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  • Sorry, state. Half way between Seattle and Spokane, which I visit frequently, as well as Portland Oregon.


    I'm just north of you in Vancouver. Checking that puppy out first-hand sounds like a great excuse for a road trip!!
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    • I'm just north of you in Vancouver. Checking that puppy out first-hand sounds like a great excuse for a road trip!!


      Vancouver as is BC or as in WA? My family is in WA (and Portland), we will be there over the holiday. I was going to take the LP down to show to my son. Busy season but time could be found and I'll have the recorder along....

      If its as in BC we do get there occassionally too, eh? Mostly passing thru to recreation but I love the city. Fwiw, I am in Wenatchee, which most people have never heard of, but we made the choice to live here and we love it.


      Guys, I am overwhelmed by the comments about the burst. That is only the second time I've tried a burst and mostly it was trial and error. I agree that many (most?) bursts are just too over done - yet that seems to be the tradition. I wanted it subtle, with the amber fading to brown, but not losing the transparency to see the figure of the wood. I was very close to trying a cherry red burst, but at the final minute my wife and I were looking at pictures of '59 Les Pauls in Fretboard Journal (if you haven't seen that story I recommend it) and she said "that looks like I envision your guitar". OK.

      Here is my first attempt at a traditional tobacco sunburst. I think if I ever build (hee hee) a Tele this is how I would finish it.





      edit - I posted the wrong pictures of the mando - I meant to show the finished tobacco burst

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      • That mando is looking good so far, Freeman! Damn, I've got to say I'm way more than impressed with your builds - incredible work! BRAVO!
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        Originally Posted by GreatDane


        the player plays, but the instrument should inspire.

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        • Keep going - Can

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          • Great job, I really like it!

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            • Vancouver as is BC or as in WA? My family is in WA (and Portland), we will be there over the holiday. I was going to take the LP down to show to my son. Busy season but time could be found and I'll have the recorder along....

              If its as in BC we do get there occassionally too, eh? Mostly passing thru to recreation but I love the city. Fwiw, I am in Wenatchee, which most people have never heard of, but we made the choice to live here and we love it.


              As in BC. I make it down to Bellingham fairly regularly and Seattle less so. In January I'm driving down to the NAMM show in LA, so it'll be my first car trip south of Seattle. I may be able to swing past you, but not sure at the moment. Would be nice to hook up at some point.

              I not only know Wenatchee, I've been there many times in the late 80's. I was doing some tech development and my hardware engineer was living there at the time. It's nice, but I prefer a larger city - well Vancouver at least - for it's diversity and anonymity. I lived in a very small village north of Penticton, which is in the same valley as Wenatchee, and found the summers brutally hot and the small town mentality drove me crazy.

              Love mandolins and look forward to seeing yours all finished.
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              • Oops, another brain fart. In the last post I meant to include a couple of pictures of the finished mandolin showing my first attempt at a tobacco sunburst (which is what I would do on a Tele). My company computer blocks photos and videos (I think they just want us to be doing work on this thing), but I knew I had a couple of mando pics on another forum. I grabbed them (totally blind) and now realize that they are early build pics. I changed them, hopefully they are the finished instrument.

                Btw - carving an mandolin is somewhat similar to carving the LP, but about ten times the work. I don't plan to ever build an archtop......

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                • ... I don't plan to ever build an archtop......


                  Dont say that... you owe it to yourself to try at least one. If you get the Benedetto plans from Stew Mac, you will change your mind

                  The LP turned out great!

                  AJC
                  Andrew J. Coholic

                  Wanna see some cool builds?
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                  • I've kept a little spreadsheet on this and added up the damage last night. Very brief summary - the entire guitar was $862, another $129 for a nice case. I bought $150 worth of tools that I couldn't do without (mostly Forstner bits and a couple of special router bits), spent $579 for the used amp and a cord, and shipping on the mail order stuff was $75.

                    The guitar cost breaks down as $389 for the wood, $147 for pickups and electronics, $240 for hardware, $36 for the lacquer, and $50 for pearl. I had scraps of wood, the stains and pore filler and other odds and ends. I did buy a new router and table but that was for the shop, not just this project. However the big Forstner bits and deep router bits I probably won't use very often so I credit them here.

                    In general, then I would say that the guitar in the case was a grand, the amp another 600. The fun factor is priceless.

                    btw - if anyone would like a copy of the spreadsheet (or to borrow the Forstner bits, plans, templates, etc) just shoot me a PM.


                    Very nice build! Glad to see this information too. I meant to keep track of expenses on my bass kit build, suffice to say it's getting more expensive than I originally thought.
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                    • One last pair of pictures - the black cover plate is better but just not right. We'll get that fixed one of these days....





                      The thing in the back ground is kind of interesting - it is a very old wind up Edison phonograph. Not drums, but thick disks with the grooves only on one side. Got it from a funeral parlor that was closing along with a bunch of incredible old records - when we brought it home my wife and I dance to the old music. It has an honored corner in the music room

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                      • Tortoise shell cover plate?
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                        • Tortoise shell cover plate?


                          I think rosewood with a cream outline - I have the wood but there is a Christmas tree leaning up against the band saw and its cold in the shop and besides, I'm having way too much fun playing this puppy

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                          • I think rosewood with a cream outline


                            perfect

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                            • You've got to be ****************ing kidding me. Just look at that guitar! This thread needs to be forwarded to Gibson's designers.
                              Signed,
                              F.U.

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                              • I'm speechless.

                                You are wrong about one thing...

                                That burst looks 100X better than the best burst I've seen out of any factory!

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                                Love is not music.
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