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Old 09-30-2020, 09:50 AM
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Wow--the tuners really tie into the overall theme. Very cool!
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Old 10-07-2020, 05:18 PM
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The headstock inlay is completed.



Now, time for a neck massage. Beau posted a video of the initial rasping & filing; it made me a little nervous, tbh! I'm continually surprised by the order that guitars are put together... a lot of rough work is done after other parts are nicely finished. I'm sure there's a good reason for it.



The final product.
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Old 10-10-2020, 10:37 AM
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A better look at the completed headstock, front and back.



The body having nitro finish applied.

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It's been a while but we're in the endgame! In a Facebook post, he showed the final final polish being applied...



... and how he is, um... buffing it.



As he stated in his post, "this is really how I stand at times buffing certain parts." He did not name the particular parts.
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Old 01-10-2021, 08:09 PM
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The neck being attached.





It's an actual guitar now, not just pieces!
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Old 02-05-2021, 10:09 AM
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Bridge going on.









Beau also posted a couple short videos of the process to his Facebook page:

Placing and gluing bridge

Removing the protective tape and glue squeeze-out
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Old 02-06-2021, 05:56 AM
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He does make it look easy. Strings and music next????
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Old 02-06-2021, 12:17 PM
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He does make it look easy. Strings and music next????
Very close! I got a picture of the frets cut and ready to install, but no installation pictures. Needs a nut too, I imagine, tuners installed, and the pickup (Schatten HFN passive) put in somewhere in there. But very close to making music.
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Old 02-11-2021, 09:28 PM
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Tuners installed! Strings on! It's just about done.



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Old 02-14-2021, 10:19 AM
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Aw, nuts. Material is natural bone.

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Old 02-22-2021, 08:22 AM
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Tuners installed! Strings on! It's just about done.



Chip,
When I saw the early shot of the custom tuners my first inclination was to suggest having the plates inset flush with the sides of the headstock, which is something I've never seen done.

I wish I'd have followed the build earlier.

In any case it's a beauty. Use it in good health!

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Wow, beautiful!
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I had Beau build me a baritone scale uke and then got to know him pretty well as he was one of the six luthiers in our Luthiers for a Cause project that raised $130K for The Ukulele Kids Club (support music therapy). He is a wonderful luthier and does some really fantastic artisan design work.

Congrats on a wonderful build that has come together very nicely! I cannot wait to hear your thoughts when you get this lovely guitar in your hand.

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Old 03-11-2021, 10:03 PM
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It's *this* close! Except a gigantic snowstorm on the way this weekend will delay any attempt to pick it up soon. In the meantime, here is a detail shot of the rosette:



I had a Schatten HFN passive pickup installed. Beau posted a bunch of pics of the installation and the jig he made to do it. Rather than re-post all the pics, here's a link to the sequence (about 15 photos): https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=...43008255787860. I think you can view it without signing in to Facebook.

The final shot in the series also shows a bit of the end graft detail. You can see some of the fantastic "3D" engraving Beau sometimes does on his inlays. It really suits this design.

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Old 04-15-2021, 05:11 PM
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A week from today I will be playing the guitar myself, but for now, here's someone else (artist David Starr) who got to check it out. To quote the three bears, "Somebody's been playing *my* guitar!".



Glamour shots soon to come.
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