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The twins are born....

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Well just in time for Christmas, I have completed the 'twins'. I built these as Christmas gifts for my daughters and I used a red trim package for one and green for the other as those are their favorite colors. They are identical 000 14 fret short scale guitars with one exception. I did the red one with scalloped bracing and the green with parabolic bracing. Both sound very good and quite loud but he scalloped braced one has a bit more bass. The parabolic sounds a bit 'tighter' and isn't quite as loud as the scalloped one. I put a sound port in both of these, and I can say it makes an incredible difference in the overall sound and volume of the guitars. I have played them with the holes covered and there is a significant drop in volume. One of the goals with these was to build a quality sounding and looking instrument using second grade woods. I think I succeeded. Here are the spec's:

Top - AA Sitka spruce
Back and sides - 'opportunity grade' EIR
Bindings, heel cap and tail graft - Koa
Perflings Red/Green - Black - Red/Green
Rosettes: Spalt Maple and Curly Bubinga
Fingerboard and Bridge - EIR
Necks - Sapele
Tuners - Gotoh
Finish - Body Target USL, Necks Tru-oil.
Inlays - Paua Abalone

Here are some pictures. I will post a full group on my blog after Christmas.

This is the green parabolic braced guitar.

The back of the green one.

The tail graft of the green one.

The spalt maple rosette.

The bridge on the green guitar. Okay, I know..... green bridge pins??? Well, these are going to teen agers so there has to be some 'bling' and I thought they go well with the perflings.

The red scalloped braced guitar.

The back of the red one.

The curly Bubinga rosette.

The bridge on the red one. Yep, red bridge pins.

The twins together.

Here you can see the sound ports.

I am happy that I was able to get these done before Christmas. I hope the girls will be happy with them and make lots of music.

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Dec 22, 07 | 12:23 pm

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Very nice work all around!

What short scale are we talking? 24.5? or shorter yet?
I'll have to check your blog and see if you have sound clips.
If not, I'd love to hear the difference between the bracing patterns. You've got a great controlled group for reference.


Dec 22, 07 | 4:57 pm

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Yes, it is a 24.5" scale. I don't have any sound clips, but I need to come up with a way to do it. Yeah, this was a great control group, that is why I did it. I didn't think I would have this opportunity very often so I jumped at the chance to give it a try.

Dec 22, 07 | 5:13 pm

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I had to log on again because I thought of the BONUS control you have in recording with the ports covered and open!
Good luck with that.


Dec 22, 07 | 5:49 pm
Bill Cory

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Man, David, you have progressed fast! That's pro-level work. How do they sound?


Dec 23, 07 | 3:53 am

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David, You know I am a huge fan of your builds and so very jealous at the results you are churning out. I personally favour the red twin but WOW, I just hope the girls somewhat appreciate the gift and identify that in 50, 60 + years they will hold a special part of their fathers love. I have a few years before my girls are teenagers - I hope my skills come up to your level.

Dec 23, 07 | 5:20 am

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Great work again David. They will surely be family heirlooms many years in the future. I am sure your daughters are proud to own them. Merry Christmas.

Dec 24, 07 | 6:25 pm

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David, Those are beautiful. I, too, find the red holding my attention. Would love to hear them. Ted said my sentiments exactly "..they will hold a special part of their father's love."

Dec 25, 07 | 5:54 am
Ken Hundley

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David, beautiful work! I can't see any of that as second grade wood, it all looks wonderful! I am building an OM right now with a similar, but narrower end graft, but I love the look! They should love their guitars! Keep up the good work!

Dec 26, 07 | 11:21 am

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Well I am back from our Christmas visit to PA and I am happy to report that the guitars were a big hit. Even though I got some nice guitar building related gifts this Christmas, the best gift I received was the huge smiles and stunned looks on my daughters faces when they saw their new guitars for the first time. Priceless.....

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Dec 26, 07 | 5:27 pm

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Beautiful David! Beautiful!

Dec 29, 07 | 2:52 pm

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David, I have two youngins who are only 2 1/2 and 1 but I cant wait to do the same for them. It will be a few years but maybe if I start on it now, I will be done by the year 2015! Actually, hmmmm Maybe that will be an excuse for me to convince my wife to let me build another one.

Jan 02, 08 | 10:16 am

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