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Title: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: fitness1 on September 07, 2015, 03:30:25 PM
Mahogany that is.....

I made the mistake of looking on RC Tonewood's site after Bob posted he was having a Labor Day sale.

A few months back I'd picked out a set of Cuban Mahogany and a nice Bearclaw Sitka top at Bill Wise' shop (Charis) to have him build me a dread, then my business move started unexpectedly and I told him I better hold off.   He has since used the woods on another instrument.

So, when I saw these two sets of wood, I knew they had to be made into a guitar - MY guitar!! :nana_guitar

I'll take them out to Bill at the end of the week when they arrive for his approval.   The build should start pretty soon.......looks like that LV-05 will probably go to pay for the deposit :winkin:

Here's the story behind this particular Sinker Mahogany:

 If you like wood with a story, then it doesn't get any better then this material. This is material from the bottom of Belizean rivers. Belize used to be a British colony. The British exported a lot of Mahogany from Belize throughout history and during the 19th century they used the rivers of Belize as there main source of transportation. Occasionally the denser Mahogany logs would sink! These logs for over 100 years had been lost and forgotten, until now! All the logs where salvaged using environmentally sound practices using small boats and pulleys to remove these logs off the bottom of the rivers. The logs where cut in Belize using local labor. Hence this is a very eco-friendly product. The material was kiln dried in Belize but has been re-sticked to give the piles air flow to allow them to air dry even more. Due to the age of these logs, all this material would have been old growth timber. The color is excellent and the grain is tight. Some of the material is even figured. Plus the material has a very interesting natural edge. The texture has been sculpted by the river and is very pleasing to the eye.

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Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: bobw on September 07, 2015, 03:51:26 PM
 :+1:...   Really nice looking mahogany...  hope she will make beautiful music for you....  BobW...  :guitar


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: broKen on September 07, 2015, 03:59:16 PM
That will make a beautiful guitar Todd, with a history/story.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on September 07, 2015, 04:07:38 PM
I'm hoping so - I get to test drive a lot of Bill's finished products (live 15 miles from the shop) and there haven't been any duds yet :roll

I'm going to have it built more shallow than standard (probably 4 3/8 at the tail) to be sure and maintain clarity/string separation.

It will be 1 13/16 nut, 2 5/16 saddle, full scale, probably Madagascar bindings (and Maddie/abalone rosette), and of course a soundport!

Bill's lead time is normally very short as he builds in batches, so I'll hopefully be posting finished pics before you know it! :guitar


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: George on September 07, 2015, 04:20:00 PM
Excellent woods Todd!  I love that top too...  can't wait to see the pics.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: Barefoot Rob on September 07, 2015, 05:05:11 PM
Your and EVIL,EVIL man Todd  :drool:


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on September 07, 2015, 05:16:20 PM
Your and EVIL,EVIL man Todd  :drool:

He-he-he.....yep :beer


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: Strings4Him on September 07, 2015, 06:53:02 PM
Look forward to the updates.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: Mr_LV19E on September 07, 2015, 10:04:24 PM
Beautiful Mahogany, what, they didn't have a matching piece for the top? Nice looking Spruce too.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on September 07, 2015, 10:13:36 PM
Beautiful Mahogany, what, they didn't have a matching piece for the top? Nice looking Spruce too.

Haha - definitely not a mahogany top guy :ohmy:


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: Niteshooter on September 08, 2015, 12:26:50 AM
Amazing looking! Give me a sec to wipe the drool off my tablet! :thumb


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: George on September 08, 2015, 03:25:13 PM
His builds are certainly extraordinary to look at.  Must be great to get to play the new ones without having to buy them!  I looked at one he has available online and am afraid to ask how much...


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: Danny on September 08, 2015, 06:42:21 PM
The wife and I have been to Belize twice. Each time we stayed for about a week, in the homes of folks we knew. The mahogany cabinets and furniture that was hand crafted there was beautiful. We have a mahogany rocker from Belize, as well as a son in law. :laughin:
   That's gonna be one beauty of a guitar.  :nice guitar:


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on September 08, 2015, 09:09:46 PM
The wife and I have been to Belize twice. Each time we stayed for about a week, in the homes of folks we knew. The mahogany cabinets and furniture that was hand crafted there was beautiful. We have a mahogany rocker from Belize, as well as a son in law. :laughin:
   That's gonna be one beauty of a guitar.  :nice guitar:

From what I read it sounds like there was an abundance there at one time - I  bet the furniture is beautiful!


