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Number Three - OM Maple
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jack226

Total Topics: 6
Total Posts: 60
Here is number three, a Maple OM kit from John Hall.

Details:

Maple back and sides - all natural
Sitka Spruce top - natural finish and my first attempt at brace scalloping
Rosewood binding
Mahogany M&T neck with Abalone inlay - finished with a Martin formula tint of Mahogany red and Tobacco Brown

The biggest change I made in my procedure was moving away from the N/C rattle cans to Target water based finishes. I am amazed at the difference in the quality of the finish and the ease of use. Two barrier coats, eight sealer coats and four finish coats, cured for about two weeks and wet sanded to 12000 grit using micro mesh - no buffing. This if the first build that I did NOT have any blushing or finish problems!

I did learn a valuable lesson on neck setting and top radius with this guitar - I have actually changed my process in that I now check the neck fit and top radius prior to gluing up the top (my neck fit on this one is slightly off). It has made a big difference on my number four build (four, five and six are all in process with some brazilian rosewood acquired for seven).

Typical problems with pore finishing on the rosewood headstock and bindings, thank gosh that the Maple did not require any pore finish (for self satisfactions sake, I would recommend that every amateur try building a Maple early on in your learning process).

Also I paid a lot more attention to nut shaping, saddle and set-up on this OM. All in all, it ended up looking very good does not play that much different from my Martin 00028EC. Over the last several days of playing it has really started to open up and sounding fantastic.

This board is a valued resource to the amateur Luthier community and I want to thank Bill and everyone else who participates and shares - I hope to meet some of y'all at John's this Saturday!

Jack




Close up showing the bear claw features (thanks John - great quality wood)



The maple is beautiful - again, thanks to John Hall



I have graduated to some real inlay work



Apr 30, 08 | 3:23 pm
Freeman

Total Topics: 27
Total Posts: 668
Very nice, Jack. You (and John) should be very proud.

Apr 30, 08 | 3:39 pm
Ted

Total Topics: 22
Total Posts: 158
Great work Jack. I hope my my OM turns out half as nice as this one. Looking forward to seeing four, five, six and seven. Is that a Mahogany fretboard? I like th look.

May 01, 08 | 4:50 am
jack226

Total Topics: 6
Total Posts: 60
Thanks! The fretboard is rosewood, I started out doing a maple bound fretboard, couldn't get it to look quite right and ended up scrapping it entirely for a more basic approach. Ted, this guitar is going to end up in your end of the world, I promised it to a friend of mine in Melbourne. I am hoping to deliver it to him in the July, August time frame.

May 01, 08 | 5:49 am
Ken Hundley

Total Topics: 40
Total Posts: 2169
Nice Job! How does it sound?

May 01, 08 | 8:36 am
leftykitman

Total Topics: 22
Total Posts: 137
Sweet guitar Jack,
I'll be at John's and I hope you do bring that guitar.I'm bringing my Maple Jumbo so maybe we can Maple out a song together.
paul

May 01, 08 | 1:17 pm
jack226

Total Topics: 6
Total Posts: 60
Ken, when I first strung it up I was a little disappointed, thinking it sounded a bit "tinny". However now a week down the road I am happy to say that it has really started to open up and develop a much fuller body. I am very, very happy! There is a picture of me playing it on leftykitman's post of pictures from John Hall's gathering and I am a bit disappointed that we were not able to put together a group jam with all of the fantastic instruments that showed up to the event. Hopefully next time we can allocate some time to playing :)

Jack

May 04, 08 | 4:17 pm
jack226

Total Topics: 6
Total Posts: 60
Just as a quick update, this guitar was delivered to a friend of mine in Melbourne, Australia last week. It was extremely hard to part with, and my feeling was that I was placing it more as an adoption process than the sale of a guitar. Of the three guitars that I have built, this guitar just felt "right". I am not sure if that makes sense or is understandable, but I will miss it. Unfortunately, this week I had to break out the Martin 000-28EC to play again (it has been retired since I finished the OM). What a burden :)

Jack

Jul 06, 08 | 6:55 pm
Ken Hundley

Total Topics: 40
Total Posts: 2169
Beautiful work, Jack. Very nice guitar.

Jul 06, 08 | 11:57 pm



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