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Old 04-13-2018, 06:51 PM
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Very nice of you to take the time to say so, John!

Here is yet another picture of the 00 back, this time with 7 coats of oil varnish applied:
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:54 PM
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Today I fretted the JB-15, then made a bridge and glued it on. Finally, I installed the tuners. For reasons not yet known, taking pictures of a bridge is a skill I have not yet acquired, but you will get a rough idea, perhaps.



Tweaking the contrast makes the contours visible:


While the top is NOT this color, the BRW bridge pretty much is:
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Old 04-15-2018, 07:10 PM
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We've picked the BRW for Ben's JB-15. Here are a couple of shots of the back joined and somewhat scraped. Two different camera settings were used. The back is very dark and it is challenging to get the wood to be visible w/o any finish on it.





Edited to add an unretouched shot, which may actually look better!(?)
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:42 PM
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Really nice back there bruce.

Bob and I got a change to play some Sexauer guitar’s at artisan. Good times.

I liked his jumbo as did the other folks who I saw play it.
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:48 PM
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BRUCE!!!

That Tree mahogany looks awesome! Love it... Will catch up with this thread in a bit.

I got permission to post these videos, hope it's OK with you. I met Bob Saturday morning at Harrisburg. Also on hand was Ted Ludwig, an extraordinary jazz guitarist from New Orleans, and John Slobod. Bob had his Australian blackwood guitar on hand and we got to do a little test-drive. I was first, but mercifully, no recordings were taken (I hope.) I do believe it is one of the best guitars I have played - at least it does cowboy chords in an exemplary fashion!

But, Ted got to put the guitar through its paces a bit. Of course, he had just woken up, and we were headed for breakfast... But I though you'd appreciate this. I would have gotten more footage but my battery was on the brink of death.

20180414_082533 by Louie Atienza, on Flickr
20180414_083236 by Louie Atienza, on Flickr

By the time John got to the guitar it was on its last breath...
20180414_090052 by Louie Atienza, on Flickr

Beautiful instrument, both in looks and sound. I thank Bob for the opportunity to check it out, and hang out with me!
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:50 PM
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Thankfully, no audio here!
[IMG]20180414_082240 by Louie Atienza, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Thanks Louis...
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I must be missing something, I can't find any videos, just the photos? OK, sorry, for anyone else who's computer is running slow, click on the photos and go to the Flickr page and then click on the photos again and the video controls show up.

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Very nice.
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:43 AM
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I must be missing something, I can't find any videos, just the photos? OK, sorry, for anyone else who's computer is running slow, click on the photos and go to the Flickr page and then click on the photos again and the video controls show up.

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Yes Tom, you'll have to click on the photos... I didn't embed the video, possibly because I don't have a clue lololol
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Old 04-17-2018, 04:07 PM
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Great work, Louie! Bob to, of course, but I sort of take that for granted, or at the least as utterly normal.

I am getting into Ben's JB-15. He has a friend who bought my personal JB-15 (for 10 years) a few months ago, and Ben, not unreasonably, wants his to overshadow his friend Wayne's. This will be challenging, and I am thinking Ben will have to settle for merely distinctive. Ben's will have technically superior Brazilian, but I've never had prettier than Wayne's. Ben's will have abalone for the rosette and the top purfling, whereas Wayne's merely has a burst. Wayne's was for many years the tonal standard by which I judged all of my work, and I rarely made a better guitar, perhaps a quarter of the time by my ear, and I imagine that in this regard I may be able to give the nod to Ben's with only a little luck.

Here's Ben's rosette in a truly killer stiff 2003 Italian "Rivolta" top:


Closer:


1st tier of bracing going in:
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Beautiful with the Koa and the Abalone...
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That looks very pretty Bruce, the rosette is very tasteful yet blingy while that Italian looks smooth as silk, talk about nice tight straight grain verified by the stiffness. With that Italian spruce over BRW, I think that guitar while turn out just fine!!!
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:12 PM
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2nd tier of bracing going in:

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Old 04-18-2018, 06:34 PM
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Time to deal with end blocks and sides!

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