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on September 08, 2015, 10:58:58 PM
  Must be great to get to play the new ones without having to buy them! 

it's a blessing and a curse George!   I've tried to live a simple life and not have a lot of stuff around - but Bill makes it tough!! :thumb


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: George on September 09, 2015, 01:32:09 PM
I wonder if he builds a 1 11/16 inch nut width in a 25.5 inch scale?  Just thinking I don't have a jumbo shaped like that, with a port, made out of the fine woods he uses...  Likely I cannot afford to buy one...


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on September 09, 2015, 05:25:45 PM
I wonder if he builds a 1 11/16 inch nut width in a 25.5 inch scale?  Just thinking I don't have a jumbo shaped like that, with a port, made out of the fine woods he uses...  Likely I cannot afford to buy one...

I know he's built 1 11/16 in the past - standard scale for him his 25.6 I think -


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: Mr_LV19E on September 10, 2015, 10:49:51 PM
Stopped by your new shop while I was in Midland today but you weren't there, maybe I'll get to meet you next time I'm in town. The wife and I were doing some shopping and I had to stop by Mid Michigan Music. They didn't have anything that impressed me, apparently they have a new owner? There acoustic room was lacking.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on September 10, 2015, 11:00:57 PM
Stopped by your new shop while I was in Midland today but you weren't there, maybe I'll get to meet you next time I'm in town. The wife and I were doing some shopping and I had to stop by Mid Michigan Music. They didn't have anything that impressed me, apparently they have a new owner? There acoustic room was lacking.

Oh wow - I wish I had known.    If it was between about 10 and 3 I was on the golf course or working out at another local facility.  There are new owners at the MMM store - Rick owned it for many years (we play golf once in a while) and has sold it.   I've not been in since.   They sell a lot of stuff on Ebay - I know that.

Give me a heads up next time you are in town.....after golf season is over I'm here more! :thumb


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: Mr_LV19E on September 10, 2015, 11:06:34 PM
What is that nice course you drive by on Eastman coming out of town?  Looks pretty challenging.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on September 10, 2015, 11:58:15 PM
What is that nice course you drive by on Eastman coming out of town?  Looks pretty challenging.


The Country Club is on Eastman, but it's right in town (Eastman is all torn up and only two lanes there) - I think you may be talking about Currie East (which is the older course) that is along M-20 heading out of town toward Mt Pleasant.   We play the Currie West every day which is much, much nicer and more challenging than the East.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: Mr_LV19E on September 11, 2015, 02:49:57 PM
The Country Club, looked it up, no wonder it looks so nice, private though.

I also checked out the Currie course, I see it is a Jerry Mathews design like our course up here at Sugar Springs. Don't play as much as I used to but I have a outing coming up in a couple weeks I'm looking forward to.

Next time I come to Midland I will PM you first so maybe we can meet up.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on September 12, 2015, 01:09:41 AM
The Country Club, looked it up, no wonder it looks so nice, private though.

I also checked out the Currie course, I see it is a Jerry Mathews design like our course up here at Sugar Springs. Don't play as much as I used to but I have a outing coming up in a couple weeks I'm looking forward to.

Next time I come to Midland I will PM you first so maybe we can meet up.

Dow just put 35 million into a renovation of the course and a new "clubhouse" - 3 restaurants, health club, pool, hotel rooms for the execs - you get the idea.  The course is more target golf but it is VERY well kept and pretty.  I haven't played there since the renovations.

I took the wood out to Bill today and he was quite pleased, as i expected.   Should be working on it over the next 4 months or so.

Yes - keep me posted on upcoming visits!


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on December 29, 2015, 09:28:29 PM
Found out today that my build will start at the end of the week and will be done about the 3rd week in January!!!  I'm bustin'! :nana_guitar


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fongie on December 31, 2015, 04:09:59 AM
BEAUTIFUL!!!! I can imagine when it is completed. Congrats Fitness1

I was told my Redwood top was a 'Sinkerwood' not sure how true.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on December 31, 2015, 09:21:24 PM
BEAUTIFUL!!!! I can imagine when it is completed. Congrats Fitness1

I was told my Redwood top was a 'Sinkerwood' not sure how true.

