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Tony_in_NYC

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Well...its been a while since I posted very bad pictures of my #1 when it was "in the white" as they say, but here is a link to a bunch of pictures of it with lacquer on it.
I used Deft semi-gloss, following Ken Cierp's schedule:12 coats followed by the standard 1000 grit, 1500, 2000 grit wet/dry paper. Then Wizard's Finish Cut One Step followed by Wizard's Shine Master. My only complaint is that its actually too shiny! I wanted a semi gloss and the Wizards's gave me more gloss than I bargained for. However, it does show off the really nice Ribbon Sapele that Ken sent me. I would post photos here, but I always mess up and cause Bill too much grief by posting pics that are 20 inches wide!! As such, I am posting a link to my Flikr photos. Please enjoy.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/49539199@N06/4541191191/in/set-72157623781129597/

FYI:
I know I left some wax in a couple of tiny gaps I need to fill, but I have a baby on the way and another guitar to lacquer before he gets here at the end of June. The other guitar is for my brother's birthday and is a surprise so it has to get done! I will fix the flaws with this one eventually, but I am enjoying playing it too much for now!
I made the side port bigger than when I first posted it, and it now sounds fantastic!! It really is worth the effort. Thanks for looking and sorry about the poor picture quality. My wife is the photographer and she's not home yet!

Apr 21, 10 | 1:41 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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By the way, there is a video of me playing this on Youtube. Here is a link to that for anyone who missed it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPsQIaoyhOQ
It sounds just as good with lacquer.

Apr 21, 10 | 2:04 pm
naccoachbob

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That Sapele really ripples thru the shine. Pretty headplate, what kind of burl?
Bob

Apr 21, 10 | 2:26 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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Bob, thanks for the compliment and thanks for asking about the head plate veneer. Its actually curly spalted maple I got from a company in Canada. Took weeks to arrive and it was too thick so I found a guy to resaw it for me and I got enough out of it for 3 or 4 head plates. So it looks like thats going to be my signature piece on the next few builds! LOL
Here are the particulars:
Kit purchased from Ken Cierpilowski of KMG
Ribbon Sapele back and sides
Engleman top
Curly spalted maple head plate veneer
Curly maple bindings on body and neck
Herringbone purfling and rosette
zipper back stripe
Engleman braces
Andy DePaule supplied the 3D stars on the fingerboard and Keif (spelled correctly) from Custom Pearl Inlay, Dave Nichols company, did the inly for an incredibly low price and very fast turnaround.

Many thanks to everyone here for the inspiration to do this and the help, either directly or through old posts.
Special thanks to Ken Cierp for the amazing support through the whole build and for making this so much easier than I had imagined....especially after reading all of the posts about neck set angle problems others have had! For what its worth, all I did was follow Ken's online instruction manual and my neck angle turned out perfectly. In fact, I forgot to check it before gluing on the top AND after gluing it on as well. When I finally fit the neck, it was dead on perfect (and I managed to NOT screw it up after that! LOL)



Apr 21, 10 | 5:21 pm
cwood8656

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Hey, it looks great, Tony. I love the sapelle, in fact I have a set waiting in the wings that looks very much like yours. Hope mine turns out as nice.

Chris.

Apr 21, 10 | 7:16 pm
PJ

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Nice work Tony - great guitar, looks beautiful. Sounds pretty good too! Well done and congrats, its well worth showing off. Really cool inlays - your design?

Apr 22, 10 | 2:26 am
Tony_in_NYC

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PJ,
The inlays are right off of Andy DePaule's site. 3D Stars. You can check his stuff out at: http://luthiersupply.com/
Good prices and a nice guy to work with. He is making me a custom inlay for #2 for a great price.

Apr 22, 10 | 3:32 am
PJ

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Thanks Tony - looking forward to seeing your number two.

Apr 22, 10 | 6:14 am
Tony_in_NYC

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PJ...I had so many good jokes about pictures of my number two that I got all frazzled. Thanks for the good laugh!

