I see you posted it here also and you should. I was just thinking about all the woodworking knowledge and time it took you to build this. In my opinion it's a master piece.
My son wants a bass so maybe one day, Doug. The label inside speaks to the verse, as well.Other than having 2 extra strings, it looks perfect! Great choice of a verse on the headstock.
I think too glossy of a finish detracts from the color and pattern of the wood, especially in photos. Your finish lets the wood speak for itself, and looks awesome. The color on the sides, and the figure on the walnut headstock are beautiful. You can definitely see more than a few hours of love went into it!
Thanks, Paul! My best friend, a guy I've known since grade school and who cuts me no slack at all, is a very good guitar player and is very critical of the work I do. It's in a good way but he's always there to 'jab me' whenever possible. Case in point - two weeks ago I ran into a problem with the final few steps on getting this all together and sent him a photo with a question. His first comment was, "You should have built the simple guitar first and saved all this fancy stuff for later", which didn't really address my question. I asked him if he's been waiting the entire couple of years during the build to make that comment and he said yes, he's been saving it. LOL!David that's just amazing. I can't begin to think about the work involved in a project like this. I guess many people would keep it simple for their first but you've added features beyond that. Nice job!
Wow, Dan, that's a tremendous compliment! Thank you! Godin makes a very good guitar and I'm pretty sure mine would kneel in reverence if placed in the same room as a Godin. Now if someone wants to pay me what his costs that would be fantastic - :surprise:David,
You know it's a success when you consider it's your first and you can compare it to any quality brand that has been making them for decades or more. Here in Quebec we have world renown Godin Guitars and they are of the highest quality to be had. I would compare yours any day. Beautiful craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Thanks, Jim! So like a double cutaway? One to reach higher frets and one to cradle your arm? It would reduce the volume in the box in its greatest area for sound so that would definitely have an effect on the sound. But reduced sound over not being able to play is an easy decision to make, I would think. Anything to keep playing.This is beautiful. Post all 1500 pics! Just kidding. With my limited knowledge of fan bracing etc. it looks like you're doing everything right and it will have a great sound.
You're going to think I'm crazy (well, I am, but not because of this). I've been wondering how making a cutout like the one on the lower front, except in the upper rear (where your right arm goes over) would affect the sound and integrity of the structure. I have arthritis in my right shoulder, and it's gotten to be too much discomfort to even play these days. Even the thin body models on the market aren't much help.
I really don't want to switch over to a solid body electric, but that's the only solution I've come up with so far.
If that part of the guitar was cut away, I wouldn't have to have my upper arm out at such an angle. Any ideas?
Yes. That's exactly my idea. I only play for myself, so reduced volume wouldn't be much of an issue. Thanks.Thanks, Jim! So like a double cutaway? One to reach higher frets and one to cradle your arm? It would reduce the volume in the box in its greatest area for sound so that would definitely have an effect on the sound. But reduced sound over not being able to play is an easy decision to make, I would think. Anything to keep playing.