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 Post subject: Blackwood 018 Acoustic
PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:28 pm 
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Hi there,

This guitar is for my son who is a working musician. I sent it off with him a few weeks back and it has been used on twenty gigs. I said, tongue in cheek, give it a flogging and play it in a bit. It has a K&K mini western pickup system fitted and he liked the fact that the whole guitar is very responsive when plugged into the PA so it has been subjected to some Tommy Emanual tapping. He brought it back to me all sheepish last week and said there is a noise that sounds like a brace has lifted. I knew this guitar was going to be well played so I built it as strong as possible and I thought surely a brace hasn't lifted. :oops: Turned out the fingerboard is vibrating on the top when he taps it. Phewwww!!!! I will get him to gig it for another twenty gigs and once we are both happy with the setup I will spot glue the fingerboard down. Happy ending! fix :D

The guitar is all Blackwood and I must say it sounds dang good. I must thank Bob Connor for picking out a suitable top for me. I have heard other guitars with hardwood tops and they seemed tight sounding and a bit thin to me. This one surprised me and sounded good from the start so I am very pleased. There will be a mp3 of the guitar in the near future.

Top back and sides: Blackwood from Bob Connor

Appointments: Indian Rosewood from Shane at High Mountain Tonewoods

Neck: NGR from Micheal Connor

Machine Heads: Black Schallers

Pickup: K&K Mini Western System

Here are a few pictures for you all and thanks for looking.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:54 pm 
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That's very cool looking! Is it unbound, or stealth bound?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:15 pm 
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Thanks Mike!

It's unbound mate.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:09 pm 
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Splendor in the grass! Can't wait to hear it Alan. [clap]

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:34 pm 
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Beautiful!! I really like the overall effect of all blackwood with no bindings. I've thought about going with no bindings, but haven't decided which woods to try it on. The blackwood is a nice candidate, since the wood works well for both top and back/sides, like koa.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:52 am 
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Your son must be proud of you (and vise versa by the sounds of it).
Really like the rossette, given me an idea too.
Look forward to hearing it soon, please.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:24 pm 
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mmm...very nice. I like that rosette


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:33 pm 
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Very nice! Does it sound similar to an all mahagony guitar?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:23 am 
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Thanks Alex, Gene, Joe and Quine for you comments. I appreciate your encouragement.

Danny it doesn't sound like mahogany. More like a spruce top but the treble is thin. The guitar due to its size is very mid range orientated and the string balance is good. The top was hand picked and it was much lighter in weight to the back.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:58 am 
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I love the aesthetics, understated, really nice. Just one thing though, trim those string ends!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:53 pm 
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G'day Colin,

Thanks for your kind words.

Yes if the guitar was mine the string ends would be all nicely trimmed but these cheap ass musicians such as my son like to string up this way incase of a string break so they can maybe get more life out of a string.

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Alan


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:52 pm 
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I like it. Look forward to the mp3


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That is a classy looking guitar, I can't wait to hear it.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:42 am 
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Cheers Clinchriver and Joe for your kind words.

Mp3 shortly.

Cheers

Alan


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