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« on: December 10, 2016, 12:49:02 AM »

After many hours of work, I have just finished building an acoustic guitar. It's far from perfect, but I have built this one to keep.

I have incorporated a few personal momentos- I collected oyster shells from a beach in Scotland which I inlaid into the rosewood, there is also sycamore edging the rosette cut from a sapling in my garden, I made a headstock inlay from a heart decoration from a friend's wedding and soaked the back of the soundboard in my blood from nearly cutting off the end of my pinkie finger Wink

Hope you like it😀


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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2016, 12:52:56 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2016, 05:58:41 AM »

Wow! Terrific job. What are the materials used? I like the black bits by the waist.
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2016, 08:18:33 AM »

Very impressive, Steve!  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2016, 08:26:15 AM »

That's beautiful...I'd be very proud of that !
I'm guessing from the pics it's a parlour size ?

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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2016, 09:24:44 AM »

Looks magnificent.  Good work, Sir.
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2016, 10:37:16 AM »

Looks excellent! I hope it plays as well as it looks! Well done!
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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2016, 11:26:30 AM »

I'm impressed!  Nice work, sir.

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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2016, 09:58:08 PM »

Thanks folks. For some reason the photos have stretched sideways.

It measures 14" at the lower bout, which is about the same as a full size classical guitar, so I guess it is close to a parlour guitar.

The woods are:-

Back and sides are mahogany;
Top is alpine spruce;
Fingerboard is rosewood, as is the headstock veneer and bridge.

The inlays at the waist are rosewood- I found it impossible to get the smooth transition I wanted, but overall the optical illusion seems to work.

I am still working on the set up. It plays well, but it needs tweaking at the nut and saddle to get the best out of the tone.  It's a bit nasal, but surprisingly loud for the size.  I've put on Elixir nanotechnology coated phosphor bronze strings, but they are not as lively as non-coated strings and can be a little muddy.

I'm not sure Richard Thompson will want to swap his signature Lowden Grin., but I bet he could make it sound better than I can!!

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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2016, 10:20:03 PM »

Beautiful looking instrument!
Well done Steve
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