Apr 22, 10 | 1:47 pm
deadedith

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Very nice Tony. I have fretboard binding envy - just did not have the sack to try it on my first. Or my second.
Dave B

Apr 22, 10 | 4:33 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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Thanks Dave! Get the Klein nibbler and make the mods specified in the tools section. I didnt have it for #1, but for #2 I did and it made a world of difference! I love the look of the bound FB so the work was worth it when I thought I was only building one. When I decided to build a second guitar, I had to get the nibbler. $20 bucks saved me hours of work.

Apr 22, 10 | 5:37 pm
deadedith

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Tony - where did you find a step-by-step for the fretboard binding?
Dave B

Apr 22, 10 | 6:55 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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I didn't! Ken Cierp helped me and I found info here. Let me know and I will post more details or email you.

Apr 22, 10 | 7:30 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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I updated my build blog. Some pics and humor can be found there.

Apr 23, 10 | 7:37 pm
Herman

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Tony
You made yourself a great looking guitar. Striking stars. Funny video.
We share a lot obviously. Guitars, loving a laugh, fat cat and noisy friends.

go on.
Herman

Apr 24, 10 | 7:09 am
deadedith

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Tony - I went to your updated build blog, and found the pix; looked all over though and could not find any humor. :-)

I have a small female cat that loves hanging around the shop as I build, but totally hates the smell of tru-oil. I think she wants me to change to another type of finish.

Tough. These cats push me around too much already.;..

Dave B

Apr 24, 10 | 7:20 am
Tony_in_NYC

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Herman,
Thanks for the compliments. I won't tell my cat what you said. He is very sensitive about his weight.

Dave...the humor on my blog is that it is totally humorless. See the irony there? It's subtle. ;-)
Don't switch to Deft water based Lacquer. It stinks to high heaven!! But it was easy pie to work with. Plus that Wizard's stuff was amazing. I polished by hand and got an amazing shine. Didn't even bother dusting off my da polisher once I did a test patch by hand. I highly recommend it for bringing out the shine.

Apr 24, 10 | 9:59 am
barryb

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very nice, I like the cat too

Apr 24, 10 | 4:15 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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barryb...you want him? He eats a lot!!
He's a Maine Coon, weighs over 22 lbs and is friendly as heck. LOL

Apr 24, 10 | 5:19 pm
barryb

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my wife really WANTS a maine coon, I would like one but we already have 2 cats a bird and a dog.
I have heard that maine coons will come when called

Apr 24, 10 | 9:31 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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Barry,

Not to get off topic, but it is my "show it off thread", so I guess I can do what I want.
I have two Maine Coons. The one in the picture you saw was a stray. Full blooded Maine Coon, but his tail is too short to be a show cat, so someone tossed him out a car window. We took him in. He is totally like a dog. Responds to his name, comes when called, moves when asked to move, if he is in a room he shouldnt be in, I say, "Trouble, out" and he calmly stands up and walks out. When I come home from work he is waiting for me at the door. Best cat ever.
My other cat is also a Maine Coon. Pure bred from a breeder. Wont listen to sh!t, but always wants to be next to you. Which is a Maine Coon trait. They "help" all the time. LOL
Both are awesome cats, but Trouble the fat one if the best!
You really cant have him. I was joking. :o)

Apr 25, 10 | 7:14 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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Here is a link to the logo I came up with for the guitar. Let me know what you all think:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/49539199@N06/4555989978/?edited=1
Again, its a link because I suck at posting pics.

Apr 26, 10 | 1:24 pm
Ken Hundley

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Nice Job! I love the spalted maple as well, very interesting. I also like the logo quite a bit. Very cool!

Apr 26, 10 | 2:06 pm
naccoachbob

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I like the logo too, Tony.
I've been searching for one for myself, but Moore doesn't lend itself to my limited imagination.
Bob

Apr 26, 10 | 2:17 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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Thanks Ken Hundley and Bob.
I was wracking my brain to come up with some sort of logo when I had an epiphany. It just hit me while I was driving. How lucky for me my name works!
If my last name was Yankovic for example, it would not have worked so well. Plus I have a good friend who is a graphic designer who helped me. A lot.

Apr 26, 10 | 4:10 pm
Herman

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Really great and original. You found yourself a logo you can stick to.

Apr 27, 10 | 12:57 am
Tony_in_NYC

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Thanks Herman. Now all I have to do is keep building guitars to put it on! That should be too hard!

Apr 27, 10 | 3:43 am



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