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Old 05-25-2010, 12:00 AM
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I have a client who was hoping to come by and check out the construction of his guitar in progress but the timing didn't work out. I thought this would be a good substitute.

He wanted something as easy as possible to fret with shorter stretches so we settled on a 24" scale length and are making it 13 frets to the body to keep the bridge in about the same spot as a 25.4" scale with a 14 fret neck.

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-Auditorium Body
-German Spruce/Wenge
-Florentine cutaway
-Cocobolo bridge, fretboard and headplate
-Snakewood binding
-24" scale length
-K&K Pure Mini pickup

These are "it's 10:00 pm and I want to be done for the day" photos. I'll get some better ones up as we go along.



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Kent,
apart from being impressed how clean your shop is, I really like Wenge when it is quartersawn. It is just amazing how straight the grain is, wonderful. I have a bunch of Wenge furniture at home and it is actually annoying how it looses color when exposed to the sun, but I guess that is not an issue if you keep it in the case.

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Old 05-25-2010, 11:11 AM
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Good looking, Kent!
But what I really like is your purple wall!
How regal.

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Dang Steve, I could't take my eyes of of that purple wall either As usual Kent everything you work with turns out beautiful!!

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Old 05-26-2010, 12:54 AM
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Kent,
apart from being impressed how clean your shop is, I really like Wenge when it is quartersawn. It is just amazing how straight the grain is, wonderful. I have a bunch of Wenge furniture at home and it is actually annoying how it looses color when exposed to the sun, but I guess that is not an issue if you keep it in the case.

Karl
Wenge will lighten a bit over time with UV exposure but not as much as Walnut from what I've seen. And I've never seen that happen on a guitar, only on stuff that gets left in direct sunlight for years.

Greg and Steve, I beg your pardon, that is not purple! That is the designer color "Evening Plum Sunset" and I picked it out special. Out of a free pile.

It does liven up the place.
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Greg and Steve, I beg your pardon, that is not purple! That is the designer color "Evening Plum Sunset" ...

Yes...yes...I can see that now...




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Making progress. I made sure not to include the colorful wall in theses shots.

The top with rosette. You can barely see it in this shot but this top has some incredible silk.



The rosette is snakewood....



And the body with lining and side braces....



Thanks for looking. More next week...
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Oh man, I am liking that snake wood.
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This certainly looks like it's going to be one classy guitar.

How does Wenge sound?
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Nice one Kent, I really like the rosette, might try that look on one soon......

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Kent,

I love what you're doing with your rosettes. Well done, sir!

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Nice Rosette!!!!, but everyone noticed that. I also like your kerfing. I make mine, but I'd never thought of cutting the kerfs on both sides. I bet it's easy to install, and stiff once installed.
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:34 PM
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Thanks all.

Mcozma, I love the sound of wenge. It has a glass like tap tone unmatched by any wood I've used with the exception of Brazilian and Honduras rosewood. I've got some clips of an Engelmann/Wenge Classic model I could email you if you like.

Woody, good eye! I like it because it goes around compound curves with no problem. And yes, the cap really stiffens things up. I used to use solid lining but that was a real pain to brnd around compound curves. This is much lighter weight and about as stiff as the solid ones I used to use. It's kind of an adventure to make though. Because it's so flexible in both directions, it's even harder to rip into strips than conventional lining.
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Old 06-12-2010, 09:09 AM
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Hi Kent,

There are many rosettes I have seen, this one is very pleasing to me. Would like to have this design on my guitar...

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I have a Engleman/Wenge OM that I absolutely love.
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