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  • Rick Turner - The Father of Boutique Guitars

    You may not have heard of him (I hadn't) but as the article says, we should have. He produces some unique guitars and has developed a unique pickup, called the rotating humbucker. Links below to Rick Turner guitars and an article about him from Premier Guitar magazine.

    http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazine/Issue/2011/Jan/Rick_Turner_The_Father_of_Boutique_Guitars.aspx

    http://www.renaissanceguitars.com/instruments.php

    http://www.renaissanceguitars.com/pdf/MakingTheTurner.pdf
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    I've been lusting for a Model 1 for years. One day ...

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    • #3
      I've been lusting for a Model 1 for years. One day ...


      If you're good at woodworking, here's how they are made.

      http://www.renaissanceguitars.com/pdf/MakingTheTurner.pdf
      Foul language is the sign of a weak mind trying to express itself forcibly. * Thankfully, my computer program masks all the foul language and changes it to @&%)7#

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      • #4
        I believe Lindsey Buckingham is a long time Turner devotee.

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        • #5
          I believe Lindsey Buckingham is a long time Turner devotee.


          This ^^^^^
          Guitars = Chick Magnet
          Guitar Hero = Guy Magnet
          You do the math.


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          • #6
            If you're good at woodworking, here's how they are made.

            http://www.renaissanceguitars.com/pdf/MakingTheTurner.pdf


            Interesting. It's essentially a chambered/semi-hollow electric with a laminated neck that mounts like a solid body electric. There's a member here at HC named who used to frequent the acoustic forum who's gotten into building this type of guitar.

            All that is mostly lost on me as I'm into building pure acoustic flat top guitars at this point but I find the neck construction to be interesting. Many of independent "boutique" luthiers who make flat tops have begun constructing necks this way for both decorative and practical purposes. I like the idea because it's easier and cheaper to get woods that you can work with.
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            • #7
              Love this quote.

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              • #8
                I told Rick that he should make a matched set... Compass Rose guitar and matching ukulele. He thought that was a great idea but it hasn't happened yet.
                The secret of man's creative power is imagination.

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                • #9
                  If you're good at woodworking, here's how they are made.

                  http://www.renaissanceguitars.com/pdf/MakingTheTurner.pdf


                  Interesting....thanks for posting this

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                  • #10
                    I have seven of these guitars. Four M1 basses, one M1 LB, and two RN6H's.

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                    • #11
                      If you're good at woodworking, here's how they are made.

                      http://www.renaissanceguitars.com/pdf/MakingTheTurner.pdf


                      Great example of the sequence of operations.

                      Turner is awesome, and his contributions to the GAL are as well.
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                      • #12
                        Father of boutique guitars?

                        For electrics I'd vote for Alembic

                        For acoustics....Bozo?
                        "I don't want to be immortalized through my work. I want to be immortalized by not dying." Woody Allen

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