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  1. Nice neck. Braz veneer? Can't see the neck joint from your pic, but I assume dovetail from the volute. Should be fun trying to mate with the neck block (although you can get those from Martin too).
  2. Not to jinx you or anything, but the 000-17SM is a guaranteed winner. You will love it. You will keep it. Really. It's your destiny.
  3. Noooooooo! Tell the story, please.
  4. The Chinese can crank these things out on their CNC's now. No need for cheap labor. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Radius-Sanding-Blocks-Luthier-Tool-For-Guitar-Bass-Fret-Leveling-Fingerboard-New/263193976222?hash=item3d47955d9e:m:mN3c0tM9iEXq9NXIHN-EIrg
  5. Ooh, bound fretboard. I haven't tried fretting one of those yet. Special nippers?
  6. This has become a real cliff-hanger. I assume there are no shops near you where you can actually try out the guitar first, eh? Skip the Blueridge. It will just make you want the Eastman again. Maybe a 15-series Martin? I have loved every one I've tried (except for one dud). All-mahogany gives you a warm tone you can't get with a spruce top, the 15-series is fairly lightly built, and you can't beat that modified low oval neck profile IMO.
  7. Could be related. Personally, I kinda like jumbo frets, but perhaps the string displacement is increased relative to lower-profile frets. So many factors can impact feel.
  8. I like happy endings. They really are great guitars in my experience. Less consistent than Martins, but often more responsive. However, you still have to deal with the fact that they are clones of American icons made in Beijing. This will either gnaw at your brain, or you will embrace it.
  9. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -- apparently something Einstein never said, so you're OK.
  10. Yes, courage. I've resawn wood before. Have had issues with drift. Issues with burn. Issues with chatter. So I would normally want a lot more room for error than I had with this cut. Finally got the saw adjusted for near-perfect cuts. Next skill to level-up: marquetry. No hurry, though.
  11. The thing I most love about guitars is that the pursuit is endless. It's all about the journey. Playing, of course, but also building. I've been hoarding nice pieces of wood thinking "one day I'll figure out how to resaw that piece and make a guitar out of it." I finally got the courage to resaw into thinnnnn stock. Each of these pieces is about 1/8" thick and will be sanded down even thinner.
  12. My bucket list guitar.... Seriously, I would just like to play well before I kick it.
  13. Sounds like your expectations are high. That D-18 is feeling the pressure. Hopefully it doesn't suffer from performance anxiety.
  14. Speaking of museum-quality model boats, I just talked with a guy who makes half-hull models for a living. Amazing craftsmanship. I would not want him to build me a guitar or program my CNC, though. If you've ever seen someone go from a blank screen to a complex complete 3D model which can then be successfully translated to a functional thing produced by some sort of numerically-controlled machine, it is awe-inspiring. So let me suggest a metric for the depth of one's craft. How long would it take the average man on the street to reach the same level of mastery? Having personally made guitars both by hand and by numerically-controlled machines, I respect both crafts. But, frankly, I think the hand-tool route is more accessible to the average Joe.
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