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Tony_in_NYC

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Hey all, cwood8656 asked for progress pics of my #2...the guitar, not the biological function, so here is a link to my flikr page. Again, Tony is bad at posting pics, so I link to them. Sorry!

And yes, I use my couch as a backdrop alot. The kit came from KMG Ken Cierp and is so much nicer in person. Its a figured north American Walnut.
The other details are:
Engleman top
curly maple bindings on body and fingerboard
Curly spalted maple peg head veneer, end wedge and heel cap
Abalone side dots, rosette and purfling with w/b/w purf as well.
Thanks for looking. Here is the link:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/49539199@N06/sets/72157623781060375/

Apr 21, 10 | 2:02 pm
naccoachbob

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Looking good, Tony.............The guitar, not the biological. Those your other toys in the back?
Like the back of the guitar, the way the two sides join. pretty cool. Great idea on the side markers. Might steal that idea from you.
Bob

Apr 21, 10 | 2:22 pm
David Bolin

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Cool deer track!

David

Apr 21, 10 | 4:47 pm
Adaboy

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Very nice Tony! I like the deer track too. I considered doing something like that but didn' think I could pull it off.

Apr 21, 10 | 5:22 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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Thanks Bob and Dave!
Bob, I took the side marker idea from cwood8656. Check out his version here:

http://www.kitguitarsforum.com/forum/threads.php?id=5527_0_9_0_C

I think he did it better but I still like how mine came out. Chris used black pearl and I used abalone.

Apr 21, 10 | 5:24 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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Adaboy, thanks! It was pretty easy to do. Especially since it didnt have to be symmetrical. My brother is a hunter so it works well. Andy DePaule is making me a pearl deer head to inlay on the headstock too. I might name this guitar "Deer Hunter" The other option is Lou is Chubby and Funny Looking. I think my brother (Lou) would prefer Deer hunter.

Apr 21, 10 | 5:28 pm
longbow

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Sir Tony, that end wedge on the bottom is really cool. I might try that , I have a old tree full of spalted maple, I need to get the chain saw out and use it. The whole guitar of yours looks very good, I bet it will finish up really nice.

Apr 22, 10 | 5:35 am
Tony_in_NYC

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Thanks longbow. You need to stabilize the wood sand it or it crumbled. I used thin CA. I still had some issues with the edges crumbling. But it looks great with finish.

Apr 22, 10 | 7:38 am
DanB

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Awesome.

Apr 22, 10 | 8:34 pm
longbow

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Tony I'm glad you said that, the sm. pc. I cut off was like that, I almost asked you if a filler was used on yours. Some of mine near the bark is like cork. The deeper in it gets better. But I tell ya, that pc. on yours looks outstanding.

Apr 24, 10 | 2:12 am
Tony_in_NYC

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Thank you longbow. It was lighter in color before the CA but the Lacquer made it just as dark. I had to flood it with thin CA then sand until I reached bare wood and flood again. You have to be careful on the edges especially. I think it was Kevin sjostrand (sorry about the spelling) told me there are companies that will stabilize the wood for you but for such a small piece I just did it myself. I don't think those companies use CA but it worked just fine for my purposes.

Apr 24, 10 | 4:38 am
longbow

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Thanks good to know., I'll try that

Apr 25, 10 | 3:54 am
Ken C

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Looking good, Tony!

Apr 26, 10 | 8:42 am
Tony_in_NYC

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No problem Sir Longbow the Inquisitive. Glad to help.

Thanks Ken C. I try my best.

Apr 26, 10 | 12:37 pm
Kevin Sjostrand

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Hey Tony, is that why they call them "lap guitars". Oh, you aren't in Hawaii are you. Hmmmm...but it is a nice building technique.
Seriously, you are coming along nicely. I love seeing progress pictures, keep them coming.

Kevin

Apr 26, 10 | 12:53 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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Kevin, I think that is only one of the reasons they are called lap guitars.
And I have to ask, are you mocking my "work bench?" Its a custom bench I will have you know. And I guarantee nobody else has one like it.

I have actually joined the neck to the body for some test fitting already. I am pretty much ready for lacquer at this point. I will check if I have any other WIP pics to post. I do have something I have been working on that you all might want to see. Its the logo I came up with for the inside label and the headstock.
Here is a link to it:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/49539199@N06/4555989978/?edited=1

Let me know what you all think.

Apr 26, 10 | 1:19 pm
Kevin Sjostrand

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Tony,
I like it. Very creative. So your last name is....1/2 of Costa? Ha ha.
How do you plan to do it for an inlay?

Kevin

Apr 26, 10 | 2:04 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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KS, Yes...when my family arrived at Ellis Island their paperwork had at some point been torn in half right across our surname leaving only the top half of the letters. The immigration officials at Ellis Island, known throughout the world for their wacky and zany sense of humor, thought it would be a real hoot to change our name to how it appeared on the torn paperwork. Just as they had changed the names of millions of other immigrants whose names they could not pronounce, they changed my family's name to the unpronounceable jumble of half letters I am burdened with today.
In a strange twist of fate, I became interested in building guitars and my name, once a source of pain and embarrassment, has now comfortably found its home as the logo for my guitar "company." The sad thing is, I really wanted to build electric guitars, but since there is no sound hole in an electric, my name didnt work as a logo. I was then forced to build acoustic guitars. So, as my great, great grandfather always said, "Those #$%&* immigration officials really gave us the shaft there!! Bunch of a$$ho!#s!!!" Which I like to think means, "When life gives you a totally screwed up last name, make lemonade." Or something like that.

Oh...I am not inlaying it. I am getting a gold foil decal to put on under some lacquer. Hopefully it looks good. I dont see why it wont. My screwey last name cant look any worse!!

Happy you asked? LOL

Apr 26, 10 | 2:24 pm



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