Thanks - I'll be going out to the shop Monday or Tuesday to decide on bindings, and whether or not to go "whole hog" and have an a full ab top done. :thumb


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: Danny on December 31, 2015, 09:54:46 PM
Not sure what you mean "a full ab top". Hope you can get some pics of the build in process.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on December 31, 2015, 10:08:51 PM
Not sure what you mean "a full ab top". Hope you can get some pics of the build in process.

abalone top purfling like the Larrivee 10 series guitars.......and yes, there will be some build pics as I only live 15 miles from his shop!  Might wear out my welcome! :winkin:


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: Danny on December 31, 2015, 10:14:29 PM
 :thumb many of us want to see this one take shape.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: Dru Edwards on January 04, 2016, 04:13:33 PM
Hi Todd, Congrats on the new build!!! Only a few weeks away.  That sinker looks amazing! 

I didn't realize that Bill Wise and Charis guitars were one and the same - is that correct?


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on January 04, 2016, 06:01:24 PM
Hi Todd, Congrats on the new build!!! Only a few weeks away.  That sinker looks amazing! 

I didn't realize that Bill Wise and Charis guitars were one and the same - is that correct?

Yes - same guy/guitars......he's quite an artisan.   Just got back from the shop.  I provided the case and tuners and just took them out and finalized the minor details.
We put some naptha on the Mahogany and it was more toward the brown hue, so I went with Cocobolo bindings/rosette.   

Should have some build pics soon.... :thumb


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: Zohn on January 07, 2016, 12:33:57 PM
 :+1: Beautiful top, back & sides. Also an awesome builder - can't wait to see the finished guitar.
Good on you Todd  :smile:


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: old folky on January 07, 2016, 01:13:55 PM
Kinda funny how time goes  so sloooooowwww... :humour:


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on January 07, 2016, 05:32:53 PM
Kinda funny how time goes  so sloooooowwww... :humour:

All downhill from here - should be done by the end of the month..... :thumb

Thanks Zohn - this is the last piece in the puzzle.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: JohnM2001 on January 09, 2016, 02:18:19 AM
Wow Todd, gonna be nice!   Just curious, do you have other dreads?  Was surprised, since most of your other guitars I've seen on here have been non-dreads.  I thought that Bill's most popular models were his GA size.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on January 09, 2016, 10:39:14 AM
Wow Todd, gonna be nice!   Just curious, do you have other dreads?  Was surprised, since most of your other guitars I've seen on here have been non-dreads.  I thought that Bill's most popular models were his GA size.

No, this will be the only one.   I reasoned that I had a great classical, OM/GC, and one of Bill's SJ's.   Only thing that was missing was a big honkin' dread.  Everybody needs a Mahogany dread, right?? :bgrin:


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: JohnM2001 on January 09, 2016, 10:21:41 PM
Agreed 100% :laughin:


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on January 12, 2016, 02:53:00 PM
The body is being closed today and binding work starts tomorrow - I've offiicially opted for the abalone top purfling.....if this turns out as nice as I think it will, I'd probably be disappointed if I didn't go the extra mile :bgrin:

Probably go out and get some pics in the next couple of days....


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: Danny on January 12, 2016, 04:19:54 PM
The body is being closed today and binding work starts tomorrow - I've offiicially opted for the abalone top purfling.

Probably go out and get some pics in the next couple of days....
you know us, we gotta have pics  :gotpics:
       It sure sounds like it will be a fine guitar.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on January 12, 2016, 04:26:08 PM
you know us, we gotta have pics  :gotpics:
       It sure sounds like it will be a fine guitar.

"if there are no pics, it didn't happen" :roll

By the end of the week for sure.  Frankly the way the weather is right now here, I don't really want to drive out there!!


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: Dru Edwards on January 12, 2016, 04:27:23 PM
The body is being closed today and binding work starts tomorrow - I've offiicially opted for the abalone top purfling.....if this turns out as nice as I think it will, I'd probably be disappointed if I didn't go the extra mile :bgrin:

Probably go out and get some pics in the next couple of days....

Looking forward to the pics, Tood.   You've got us all "hook, line, and sinkered"  :smile:


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: Danny on January 12, 2016, 04:46:09 PM
"if there are no pics, it didn't happen" :roll

By the end of the week for sure.  Frankly the way the weather is right now here, I don't really want to drive out there!!
Besides,  you take some really good pictures  :thumb


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....
Post by: fitness1 on January 14, 2016, 03:27:32 PM
Ok - here we go - Bill and Beth just sent along some pics.....I think my heart rate just went up a good bit! :thumbsup

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and a big old wide, blank fretboard!!

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Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....new pics added 1/14!!
Post by: Danny on January 14, 2016, 06:03:20 PM
Thanks, it looks really nice. Did you choose a bolt on neck or is that the builders way?


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....new pics added 1/14!!
Post by: fitness1 on January 14, 2016, 06:17:04 PM
Thanks, it looks really nice. Did you choose a bolt on neck or is that the builders way?

Thats Bill's design on all of his instruments.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....new pics added 1/14!!
Post by: Mikeymac on January 14, 2016, 08:28:33 PM
That's coming together nicely!

How wide at the nut?

Mahogany back and sides? Koa?

Also, I'll go back and enlarge the pics, but it almost looks as though the kerning around the top and bottom is solid rather than "notched" like most standard acoustic kerning...?

Keep us posted!

 :nice guitar:


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....new pics added 1/14!!
Post by: fitness1 on January 14, 2016, 08:42:14 PM
That's coming together nicely!

How wide at the nut?

Mahogany back and sides? Koa?

Also, I'll go back and enlarge the pics, but it almost looks as though the kerning around the top and bottom is solid rather than "notched" like most standard acoustic kerning...?

Keep us posted!

 :nice guitar:


Bill definitely uses solid kerf on all his guitars.....

Here are the specs:

Belizean Sinker Mahogany back and sides
Bearclaw Sitka Spruce top
Cocobolo bindings and rosette
Abalone rosette and top purfling
1 13/16 nut
2 5/16 saddle spacing
4-4.5" depth
Standard scale
Bound soundport
Blank fretboard
Ebony headstock overlay
5 piece laminated neck (Mahogany/maple/rosewood/maple/Mahogany)


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....new pics added 1/14!!
Post by: George on January 15, 2016, 03:15:43 PM
Looks like the build is going great Todd!  Beautiful handiwork.  Very interested in how that submerged mahogany turns out tonally...


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....new pics added 1/14!!
Post by: fitness1 on January 15, 2016, 04:23:03 PM
Looks like the build is going great Todd!  Beautiful handiwork.  Very interested in how that submerged mahogany turns out tonally...

Steve Kinnaird built two F1 models with it a short while ago and was very, very happy with the tonal characteristics - and also noted the wood had "chatoyance" beyond what you see in most modern tonewoods.

I think when the finish hits it, it's going to be pretty striking visually too!


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....new pics added 1/19!!
Post by: fitness1 on January 19, 2016, 05:41:10 PM
A few more pics coming through - believe it or not this will be done by the end of the week!! :nana_guitar

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Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....new pics added 1/19!!
Post by: Danny on January 19, 2016, 05:51:42 PM
Looking good!


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....new pics added 1/19!!
Post by: bobw on January 19, 2016, 06:34:29 PM
 :+1:      :nice guitar:     Both the back and top are stunning....   looking forward to seeing her as a finished unit....   :thumb


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....new pics added 1/19!!
Post by: fitness1 on January 19, 2016, 07:21:00 PM
:+1:      :nice guitar:     Both the back and top are stunning....   looking forward to seeing her as a finished unit....   :thumb

Won't be long now - should be able to strum it on Friday!


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....new pics added 1/19!!
Post by: George on January 19, 2016, 10:42:47 PM
Awesome Bearclaw top too Todd...


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....new pics added 1/19!!
Post by: fitness1 on January 20, 2016, 02:08:55 AM
Awesome Bearclaw top too Todd...

Thanks - can't wait to see it in person.....hope the bridge doesn't cover up much of it!! :winkin:


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker....new pics added 1/19!!
Post by: fitness1 on January 21, 2016, 10:31:08 PM
All done - picking up tomorrow around noon!! :nana_guitar

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Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: bobw on January 21, 2016, 11:42:10 PM
She is stunning to look at....  excited to hear how she sounds and plays.....  knowing she will change with use....  very nice... enjoy....   :guitar


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: Danny on January 22, 2016, 01:00:15 AM
Got a keeper for sure.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: fitness1 on January 22, 2016, 01:05:35 AM
Thanks guys - I'm hoping it's the final piece of the puzzle - certainly have all the body sizes covered.... :thumb


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: Mikeymac on January 22, 2016, 02:00:33 AM
W.O.W.


