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A gift to my friend

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Here's my latest guitar-just strung it up yesterday.It's going to be a gift to my buddie.I was hoping to have it done in time for his Pastoral confirmation but it wasn't quite done.Anyway he's always wanted a classical but couldn't find the funds I guess.
The specs.
Back & sides-Peruvian Walnut
Top-Engelmann spruce
Bridge and headplate-Madagascar rosewood
lacquer finish
Mortise & tendon neck joint
1.900 wide neck-he's got small hands!!
I have a Pimentel classical in Walnut/engelman that sounds really good,better than mahog/engelmann IMHO also I don't care for engelmann/EI rosewood that much so I went with Peruvian Walnut. I can't really play it upside down much but so far from what I can tell the bass is full and the trebles sound strong.Hopefully he likes it!!!

And for you geeks like me,here's the top!!

Jul 01, 07 | 2:59 pm
Bill Cory

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Wow Paul. That's a beautiful guitar and a beautiful gift. Your buddy is going to smile to himself and quietly say, "God bless 'im," (talking about you) every time he looks at it or plays it. (Gee, maybe I should build one for my pastor; I could certainly use the blessings. 'Cept, he doesn't play.)

Seriously, your work appears to be the equal of any I expect to see in Healdsburg next month. I admire what you are doing.


Jul 01, 07 | 3:06 pm

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Mate - You and I should be buddies. I'd like a classical as well.... and a twelve string... and any other guitar you would like to build for me. Truely beautiful.

Jul 02, 07 | 2:54 am

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Well done!! The guitar is a beaut and giving it as a gift is a very special thing too.


Jul 02, 07 | 3:18 pm
Ken Hundley

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Wow, Paul. beautiful! Anyone would be proud to recieve that as a gift, what a gesture!

Jul 03, 07 | 6:35 am

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Thanks for the kind words folks. I did give the guitar over to my friend yesterday and he was really blessed to recieve it. Since I couldn't play it I did get a chance to hear it and I thought it sounded good.
On to the next one!!!

Jul 05, 07 | 11:31 am
Bill Cory

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Paul -- when you say you couldn't play it, do you mean you aren't very good at it, or that you don't play at all? Just curious -- makes me wonder how many people build, or want to build, kit guitars who are not players, but woodworkers who just find guitars intriguing.

Jul 05, 07 | 12:06 pm

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Well Bill the guitar is a RIGHTY and I'm a lefty.I can strum a few chords upside down but this is a classical so strumming some chords are not a good barometer on how a classical guitar really sounds.I have two more steelstring gits that I'm 75% done on so it's off to finishing them.

Jul 05, 07 | 1:24 pm
Bill Cory

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I guess I should have seen that and put it together with your handle ... I didn't mean to imply that you don't or can't play. I'm sure you're more accomplished at it than moi.

Jul 05, 07 | 4:48 pm

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