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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:11 am 
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Hi, Thought I would share a few pics of my second scratch build, and also to share a thanks to those on the forum who have been so very generous with their time and expertise. This has turned out fantastically, now I understand what it means for a guitar to be responsive, it just feels so effortless to play and produce rich resonant sounds. Honestly I'm not sure how to account for the dramatic improvement over the last one, but a few of the refinements/changes were a more methodical approach and greater precision at every step, lighter bracing, a french polish finish, a much better neck profile, tighter tolerances on the set-up, and evo gold med/tall fretwire. The rosette, fretboard, peghead, and bridge are bocote. Thanks.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:47 am 
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Looking good!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:35 am 
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Just beautiful! Love the rosette and the smooth cutaway and heel area. Lovely work!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:00 am 
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Very nice.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:55 pm 
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Very attractive. Is the top Douglas Fir?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:52 pm 
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Thanks!! Yes the top is douglas fir, it shows a bit of the pinkish hue of fir, but more or less looks pretty close to spruce. I forgot to mention I included a small sound port, I my initial impression is that it does improve the sound, the influence is more noticeable on some notes, but overall I like it!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:21 am 
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Lovely work! I have a Tasmanian Blackwood set I got in trade and am holding on to for something special, and I live in the land of Douglas-fir, so I am very interested to know more. What thickness is the top? D-fir is notoriously splintery; did you find it hard to work? And I'd love to see some more photos . . . Bruce W.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:14 am 
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Great looking guitar, your 2nd build ?, maybe I should switch over to birdhouses or something simple. My 6th or 7th or whatever build doesn't look that good.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:43 pm 
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Dang I did not keep a note on final thickness, but I would have been aiming for 1/8". I didn't have any troubles with splintering, The top pieces came in pretty good shape, so I only sanded the top surface, but hand planed and then sanded the inside surface, and it flush routed fine to the closed box. Here's a few more pics for you. The woods were from Timeless Instruments in Saskatchewan.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:17 am 
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Great looking guitar - especially for #2

I am starting #10, and the most "responsive" one I have built was my #2 - and like you, I don't know why

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