Shop happenings and other ramblings...

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The last couple of months have been pretty busy in the shop and these 00 builds are getting close to the finish stage. One neck is shaped. I’ve got to make a couple of bridges and radius the fingerboards. Then I’ll be ready to tape ‘em up and get some sealer sprayed on.

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I’ve been having a lot of fun with photos and videos and documenting the process and life in the shop. I loved photography and videography many years ago, so it’s fun to get back into and use my love for both things to feed off of each other.

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Back in January of 2017, I finished a Black Limba OM guitar. I built the guitar on spec and had planned to send it off to consignment. At first, I liked the guitar but had higher hopes for the build. As I played it I grew to like it less and less. It wasn’t necessarily a bad guitar, just not what I had aimed to come up with. So, I took the strings off and started examining the braces, tapping, taking note of resonant frequencies, tap tones, etc…but just ended up putting it on the shelf for another time. Over the past few days, I’ve gained a bit of motivation to start messing with it again. As if I didn’t already have enough going on. I strung it back up and started the process of playing and listening and tapping and examination over again. Any time I had a spare 2 minues I’d sit down and play a little and try to put my finger on what I wanted to change and how I wanted it to be different. I played with temporarily adding stiffness and weight to the outside of the face. I feared I had gone too far in my carving in an effort to make a very light and responsive instrument. The addition of braces didn’t end up helping overall and in the end I carved a bit more inside the guitar. The improvements are night and day. By freeing up both the top and the back I was able to coax the guitar more in the direction of what I want my guitars to sound like. Is it finished? No. I’ll be putting a new top on this guitar. I need to experiement with top thickness and also make changes to back braces that will be much easier to accomplish with the top off. But I’m definitely heading in the right direction and gaining a much better understanding of the fuunctionality of sound production in the guitar along the way.

If you’ve made it this far, thanks!