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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:34 am 
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I found this set of Honduran Rosewood, which I picked up for an incredible price. I've decided to make a "flagship" guitar out of this wood. I'm inclined to make a 14 fret, 00 short scale, but that's up in the air right now; it could turn into am OM. But both guitars will reflect design changes that I've found will enhance bass and projection. I'm in the process of choosing a top set for, what what I hope will be a knockout guitar, both musically and aesthetically.

I'm undecided between Italian alpine spruce, Adirondack spruce, or white spruce. I used white spruce on my cherry 00 and it sounds fantastic.

I'm also designing an inlay scheme for the fretboard and headstock that will be elegant without being overwhelming. Of course, since it's rosewood, it must have roses. I think some butterflies might visit the roses...stay tuned.

I'm also thinking figured koa for the binding and perhaps cocobolo for the rosette and end wedge, with maybe a wee bit of abalone around the cocobolo rosette.

I'm also thinking of making the neck with figured maple, for a contrast.

If anyone has any thoughts on the soundboard, or other elements, please chime in. I want a well rounded guitar.

So this is my wood:

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 Post subject: Re: "Flagship" Guitar
PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:10 am 
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Beautiful wood Diane, and the scheme sounds delightful!
It will be a fun one to watch.


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 Post subject: Re: "Flagship" Guitar
PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:42 pm 
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The wood looks great! I like 12 fret 00 a little better than 14 but I know the market looks for 14.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:13 pm 
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I think I've found the top wood. I remember watching a documentary on tv about two men, one a luthier, who was allowed to log fallen red spruce trees in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Appalachian red spruce is very hard to find, and when found, the location is kept secret. They found a bunch of old growth trees here in West Virginia, which is why I've been searching for the tops for a couple of years. Ted Davis, the luthier in the documentary, worked with the WV Department of Fish and Wildlife, to find fallen red spruce logs. He died in 2008.


I finally found some of the wood, which belonged to Ted. Assuming it taps well she I get it, this is the top for the flagship:


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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 5:07 pm 
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I received the HRW today. It's really beautiful with a nice, resonate tap. Here it is with Naptha:

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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 10:06 pm 
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I got the adi top today. It's a very nice one.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:43 am 
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I finally started work on this one. I'm going to make an OM or 000. I'm so impressed by the 000 that I restored, that I'm considering copying the bracing pattern for this guitar.

I joined 4 plates yesterday. I'll join the plates for this one today.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:42 am 
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I've installed the rosette. I used sapele. I started the rosette at the soundhole. I inlaid abalone, without purfling on either side. I installed BWB purfling only on the outside of the rosette.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:46 am 
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wow that guitar is going to look great with the rosewood set you have.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:46 pm 
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Looks really cool. I'm looking forward to watching you build it!


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