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Old 03-06-2010, 09:52 AM
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Default A guitar I built for my Father in Law

Here are final pictures of a L-00 I built for my Father in Law this past summer. It was a present for his 60th birthday. I had each of the kids (his kids) and grandkids come into the shop and "help" with different aspects of the construction. Some of the grandkids helped glue on the liners, some helped shape some of the braces. One of my BIL's made the bridge while the other installed the tuners and help with the nut and saddle and initial set up. It was a lot of fun having each person in the shop to help build this special guitar. You can see more pictures of the "build" and birthday surprise (it was a total surprise) here on my wife's website

Here are the specs:
Cuban Mahogany b&s and rosette
Adi Spruce top
One piece Honduran Mahogany neck w/ CF reinforcing bars (double action truss rod too)
Tassmania Blackwood fretboard, bridge, headstock veneer, heel cap, bindings, tail wedge and truss rod cover.
Finish is EMTech 6000 waterbased lacquer sprayed by me and hand buffed.

This is guitar #8 for me.

All the pictures were taken by my wife a couple days ago. She's a budding photographer and I think she did an incredible job.

On to the pics, enjoy.



















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Old 03-06-2010, 09:58 AM
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Please change your sig line. You are not an aspiring luthier. You, sir, are a luthier.
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:47 AM
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Please change your sig line. You are not an aspiring luthier. You, sir, are a luthier.
What he said. That is beautiful.

I look at that guitar and look at my first guitar being built and I can't believe how yours looks compared to mine. It looks like you have made dozens of guitars not just a handful.
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:48 AM
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Beautiful guitar, and an awesome story to go along with it, I'm sure he is truly grateful.
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:49 AM
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Very, very cool project. And an absolutely beautiful instrument!
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Old 03-06-2010, 11:27 AM
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Please change your sig line. You are not an aspiring luthier. You, sir, are a luthier.

Ditto to what Coke_Zero said! You ARE a luthier, and I'd love to hear that guitar. It's not only beautiful, but it's such a wonderful gift to give. You must really love and honor your Father-in-Law.
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Old 03-06-2010, 02:46 PM
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Ditto to what Coke_Zero said! You ARE a luthier, and I'd love to hear that guitar. It's not only beautiful, but it's such a wonderful gift to give. You must really love and honor your Father-in-Law.
Thanks folks. Well, I still think I have a ways to go before I would call myself a luthier......but I'm getting closer.

I have a friend who is working on some sound clips of some of my guitars. I'll post a link here when I get them in the next couple of weeks...

Greg, you nailed it. My Father-in-Law is more than my wife's dad. He's a very good friend, a mentor and someone I really look up to. When I have questions in life, he's often one of the first people I ask for advise. To boot, he's a master wood worker and really appreciates hand crafted items such as this.....I'm just glad he approved
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:55 PM
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Rod,

Thanks for sharing the photos and your story. I would have loved to have received a handmade guitar like that for my 60th birthday. That is a gift that will have lasting value and meaning. Very nicely done!

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Old 03-07-2010, 02:18 AM
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What a brilliant looking guitar! I get very emotional reading the story, seeing the kids and all other relatives in the workshop, man what a fantastic birthday for your father in law!
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Old 03-07-2010, 05:05 AM
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Nicely done...
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What an amazing gift! So awesome you got everyone involved! Thats a very special guitar indeed.
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Very nice, Rod. I like the color palette you used. Everything worked so well together. I bet he was stoked.
(Hey, I'll turn 60 in a few years.... )

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Put me down for another "that's beautiful."
And a beautiful story behind the build as well.
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Bravo on a beautiful guitar and family!
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