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by martintaylor
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: travelling south
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: travelling south

peter.coombe wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:55 pm
I am in Bega. You are welcome to drop in and tour the workshop. I don't know of any timber suppliers down this way.
Hi Peter, that would be great! I'll PM you my mobile number.
by martintaylor
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: travelling south
Replies: 2
Views: 254

travelling south

Hi fellow addicts! My wife and I will be travelling down the A1 (the coast road) from the Central Coast above Sydney through to Melbourne over the next week or so and I was wondering if there were any noteworthy luthiers/timber suppliers along the way. Well be going through Nowra, Eden and across to...
by martintaylor
Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Les Paul done and dusted!
Replies: 5
Views: 436

Re: Les Paul done and dusted!

Hi Greg, Is the Aust Red Cedar from Boutique timbers? From the same batch as your Les Paul Junior build (you posted in August 2018)? Yes! That slab has been very good to me so far. I have about 3-4 drop tops left with that figure. Probably not enough for a carved top but just need to work out what s...
by martintaylor
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Les Paul done and dusted!
Replies: 5
Views: 436

Les Paul done and dusted!

This is my version of the classic Les paul. Australian Re Cedar top (hand shaped), Mahogany body and neck, Rosewood fretboard, Maple bindings (body, neck and headstock), Ebony pickguard, and covers, Golden Age PAF pickups. I love carving the necks on my guitars and now that I am making a few carved ...
by martintaylor
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 20 Years on
Replies: 5
Views: 778

Re: 20 Years on

Great work Jason, they are some seriously good looking guitars.
by martintaylor
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Blackwood Spruce Classical
Replies: 3
Views: 434

Re: Blackwood Spruce Classical

Nice work Steve! Your quality builds are enviable.
by martintaylor
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Client picks up new guitar
Replies: 5
Views: 672

Re: Client picks up new guitar

Great looking guitar and I love the idea of putting the pdf together to showcase it. Well done!
by martintaylor
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Les Paul Junior
Replies: 4
Views: 944

Re: Les Paul Junor

Kamusur wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:49 am
did the slab come from their yard or near the mill over on the far hill?
Hi Steve, it came from their yard or paddock would be a better description!
by martintaylor
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Les Paul Junior
Replies: 4
Views: 944

Re: Les Paul Junor

Where did you get that Figured Red Cedar? Thanks Greg. The cedar came from Boutique Timbers up at Rollands Plains. It was in a messy slab that didn't look too great to start with but after some planning produced the top. I have about 2 or 3 more sets from the same slab that are heading towards comm...
by martintaylor
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Les Paul Junior
Replies: 4
Views: 944

Les Paul Junior

And in teh middle of all the school builds, I have finished my Les Paul Junior. Figured Red Cedar drop top on a Mahogany body. Mahogany neck, Rosewood fretboard, Mick Brierley P90 hand wound pickup (which is awesome) and nitro finish.
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by martintaylor
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: School builds
Replies: 4
Views: 871

School builds

Here are some builds recently finished at the AGMS Central Coast. From a Lacote with lattice bracing to a Gypsy Jazz beast the students just keep coming up with guitars that are awesome. Angela finished 2 guitars both with cedar tops. A Lacote with lattice bracing and a parlour with falcate bracing....
by martintaylor
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Turning weeds into guitars
Replies: 5
Views: 2656

Turning weeds into guitars

If only all councils would donate their noxious weed removal to guitar builders (well, only the big ones of course) we would have more guitars like this. I know it's the equivalent of denim on denim but I just love timber. Camphor Laurel body, Blackwood pickguard, rock maple one pice neck. I think I...
by martintaylor
Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: New member new build
Replies: 26
Views: 9416

Re: New member new build

Looks really interesting build. Pete McCurly of Curly Timbers may be able to guide you with timber choices. Also, Cedarworks in Grafton often get large slabs of Australian Cedar that are quarter sawn. Another species that may be available is Mackay Cedar (I've used it on an acoustic bass) and Boutiq...
by martintaylor
Sat May 27, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Holy Teredo!
Replies: 1
Views: 1428

Holy Teredo!

Here's a new one! This guitar has a spruce soundboard that has been naturally sculpted by the teredo mollusc (shipworm). The Spruce log was floating around the islands of Alaska for many years, then retrieved by Brent from Alaska Specialty Woods. I decided to see if I could make a guitar from what w...
by martintaylor
Sat May 27, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Multiscale Gore OM - Finished!
Replies: 16
Views: 5818

Re: Multiscale Gore OM - Finished!

lamanoditrento wrote:
Sat May 27, 2017 7:40 am
you have really a great visual balance of the bridge which I often think look cockeyed on multiscales
+1 on that!

Lovely looking build. I bet she sounds as good.
by martintaylor
Sat May 27, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Pete McCurly Article
Replies: 6
Views: 2960

Re: Pete McCurly Article

Great article Pete. Your passion for the environment coupled with your enthusiasm for what it has to offer us as artisans is a perfect blend. We, your customers, are the beneficiaries. See you soon!
by martintaylor
Thu May 11, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Not a guitar...
Replies: 7
Views: 3121

Not a guitar...

OK, so I was challenged with building a violin. How hard can it be?? Turns out, a bit harder than imagined but I am happy with the outcome. Now, I know I may upset the traditionalists but I love timber and the thought of staining it was just not possible. Engelmann Spruce top, Euro Maple back and si...
by martintaylor
Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Some recent builds
Replies: 5
Views: 3310

Re: Some recent builds

Jim wrote:Beautiful Martin! What's the stunning wood on the front of the tele?
Thanks Jim. It's QLD Maple from a slab I picked up in a paddock in Northern NSW.
by martintaylor
Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Some recent builds
Replies: 5
Views: 3310

Re: Some recent builds

oops, pic got rotated? try this one
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by martintaylor
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Some recent builds
Replies: 5
Views: 3310

Some recent builds

Been busy with the guitar making school. Almost 60 guitars built at the Central Coast school alone! I still love building my own though. Here's a group of recent builds. Archtop, Acoustic Bass, "Tele" and a Parlour. Oh, and a violin in its infancy. Hopefully will get into a cello this year. IMG_9685...
by martintaylor
Sat Jul 02, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Ancient Kauri Tenor
Replies: 6
Views: 2608

Re: Ancient Kauri Tenor

love it!
by martintaylor
Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First Archtop
Replies: 7
Views: 3699

Re: First Archtop

Hi Greg, Is that Ebony bridge? Yes it is Ebony. This is really old African ebony that I was given by a retired Luthier. It is really nice to work. Is that Gidgee tailpiece? Yes the tailpiece is also Gidgee. This was sourced from Pete at Curly Timbers How did you handle the "wraparound" tailpiece ext...
by martintaylor
Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First Archtop
Replies: 7
Views: 3699

First Archtop

So, this is my first archtop build. Soundboard: Englemann Spruce Back and sides: QLD Maple Neck: Australian Red Cedar Fretboard: Australian Gidgee Pickguard and headstock veneer: Gidgee Bindings: Curly Maple Pickup: Benedetto S6 I'm really pleased with the outcome, it is loud acoustically and sounds...
by martintaylor
Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:27 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Cocobolo classical
Replies: 6
Views: 2642

Re: Cocobolo classical

beautiful looking instrument!
by martintaylor
Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: What's on your bench?
Replies: 56
Views: 22593

Re: What's on your bench?

seeaxe wrote:And a cold smoke generator for the son in law who is a butcher and wants to smoke his own bacon!
Now, you know that is an invitation for samples to be distributed for quality assessment :lol: