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  1. #31
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    thanks..good stuff...also gives you a preview of how beautiful that outside spruce top is going to look!! hah

    cheers

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    I started a batch of 6 archtop necks a while back. I often build in batches and decorate the headstock and fingerboard on an individual basis. Carved archtop-p1010024-jpgCarved archtop-p1010004-jpgCarved archtop-p1010009-jpgCarved archtop-p1010016-jpg
    I thought I would have some fun with this build and cut out some some intricately shaped pieces of extra colorful and well figured M O P shell.Carved archtop-p1010022-jpgCarved archtop-p1010007-jpg

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    Nice work, Matt!
    Best regards, k

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    as always, beautiful workmanship and materials!! well done matt c


    cheers


    ps- double bound multi ply headstock binding is super nice touch!
    Last edited by neatomic; 05-07-2018 at 10:01 PM.

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    Matt, a question regarding the soundport which i believe is mainly for the player to hear himself better:
    Does it alter the sound of the guitar for an audience who is sitting in front / does it change to the volume of the guitar heard at the audience side?
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    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74 View Post
    Nice work, Matt!
    Thanks K !
    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic View Post
    as always, beautiful workmanship and materials!! well done matt c


    cheers


    ps- double bound multi ply headstock binding is super nice touch!
    Thanks neatomic! I bound the body with an extra thick bind to match. I will post some photos soon.
    Quote Originally Posted by JazzNote View Post
    Matt, a question regarding the soundport which i believe is mainly for the player to hear himself better:
    Does it alter the sound of the guitar for an audience who is sitting in front / does it change to the volume of the guitar heard at the audience side?
    That is a good question Jazz Note. This build is an experiment which will hopefully provide the answer to your questions. From what I have read, the sound port helps the player hear better without reducing the projection. I can say the box has a very strong tap tone. I can tell from the tap that this is sure to be a loud archtop.

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    Very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by plasticpigeon View Post
    Very nice!
    Thanks! plasticpigeon.

    I thought I had better post a few pics in the white in case anyone was wondering what happened with this build. She has been sitting around waiting for me to get on with the finishing process. I got side tracked with some summer fun!
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    Matt your work is beautiful! