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Old 01-30-2013, 02:36 AM
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Default David Wren Remuda build for TAMCO UK

David is well under way with this Remuda build for TAMCO. Its in Lutz spruce and Royal Macassar ebony. I have lots of photos so will upload over the next few days.

David's last guitar to arrive here sold in a few days, I barely had time to appreciate how wonderful it was.











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Old 01-31-2013, 02:33 AM
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A few more pics.

















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The latest photos from David.













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What is the difference between macassar ebony and Royal macassar ebony?

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Wow! Pure class!

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Here's David's comments on the Royal question.

"Royal is one of the many varieties of macassar found in SE Asia. One island over we have black and tan and green colors (Malaysian blackwood) the next island, more black and white (typical Macassar), the next is the purple, green, black (the Royal), etc. A little hybridization going on, micro climates, soil, along with names to distinguish the varieties, but all ebonacea."
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David Wren is a craftsman of the highest order.

One heck of a nice guy, too.
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He does great work! Nice and clean. Very impressive. It's one of those guitars you could just look at and know it's going to sound incredible. Looking forwarded to hearing your thoughts Trevor.
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Wow, that's beautiful!
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My best friend owns the twin to a guitar David made for Bruce Cockburn in 1979. I was able to visit his shop once in the early 1980s. Glad to see he is still building instruments.
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Wow! Pure class!

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He does great work! Nice and clean. Very impressive. It's one of those guitars you could just look at and know it's going to sound incredible. Looking forwarded to hearing your thoughts Trevor.
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My best friend owns the twin to a guitar David made for Bruce Cockburn in 1979. I was able to visit his shop once in the early 1980s. Glad to see he is still building instruments.
Hey B.L. ... Bruce Cockburn toured and recorded with three different guitars of mine over the years. If your buddy had a '79 of mine that I built along side Mr. C's ... that would probably be the second guitar I made for him. It was sure great working with a player of that caliber!
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Hello David. Thank you for joining this discussion. I was not aware that Bruce Cockburn played three different guitars of yours. Did he use them for different tunings? Also, what is the photo with the rope around the guitar about. I understand that you are applying the edge of the guitar, but I don't recall having seen rope doing this before.
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Hello David. Thank you for joining this discussion. I was not aware that Bruce Cockburn played three different guitars of yours. Did he use them for different tunings? Also, what is the photo with the rope around the guitar about. I understand that you are applying the edge of the guitar, but I don't recall having seen rope doing this before.
Hi BL ... to answer your first question ... Bruce Cockburn didn't own three of my guitars at once, but in succession. The first was a Florentine cutaway that Mike MacLuhan (then of Ring Music) and I delivered to Bruce in Ottawa (in a blinding snowstorm with no windshield defroster ... yikes!). The second instrument that Bruce commissioned from me had a Maccaferri style cutaway and a Takamine system built into it. This instrument was apparently leaning against a couch in a rehearsal studio when the couch caught fire, at which point the firemen came and subsequently kicked over the guitar and filled it with water. I occasionally get reports of this guitar still being used by a busker in Ottawa! The third instrument was a replacement for guitar number two and ultimately had the top painted dark blue by my friend George Gray (at Bruce's request).

To answer your question about roping the binding on ... this is an age-old method of applying the binding that dates (in my luthier lineage) back to 1870 and Francisco Gonzalez, who took on a 12-year-old Jose Ramirez as an apprentice, who taught Jose II, who taught Marcello Barbero, who taught Edgar Monch ... who of course taught the young Jean Larrivee. In the years 1973-1977 when I apprenticed with Jean, he was still using this method and I use it to this day.
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