Position markers: 2mm Paua dot kowhaiwhai paua inlays.
Fretwire: Medium Brass
Saddle & Nut: Bone
Head Inlay: Paua Koru, with initials J A
Tuners: Wilkinson gold 1:19
Trussrod: Two way adjustable
Strap Buttons: Gold
Case: SKB Hard Shell
Guitar strings: Coated Light guage
Finish: Eco wax over Polyurethane sealer.
Scale: 650mm
Nut width:44mm
Saddle spacing 56mm

Cheers,

Christian.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:53 AM
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Christian, have you thought of attending the guitar festival here in Melbourne?

Melbourne Guitars Makers’ festival is scheduled for 26 and 27 October. See http://www.melbourneguitarmakersfestival.com/index.htm for details.
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