Build #2: Steel String

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stunami
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Build #2: Steel String

Post by stunami » Thu May 16, 2019 9:31 am

This baby was built with Trevor Gore's guitar course in mind - finished a few weeks before Trevor arrived in Newcastle and was hanging up in Phil Dawson's shed being sprayed when the course was on... bit of a shame but oh well :D

Top: Engelmann with Falcate Bracing
B&S: Blackwood, Live Back. Sides have weights bolted in for tone adjustments...
Neck: Qld Maple
Fretboard: mmm.. Gidgee i think..
Bridge & Headplate: Blackwood
Saddle & Nut: Tusq
Rosette: Paua Shell (designed in Adobe Illustrator, cut using an engraving machine)
Pickup: K&K
Finish: Gloss Nitro

if you spot them, there's no need to remind me ;) - There are some awesome cosmetic mistakes with this build but I'm going with the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi and appreciating the beauty of imperfection :D
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colburge
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Re: Build #2: Steel String

Post by colburge » Thu May 16, 2019 1:02 pm

Nice, you have to be bloody happy with that, looks amazing.

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Re: Build #2: Steel String

Post by stunami » Thu May 16, 2019 1:43 pm

Cheers Col - over the moon with how she turned out :D

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Re: Build #2: Steel String

Post by colburge » Thu May 16, 2019 1:57 pm

stunami wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 1:43 pm
Cheers Col - over the moon with how she turned out :D
How does it sound, pretty good I bet?

Col

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stunami
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Re: Build #2: Steel String

Post by stunami » Thu May 16, 2019 3:13 pm

Rich Bass & Sparkly Treble to my ear :)

Never played a steel string before so can't make a good comparison...

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Re: Build #2: Steel String

Post by asgilbert » Thu May 16, 2019 3:13 pm

Looks great. I see there is a question on what it sounds like. Be interested to know
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stunami
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Re: Build #2: Steel String

Post by stunami » Thu May 16, 2019 4:53 pm

when I get a chance, i'll record something - then folks can let me know what they're hearing :)

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Re: Build #2: Steel String

Post by kiwigeo » Thu May 16, 2019 5:16 pm

I keep telling my (Japanese) wife I employed wabi sabi when I chose her.....and she suddenly gets really mad at me :mrgreen:
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stunami
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Re: Build #2: Steel String

Post by stunami » Thu May 16, 2019 5:51 pm

Bold move 🤣

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Re: Build #2: Steel String

Post by kpcart » Thu May 16, 2019 6:54 pm

Looks good, don't worry about mistakes. Build for sound first and foremost.

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Mark McLean
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Re: Build #2: Steel String

Post by Mark McLean » Thu May 16, 2019 8:47 pm

I couldn’t agree more. Build for good sound, and FEEL. Aesthetic imperfections are pretty meaningless. The most beautiful instrument in the world is going to quickly lose its beauty with time and use - but it will not gain in sound quality if it does not have that attribute to begin with. That looks great Stu.

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Re: Build #2: Steel String

Post by lamanoditrento » Fri May 17, 2019 8:02 am

I love the grain and colour on that bridge
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Re: Build #2: Steel String

Post by WJ Guitars » Fri May 17, 2019 8:27 am

I like the Blackwood. Great result and look forward to hearing a sound sample.

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Re: Build #2: Steel String

Post by stunami » Fri May 17, 2019 3:06 pm

Cheers all for the feedback :)

I'll try and post a small recording of it in the nearish future...

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Re: Build #2: Steel String

Post by seeaxe » Sat May 18, 2019 6:36 pm

Lovely! You're the only one who will see the mistakes. Blackwood has to be one of the best looking back and sides out there. Sounds great too.

I like wabisabi a lot, especially on my tuna.
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Re: Build #2: Steel String

Post by stopper » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:01 pm

Nice job. Wouldn’t have picked the bridge for Blackwood. My Japanese is rusty but I think it’s subarashi yo!

Steve

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Re: Build #2: Steel String

Post by Jim » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:38 pm

Smashing!

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