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« Reply #60 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!!

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« Reply #61 on: January 22, 2016, 08:42:39 PM »

Beauty eh, it's so simply elegant nice guitar
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« Reply #62 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!
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« Reply #63 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
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« Reply #64 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 bigrin

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« Reply #65 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?
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« Reply #66 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!!

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    Hopefully this addition will reduce the need for that
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« Reply #67 on: January 25, 2016, 04:00:28 PM »

How does someone build (AND FINISH) a guitar like that in 11 DAYS!?!?!?!?   
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« Reply #68 on: January 25, 2016, 05:29:57 PM »

How does someone build (AND FINISH) a guitar like that in 11 DAYS!?!?!?!?   

I think there might be a bit of magic involved....
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« Reply #69 on: January 26, 2016, 08:56:48 PM »

Spectacular!!  drool
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« Reply #70 on: February 04, 2016, 04:09:04 PM »

Hi Todd - it's been a week.  How's it holding up? 
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« Reply #71 on: February 04, 2016, 04:19:05 PM »

Hi Todd - it's been a week.  How's it holding up? 


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!!
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« Reply #72 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.
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« Reply #73 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....
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« Reply #74 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.
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