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Old 07-31-2011, 04:55 PM
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I finished up my acoustic build last week. The body finish is French polish. The neck has an oil/varnish finish. This is my first project with the French polish finish and I really like it. It takes a lot of hand work but the end result is the best finish for an acoustic. The finish is very thin which doesn't dampen the sound. The headstock and fretboard design is cut from mother of pearl and snail shell. The body and sides are monkey pod. The top is sitka spruce. The neck is tiger maple. The fretboard and bridge are ebony. Now I need to practice my playing. My playing sounds like the blues without trying. I've had a few experts play it and happy to report it sounds really nice. The back pic is prior to finish. Monkey pod is similiar to koa but darker. My next one maybe koa. This coming weekend Tropical Hardwoods in Carlsbad is having a parking lot sale so I'm hoping to score some at a better price. Koa doesn't usually go on sale.
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Old 07-31-2011, 05:02 PM
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Tim,

That is really beautiful work and the french polish is a great finish. How long from start to finish did this whole job take? Also, what made you go with steel as opposed to nylon strings?

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Old 07-31-2011, 05:03 PM
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Nice, Tim! I love the wavy dots on the fretboard. And did you chamfer the edge of the bottom? Or perhaps that's an optical illusion. Great job.

Any pictures of the build?
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Nice, Tim! I love the wavy dots on the fretboard. And did you chamfer the edge of the bottom? Or perhaps that's an optical illusion. Great job.

Any pictures of the build?
Peter,

Those wavy dots on the fretboard look like flowers to me I can't tell if that is chamfered or not.

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Beautiful job Tim!
The inlay is very impressive.
I really like the form and love the bridge. It's like a smile.
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:47 AM
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The pics I have are from my point and shoot so not the best. I need to take the strings off and give the finish one last go around before I take it to the photographer I normally use. I wanted to hear how it played so strung it up. Now I'll go back and get the action adjusted the way I want and then a final polish. Poto, I do have some in progress pics I'll post. The wavey dots are orchid buds on a vine. A better closeup pic will show them. Fred, I choose a steel string because I like playing the blues, err rather attempt at playing the blues. Also, the peghead on a steel string leaves me a good "canvas" for my inlay work. My next build will be a classic with nylon strings as I'm now taking lessons in classical guitar. My wife started violin lessons today so the house will sound haunted for the next few years.
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Looks like a job for MicroBowClamps!

I like your tools. What does the router rig do?
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:19 AM
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The pics I have are from my point and shoot so not the best. I need to take the strings off and give the finish one last go around before I take it to the photographer I normally use. I wanted to hear how it played so strung it up. Now I'll go back and get the action adjusted the way I want and then a final polish. Poto, I do have some in progress pics I'll post. The wavey dots are orchid buds on a vine. A better closeup pic will show them. Fred, I choose a steel string because I like playing the blues, err rather attempt at playing the blues. Also, the peghead on a steel string leaves me a good "canvas" for my inlay work. My next build will be a classic with nylon strings as I'm now taking lessons in classical guitar. My wife started violin lessons today so the house will sound haunted for the next few years.
Hope you don't mind Tim but I want to drop in the most beautiful blues instrumental I've ever heard. Who does she hope to be? by Sonny Sharrock.
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:03 AM
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I hadn't heard of this musician. He sounds like a blues/jazz mix. Nice to listen to. Good music when working with hand tools. I listen to different music depending on what I working on in my shop. I once caught myself cutting with my jewelers saw to fast. I was keeping time with whatever I had playing. Good way to break those small blades. I'm waiting for my son in law to get me a cd of him playing with some of my guitars. Not sure how to upload the music as you did.
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:12 AM
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Michael,

I spent quite a few hours making all the jigs for this acoustic. The jig you see in the pic holds the router in a vertical position, allows it to move on a horizontal and vertical plane for routing the purfling and bindings around the outside front and back edge of the guitar body. The guitar is held in a fixed level position and the router follows the contour using a trimmer bit with the bearings matching the wood purflings or binding. I can't take credit for the design. I read about it on the web, found some pics and by trial and error made my own. It would also work well for adding a band around a lid or box top.
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