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Old 07-15-2017, 08:17 AM
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Please stop setting the bar so high! You're causing my GAS, which had been in remission, to return with a vengeance! Seriously Chris, that is really impressive. It has a very warm and inviting look to it already. Nice.
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What a beauty! I can't wait to see it under finish. I love how you've done the sound port so it doesn't distract from the beauty of the wood - that stuff is mesmerizing!
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Please stop setting the bar so high! You're causing my GAS, which had been in remission, to return with a vengeance! Seriously Chris, that is really impressive. It has a very warm and inviting look to it already. Nice.
Are you asking me to dumb down my work? Ha! I don't think I'll be doing that anytime soon.
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Everything has been sanded (and sanded some more) and the pieces have been fit together. This canvas is about ready for Mr. Lavin.











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That is beautiful, as usual Chris! I think the multi-ply neck looks great with the dark back plate and heel cap. The rosette, top and fretboard mesh together so well. Oh, I almost forgot to mention....amazing B&S!!! I assume the bridge will match the fretboard? Are you going pinless? I like it.
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Yeah, I'm a dork...just went back and read the opening post...ebony bridge! I didn't notice the binding when I first looked at the pics. That is the perfect match! Great theme.
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That is beautiful, as usual Chris! I think the multi-ply neck looks great with the dark back plate and heel cap. The rosette, top and fretboard mesh together so well. Oh, I almost forgot to mention....amazing B&S!!! I assume the bridge will match the fretboard? Are you going pinless? I like it.
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Yeah, I'm a dork...just went back and read the opening post...ebony bridge! I didn't notice the binding when I first looked at the pics. That is the perfect match! Great theme.
Mark,
As you figured out, the bridge will indeed be black ebony. It will also be a pinned bridge.

I was tempted to do a black and white ebony heel cap. I made one in B&W Ebony and one in Gaboon Ebony. I kept checking the look with each in place with the neck attached to the body. After looking at both for some time, I liked the classy look of the Gaboon heel cap.
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While working on the maple neck, I observed just how easily it gets dirty. So before sending it off to be inlayed, I decided to seal it. It would have to be done anyway, so why not knock it out now? And while I was at it, the body needed to be sealed/filled too.

Let the transformation begin!

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So cool Chris! That is a great pattern on that Ebony (neck looks great too!) and under finish it's really popping.
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It is really great to see Maple being used for the neck. I noticed a couple other build threads using Maple. I love Walnut necks too. Great job Chris!
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Am I the only one who sees the resemblance?


What a really cool guitar all-around!
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That Ebony has the most unique figure I've seen. Striking to say the least.

Beautiful neck as well. Going to be beautiful guitar!
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It looks like a big delicious cake and I want a piece of it!
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What a look....!!!
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:15 AM
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Chris, it just keeps getting better! That back is taking on a pronounced 3-dimensional effect...wow. Did you know that was gonna happen? I love it.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:34 AM
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The neck is still out getting some "embellishments". While that's going on, the body has processed through the finish room. Here's a look at the body with the final topcoats applied. It sits here to cure:





After the short cure time, the body is flat sanded and buffed. This is a single pass on half the back so you can see the immediate difference the buffer makes:



Now we wait...
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