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My first kit build, and all I can say is...Tony for President.


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nice work Bill and Tony!!


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For those of you who don't know, This is Bill's first guitar - a kit from StewMac.
Bill owns one of my guitars, and has had the itch to build one for quite awhile and finally took the plunge. He built this under the guidance of Brad Nickerson, an extremely talented and knowledgeable builder.

Congrats on ths first build Bill!
You'll be replacing that D.E.Williams guitar with one of your own in no time!


Those bursted tops are really growing on me....Must be that guitar of Hesh's that did it...

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Way to go Bill and Tony the Prez! Reaally awesome first one!

So Bill, how hard did that building bug bite ya? bitten for the rest of yer life huh? What's next, another kit or from scratch?

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Looks fantastic Bill. Your on your way now.

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Nice job, guys!

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That stinks really pretty!!!


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One of the things that always seems to play a big role in how much I like
a burst is the color transitions. This one is so smooth, and the colors are
oober cool! Awesome.


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Thanks greatly for the compliments. As Don said, I built this under the watchful eye of Brad Nickerson, whom I greatly admire. Brad didn't allow me to make the "big" mistake (despite not being entirely certain what that is), but he did:

allow me to ruin my original pair of sides (they're hanging on my wall as a reminder), allow me badly overrout the neck pocket (and then make me fix it), insist I make/shape my own braces, force me to accurately re-bend the sides on a pipe, insist I do the binding by myself (he handed me tape), install and then have to chisel out an entire side of kerfing, recommend recarving the neck profile, suggest filling and redrilling the tuner holes...and LOTS of other things that let me learn from this first guitar. My advice to anyone who can find a teacher like this is go for it without hesitation. I truly believe it takes months off of the learning curve.

Serge: I've been a guitar junkie for the better part of 20 years. I've bought and sold many, many guitars...so from that perspective I was bit by the bug a long time ago. As for building another...well, Bob C is my new best friend.    Bill Greene38859.8469212963

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Bill,

I had a great experience studying with Brad Nickerson in the fall of
1998. I built both a flat top and an archtop under his guidance.
This is, hands down, the best way to learn instrument building.
The hardest part of beginning to build myself was trying to recreate
all the jigs and fixtures that brad had built.

Very nice work on your build there. I love the bursts, especially the
old Gibson variety!!

Cheers,

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Best looking guitar I've seen all day. Congratulations on a fine looking guitar Bill. Tony, Udaman! I'll vote for ya.

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Louis:

I'm elated to meet a third Brad student. Brad has lots of cool little things/jigs; simple but well thought out. I took loads of photos of the jigs he has, and of course, I can always go back and spend some time in his shop trying to recreate them if needed. He and I have developed a decent friendship. In the grand scheme of things, Brad is mostly an artist - yet his "by eye" things are astonishingly accurate.

His flattops are very nice, but his archtops are not of this world.

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Beautiful, just beautiful.

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Superb burst! That would be sort of a tobacco burst, right? Man, I want a LP like that! Congradulations on a superb effort Bill. Looking forward to number two... Keep 'em coming.

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Another beautiful burst! And nice job building it.It sure sounds like the best way to learn with someone with so much expieriance helping you.WTG-Bill

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Nice work, congratulations on the 1st

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I'm with Alain, I really like the tobacco bursts. Way to go Bill!

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Bill, you GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!
ONE STINKIN PICTURE!

What a tease!

Looks FANTASTIC! I wanna see more! I KNOW Jill sent you more than one picture!

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It's a beautiful stinker though!!!

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I've been after him to post more pics too....he sends me the occasional pic, but for some reason I can only save them as .bmp files, which we can't upload here. Not even Photoshop can grab them and convert them, or I'd post them.

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Bpm's should work now!
still 150k or smaller

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[QUOTE=Bill Greene] Brad didn't allow me to make the "big" mistake, but he did:

allow me to ruin my original pair of sides (they're hanging on my wall as a reminder), allow me badly overrout the neck pocket (and then make me fix it), insist I make/shape my own braces, force me to accurately re-bend the sides on a pipe, insist I do the binding by myself (he handed me tape), install and then have to chisel out an entire side of kerfing, recommend recarving the neck profile, suggest filling and redrilling the tuner holes...and LOTS of other things that let me learn from this first guitar.[/QUOTE]
Nickerson is obviously an evil, evil man!


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