Well I finally got this one completed on Monday, July 5 and tonight my wife shot some pictures for me. As you all know it is difficult to photograph these shiny guitars, so we did our best.
I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. I learned a lot....again....along the way. There are a few things I will do differently on the next one, and hopefully my building will improve. Every build is a new learning experience.
I hope you enjoy seeing it. It took me just about 6 months to complete it.
So here are the specs.
Cocobolo back & sides from LMI. I got to pick the set out at the Healdsburg Guitar festival last August. They set up a store there, and boy was that fun.
The top is Bearclaw Sitka that I got from a vendor on Ebay. I don't remember who it was, but the top turned out to be a real winner. Lots of figure as you can see, and it really pops under the finish.
Binding is Koa, with BWB purflings top, back and sides.
The rosette is 1/4 wide Paua Abalone from Andy DePaule, and it is beautiful, bordered with BWB .060 purfling on both sides.
The neck is one piece Sapele, hand cut and carved, bolt on.
Double action LMI truss rod.
Rosewood fretboard with gold frets and abalone markers
Bone nut, saddle, and bridge pins.
Headstock is Cocobolo with maple underneath, Gotoh gold tuners
Bracing is standard X bracing, with minimal scalloping.
Bridge is Cocobolo, glued on with Loctite Sumo glue.
Pickguard is handmade Cocobolo / from a leftover back piece.
The finish is Deft Gloss Nitro Lacquer from spray cans. 16 coats, but they were not real heavy coats, I used about 4 1/2 cans. Under the lacquer is 2 coats of sealer over an epoxy pore fill.
The strings are Elixir Nanoweb Lights.
I installed a LR Baggs I-Beam Active pickup , that really works and sounds good.
This is a heavy guitar. Cocobolo is a heavy dense rosewood. I also left the top alittle thick, the braces a little stout, and the neck heel beefy, all in hopes of this guitar withstanding the high humidity change it is going to experience in India.
My #1 Dred made of Palo Escrito feels light at 4.8 pounds. This Coco dred is 6.2 pounds, and feels heavy, however, it has alot of projection, very even bass, mids and highs....not at all boomy, but still loud. I think it has a sweet sound.
If I get brave, I might try and record a little bit of something. I don't play much, and all I can do is sit in front of the computer and try it. Then I have to figure out how to post the sound file!
So there you go, now for the pics.
oh, and I can't wait to start the next one!!!