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My number 2, KMG 00-14 Redwood/EIR
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deadedith

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Okay my camera has like 1 pixel :-). I just could not get a good pic of the top with the real nice "silk" showing off.
A good experience, for #2 I'm happy; of course I have a LONG way to go before I produce anything like what most of you guys/gals are putting out.
Sounds loud and clear and musical. Will post mp3's in a week or so.
Thanks to Ken Cierp for a great product and great mentoring. And thanks to the Forumites for help and support.
(Yes, I know the end cap on the neck is missing - I'm re-gluing it - I made it out of cocobolo and did not wipe it with acetone well enough.)

Low gloss finish - pore filled (sawdust and clear coat) then tru-oil and finally Minwax wipe-on poly. Still curing...will polish in a week or so.







May 09, 10 | 12:51 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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Nice Dave! Is that end wedge made of scraps glued together? Does the redwood top require 3 tonebars for strength? Your work is on par with most of us, dont kid yourself. Really nice job. Very clean and I love the abalone rosette.

May 09, 10 | 1:10 pm
deadedith

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Yeah, scraps glued together. Just a lark.
Extra tone bar - just a lark,(well not really, I actually read a lot and tapped like crazy and it sounded good to me) but the guitar sounds great, so...
Also I did not have a pic showing the support blocks I installed rather than the popsicle brace. And the soundhole supports are actually more like little braces than flat strips.

May 09, 10 | 1:21 pm
naccoachbob

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Total Posts: 257
Dave, looks really good. I can see the silking enough to know that it's gotta be drop dead gorgeous (no pun).
Loving that end wedge too, good job.

May 09, 10 | 1:28 pm
deadedith

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Thanks. I should mention that the top pic was taken before pore filling or final sanding; just wanted to show the potential of the EIR.
Dave

May 09, 10 | 3:05 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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The EIR looks great. I like your end wedge. Unique and original. I noticed your sound hole braces were like little finger braces. If it sounds good, then it is good, right? I was not criticizing anything, just wanted clarification on what I was seeing. Now that its all clear, I shall criticize. LOL Just kidding. It looks great. I need to hear redwood, mahogany, and koa topped guitars in person. I never have and I am interested in how they sound. Great job again. I really like it.

May 09, 10 | 3:41 pm
deadedith

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Here are a couple more pix, trying to capture some of the figure in the top. I gotta stress that when I first saw the top, THERE WAS NO FIGURE! Just a great looking redwood top with a zillion grains per inch.
But when I started sanding, and started seeing stuff, I went yelling to Ken Cierp (email yelling :-)) ; he kindly told me that a good quarter-saw of the wood will yield some fancy figure, and to just work with it. I'm glad he did.
Dave B





May 09, 10 | 4:30 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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Both of the Engelman tops I got from Ken have excellent silking in them. I couldnt see much of anything and given that I had not asked for any special wood for the SB I didnt expect to see such nice silking when I put the finish on them. After my first coat of lacquer on my #1 was dry, I started to think it was cracking underneath because the cross grain lines were so pronounced. Then I figured out that Ken just sells good stuff. Thats a beautiful top the Dave. Really nice.

May 09, 10 | 4:36 pm
Kevin Sjostrand

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Dave, that is a fabulous build. Congratulations. Like Tony said, don't kid yourself, you are doing great work. It turned out beautiful.
Anxious to hear the sound files.

Kevin

May 09, 10 | 8:42 pm
deadedith

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Thanks Kevin.
Dave

May 09, 10 | 9:39 pm
dviss

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Looks Great Dave!

Darren

May 10, 10 | 5:13 am
Herman

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Total Posts: 480
Dave,
Just great. Wondeful looking top.

Herman

May 10, 10 | 8:58 am
deadedith

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Total Posts: 165
Thanks again. Tomorrow I start a zebrawood/adirondack 00 from Ken Cierp. Oh boy! I may pay to have it finished professionally; then again, being out of work, maybe not so much.
Anybody know a good spray guy in southern Oregon?
Dave B

May 10, 10 | 4:15 pm
Ken C

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Good show, Dave!! I see you got the finish on your top nice and even. I recall you had some fun with that redwood the first go round. Hopefully the top turned out the way you had hoped. Good stuff! Glad to see you are putting your talents into another one!

Ken

May 10, 10 | 6:29 pm
deadedith

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Total Posts: 165
Thanks Ken - yeah, the sanding sealer I first used was just not right for the job. I switched to the Zinnsser clear seal coat and that did the trick.
The top did turn out very nicely.
Dave B

May 10, 10 | 6:35 pm
Ken Hundley

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Great job, love the top. I am working with some spruce that has very similar coloration, will be a little while before it gets on a guitar, but maybe this fall....I have 5 I need to finihs up first. Great job!

May 11, 10 | 2:41 pm
Tony_in_NYC

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Total Posts: 448
Dave,
I hear that redwood is brittle and cracks easily, did you have any problems with it?

Jul 02, 10 | 6:13 pm
Adaboy

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Total Posts: 509
Dave, your build is lookin great. The wood is beautiful.

Jul 05, 10 | 8:05 am



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