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Old 04-19-2019, 03:48 PM
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Surely SOMEONE can diss my wordplay?

The hOMage box is closed:





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Old 04-19-2019, 05:46 PM
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I thought it was very clever, but did not want to give you too much credit for you cleverness I am still trying to get over how nice the BRW is...
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:40 PM
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I think of my 40 sets of BRW as A, AA, AAA, and Master. This bears no relationship with standard wood grading, but is for my internal use. They go in steps from $2500 to $7000 as far as upcharge is concerned.

This set is A grade, meaning it has the "casual" appearance of quarter everywhere inside the waist. I see many sets being used by others touted as Mastergrade which would not meet my A grade standard, but that's the modern world we live in. I got the bulk of my wood many years ago with the intention of spoiling myself and my customers; it seems to be working as planned.
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Old 04-20-2019, 11:14 AM
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One of the great advantages, to me, of celluloid binding is that it can all go on at once without compromising craftsmanship. I am still not getting the near perfect plastic to plastic connection that Slobod does, though he insists he is telling me everything. Perhaps because 19 out of 20 on my guitars are done with wood binding. Practice/practice/practice.

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Old 04-20-2019, 11:18 AM
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That's some mighty fine looking A-grade, Bruce...
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Old 04-20-2019, 03:29 PM
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That's some mighty fine looking A-grade, Bruce...
To be fair, this stuff is probably a strong AA by conventional standards. My AA and AAA are AAA conventionally, and my MasterGrade is MasterGrade, by traditional standards: beyond criticism in any era. It is also perhaos worth mentioning that I do not actually have any MasterGrade BRW, by my standards, but I am not therefore calling my AAA mastergrade.
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Old 04-20-2019, 08:15 PM
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Tomorrow is Easter, and Linda and I will go up to Sacramento to visit my Daughter in her first rental house. She moved in a week ago and I have only seen pictures. We will bring a BBQ as a house warming gift and cook some ridiculously expensive lamb chops.

Happy Easter!

So here's as far as the hOMage will get until Monday:



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Truly a beautiful guitar, and the woods are beautiful!
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Nice quote, and very sweet guitars!

"The FT-15-D Kerala is an extraordinary instrument. All the power of a dread, but the note separation of a 000. All the throatiness of a 12-fret, but the clear trebles of an OM. Highly responsive, but with infinite headroom. Remarkably clear bass. More sustain than any guitar I’ve ever played."

And, OK, I will word play...

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Old 04-24-2019, 10:39 AM
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Over the last couple of days I finished shaping the neck on the hOMage, then I sealed the the whole thing, porefilled it, resealed it, and applied the first coat of varnish.







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Old 04-24-2019, 10:45 AM
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Outstanding! Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 04-24-2019, 12:35 PM
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I am quite drawn to that top for some reason...
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Old 04-24-2019, 02:20 PM
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Color in the top is a deal killer when it come to AAA rating, and there was a time when I could not perceive the obvious beauty myself. But that time has passed, and this top rates very high on my aesthetic index. It is gorgeous.

When I was about 10 years old my family took a car trip through the Marin/Sonoma hills, which were in their golden brown stage at that moment. I had been told how beautiful the hills would be and all I could see was a barren lumpy desert. That too is the past, now I live there and love them completely.

Aside from looking extremely beautiful to me, I have good reason to believe this is a great top structurally and tonally. I believe this knowledge informs my aesthetic sense.
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Old 04-24-2019, 02:29 PM
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I really like the character of the Top and B&S woods. Beautiful by my standards. Very nice guitar.
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Old 04-25-2019, 11:23 AM
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In contrast to the FT-15 hOMage, I'm now making a closely related FT-15 of my own design.This one is also my "entry level" BRW, but with a German top from Martin Guhl.

Here's the back as I am about to brace it:

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