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Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: fitness1 on January 22, 2016, 08:32:26 PM
Bad lighting today, but here's one quick teaser - not taking too much time from enjoying it for now.   This is one high horsepower machine!! :thumb

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Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: Danny on January 22, 2016, 08:42:39 PM
Beauty eh, it's so simply elegant :nice guitar:


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: fitness1 on January 22, 2016, 09:00:36 PM
It's been strung up for less than 24 hours and it's already quite amazing.  Some minor intonation work (I'm a picky SOB!) and it will be ready to sing for a LONG time!


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: Danny on January 22, 2016, 09:04:28 PM
It's been strung up for less than 24 hours and it's already quite amazing.  Some minor intonation work (I'm a picky SOB!) and it will be ready to sing for a LONG time!
I'm actually working on the intonation of my old ladder to X bracing 000 right now. Made a new bone nut and saddle.
     I'm a bit picky myself :blush:


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: fitness1 on January 23, 2016, 09:57:26 PM
Ok - here's a better bearclaw pic -

Spent some time this morning dialing in the setup and intonation and it's about 99% of the way there.

I also spent some time A/B/C ing my three steel strings (playing up against the wall for optimum sound!) with fresh strings and I've decided I'm a very spoiled boy :bgrin:

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Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: Dru Edwards on January 24, 2016, 03:43:41 PM
Congrats Todd!!!!  Wow, what a beauty.  Great to hear you're enjoying it, especially after a long wait.

I take it you do enjoy sound ports?


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: fitness1 on January 24, 2016, 04:12:04 PM
Congrats Todd!!!!  Wow, what a beauty.  Great to hear you're enjoying it, especially after a long wait.

I take it you do enjoy sound ports?


Well, when I dropped the wood off he told me it would be 4 months, then it only took him 11 days to build it, so it was actually pretty darn quick!! :thumb

I'll never own another guitar without a port.....makes such a huge difference on so many fronts.   As you probably know I've taken to installing them myself in
instruments that don't have them :winkin:   Hopefully this addition will reduce the need for that


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: Mikeymac on January 25, 2016, 04:00:28 PM
How does someone build (AND FINISH) a guitar like that in 11 DAYS!?!?!?!?   :? :doh


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: fitness1 on January 25, 2016, 05:29:57 PM
How does someone build (AND FINISH) a guitar like that in 11 DAYS!?!?!?!?   :? :doh

I think there might be a bit of magic involved.... :winkin:


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: JohnM2001 on January 26, 2016, 08:56:48 PM
Spectacular!!  :drool:


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: Dru Edwards on February 04, 2016, 04:09:04 PM
Hi Todd - it's been a week.  How's it holding up?  :smile:


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: fitness1 on February 04, 2016, 04:19:05 PM
Hi Todd - it's been a week.  How's it holding up?  :smile:


Actually tomorrow it will be two (sweet) weeks.   It's on my lap right now (as it has been most of the time!)  and I just got done with the last tweak of setup and intonation.  Thanks to
Bill's stellar fretwork, I've got the action WAY down there and have to hit it hard to get any damping or buzzing.

I can easily say without hesitation that it's the finest sounding instrument I've laid my hands on - it has the best tonal characteristics of my other two steel strings wrapped into one, and the volume knob turned up a couple notches.

There's always that trepidation when you spend the big bucks on a custom, not sure if it's going to be what you wanted, but I'm SO thankful I did this!!


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: Danny on February 04, 2016, 04:39:19 PM
I'm happy that you got such a fine instrument. I'm also interested in what all you did to tweak the intonation, if you get the time to share it.


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: fitness1 on February 04, 2016, 04:49:42 PM
I'm happy that you got such a fine instrument. I'm also interested in what all you did to tweak the intonation, if you get the time to share it.


At every string change - (4 of them now) I've simply used  a half round needle file to "scallop" the saddle under each string so it's as close as humanly possible.  Tiny increments as I slowly lower the action too, as that can have an effect.   As with lowering action - you can remove material but not put it back on!!

Having a really good ear is both a blessing and a curse....


Title: Re: Hook, line and Sinker...finished pics 1/21!!!
Post by: Danny on February 04, 2016, 04:57:51 PM
Thanks, I'm on my third nut and saddle set on my old 000. That's an interesting way of getting it right.
    I did get the nut and saddle too low once, it is best to go slow.