#1
hi i am new here and wanted all my git friends (and friends to be) to see and comment on my newest member fo my playing family. hope ya'll enjoy seeing her, i designed her to sing before we put the bling into play, and mission accomplished, she SINGS. specs are
master grade Sitka srpuce top from Alaska
Cocobolo sap wood for sides and back
paua rosette and purfling
ebony binding
strings set on a full compliment of pre-ban ivory
much more

nice to meet you all






thanks for looking
#3
thats...howlin

noice job man
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#5
it SHOULD be in the building/customization thread, BUT with such a sexy build, i'll forgive u
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#6
nice inlay. a bit overdone for my taste but still, NICE.
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#7
Its fine here or there, but probably not both. If you had more building pictures, though, I know that the Guitar Building and Customization forum would love to see it.

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#8
Too much abalone.
I'm dancing in the moonlight
It's caught me in its spotlight
Dancing in the moonlight
On this long hot summer night


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#9
Oh. My. God.
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#10
Excellent work! I love the grain on the face of the headstock between the E tuners and the nut. It looks like a spider. And the wood for the back is totally psychedelic. Reminds me of something I ate in the 70's. Well, something I saw after the something I ate...lol.
How about some sound clips so we can hear her too?
#11
Wow. The fretboard inlay and the back are just astounding.
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#12
What a beauty! Good stuff!
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#13
omg.. wow..! That;s soooo pretty..! Did you make it, or design it & have it made?



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#15
What's the brand and model and more importantly, what did it cost and how about a sound clip?

That guitar is like WOW, don't ever play it as you might scratch it. Put it on a wall and invite friends around to look at it as the craftsmanship is superb:-)

There is a lot better spruce around than Alaskan though. Alaskan spruce is a cheapie [cheapest in the world]. Aged German straight grained spruce would have been my choice if I was talented enough to build it. Still, an incredible looking guitar and I bet it sounds great too! Half your luck would be good.
Last edited by Akabilk at Aug 21, 2008,
#19
rachael, this was a dream i had come true, i designed it from a dream i had and it was crafted for me with my specs by Mark Gilbert of www.lonewolfguitars.com

Beer, if I was to sell her i would start the price at ummm...lets say $25K

thanks for looking

sound clips are coming for those who wanted to hear her
Last edited by missouripicker at Aug 21, 2008,
#20
Quote by Akabilk
What's the brand and model and more importantly, what did it cost and how about a sound clip?

That guitar is like WOW, don't ever play it as you might scratch it. Put it on a wall and invite friends around to look at it as the craftsmanship is superb:-)

There is a lot better spruce around than Alaskan though. Alaskan spruce is a cheapie [cheapest in the world]. Aged German straight grained spruce would have been my choice if I was talented enough to build it. Still, an incredible looking guitar and I bet it sounds great too! Half your luck would be good.


Comments like this confuse me. Do you honestly think that someone with the kind of investment shown here isn't familiar with the differences in spruces available? When spending $20k on a guitar, do you think he would really choose arguably the most important piece of wood, to save money?

It sounds like the TS knew exactly what he wanted, and this is it.

Congrats on fulfilling a dream!

-J
#21
Sorry about the false impression, By 'cheap' I didn't mean Alaskan Sitka spruce was no good because its very good. What I meant by 'cheap' is that it's plentiful and easily available.


European spruce [from Yugoslavia or Germany mostly] is renowned for it's stiffness and sound quality, especially the AAAA or Master grade German spruce which is used for very expensive Flamenco or steel string guitars.
All spuces have different densities, stiffness qualities and different sounds. There are quite few spruces. Sitka [Alaska], Adirondack from Canada [due to rarity after WW2, mostly only found on vintage guitars] Englemann and European spruce are the main spruces. Sitka pretty much took over from Canadian Adirondack spruce for the US makers due to easy availability and plentiful supply. On that point of top woods, is the owner sure it's Sitka spruce, as it looks like Adirondak [that slight waveness across the grain] spruce [?] I have a few pieces of sound-board: Adirondack and Sitka that was sent to me by a Luthier for a top repair here I did at home [he wasn't sure which spruce top I had so he sent me both] and the grain looks identical to the Adirondack, not the Sitka [?] I notice the maker offers both. Adirondack although becoming rare, is still available on some custom guitars, especially from this maker.

Which spruce for a custom guitar is a personal choice. Obviously the customer here specified Sitka Spruce [?] If I was spending $20 grand. I would have picked German Master Grade as first choice and Adirondack as 2nd choice. Others might pick something else again but Sitka is the main choice, probably because the buyers are mostly unfamiliar with anything else, especially in the US, Canada or even here in Aust. Often they have never head of any other spruce except Sitka.

I listened to about a dozen recording from the makers site. Wonderful treble and mid-range but oh my god, the bass in almost all the recording was way too boomy. does anyone agree?

Incredibly good photography of this guitar by the way. Very professional.
Last edited by Akabilk at Aug 22, 2008,
#22
"droll" lol
Thats one cool looking guitar. I bet the sound is awesome to. Great job man.
#23
with all due respect, i am sure you know that with a commissioned guitar like this, the choice of wood was paramount in the decision making process. after all, all the bling in the wolrd wont make a guitar sing (duh). The luthier sent me choice after choice of all woods, not just spruce. He told me he had purchased a few sets of the top quality master grade Sitka from Alaska, I spent many hours of toil and to be honest in prayer that I would choose correctly (and believe me it was the right choice), like i said sound was way way way on top of my list. after reading about and contacting the person who did the quarter sawing I knew this particular top was it, I had three to choose from. BTW this particular top was not cheap nor was it readily available, in fact i believe it to be only one of a very few. The tree that this sound top is from grew in the middle of a great forrest, protected by winds and the elements for hundreds of years. it grew in the most pristine section of the forrest as evidenced by the grain. its tight grain suggests a favorable number of years (hundreds) of perfect rainfall and summer cool/heat. there is a ten year period when the grain is wider l as the darkened winter grain is absolutely perfect, as I understand it, the winter grain produces the punch and the lighter summer grain produces the warmth in guitar sound generation. Now this isn't the 'Lucky Strike' set of logs but it is the best of the best (of course that is as far as Alaskan spruce is concerned). Now as far as boomy bass, I agree spruce can be overpowering, but i have to disagree somewhat. my 1980 vintage Martin D-45 will blow the bass out, and I love it for that. But the J-OM body style, as in this guitar is much more balanced across the entire spectrum. yes it has bass but it has top end also (nothing is overpowering). I will post some soundclips after I finish this album I am recording and you be the judge. I really appreciate all of you and your kind words about this new git, thanks
Last edited by missouripicker at Aug 22, 2008,
#24
BTW i didn't say i paid $20K for her, i was asked how much i would take, and my response was I would start the bidding at $25K, the luthier would be out of business if he was up that high. you can look at his web site and see what his base prices are and formulate a number after factoring in the special wood and bling and stuff. of course the pre-ban ivory, the upgraded tuners and the Calton case as well as the bling was extra. again his web site is, www.lonewolfguitars.com, you may want to hurry tho cause i am getting ready to commission a dreadnought twin sister. thanks again