I finally got around to making these. Most folks I talked with about it weren't into them. A pal back in Memphis was roughing up his top, so I repaired the scratches & made this happen. I'll be mixing them into batches.
In other news, I'm cooking through a batch of A-5's! Tops are on & I'm working on necks, now! I'll post photos when I get a chance.
The finish has cured! I'll be doing final touch-ups, and stringing tonight! Anyone in range interested in test driving should give me a shout! Folks will be rolling over Sunday 4/15 from 3:00 on. Anxious to hear what we have!
Getting there with this bunch! Probably two more French polishing sessions, and I'll set them up to cure! They should be ready for action around April 15th or so! Now, it's time to head back up to Orcas Island Tonewoods to restock, and then wet a line on the Deschutes!
Well, I'm missed the crap out of Wintergrass. We are moving along, though! Shooting to scrape binding, spray shellac sanding seal, brush varnish, and French polish this week. I'm ready to see them come to life! Finish should be cured by the end of March! I'll post more as the finishing progresses, and I'll put the word out when I string these kids up! I can't wait to hear what we get with the mix of bracing! All one-piece tops! 3 braced with tone bars, and two with different X patterns!
Finished carving out binding channel last night! Pretty excited about having 3 with tone bars & 2 different X-Braces (one way forward). All 1-Piece tops from the same piece of Alaskan Sitka! Maybe ready for Wintergrass! We'll see!
Finish is cured! Strung up and ready for action! I'll be at Stevenson (GorgeGrass) Friday-Sunday with a few! Strong bunch! Very pleased with tone, volume & playability!
This is where they really come to life! Seeing the figure punch through! And listening to... Shellac. Just 'cause. Steve Albini is a wizard. Currently, two from this run are spoken for, just in case anyone is interested. The other three might go pretty fast. The last batch was spoken for within a couple weeks of the finish curing. Very excited to hear them again! Ants in my pants!
Moving right along with this run! Strung up in the white a few days ago & they all have a lot to say! On track for Stevenson Bluegrass (or GorgeGrass, now?)!
Very pleased with this bunch!!! Screamin' from the start! They'll take turns on the vibrator rack & we'll be at Wintergrass Fri-Sun!!!
Happy with the progress! All one piece tops and backs! I put ebony veneers on the back of the headstocks this time, and ebony stringers in the necks. Everything has a nice ring! All X-Braced and radiused necks! Shooting for early January? Maybe?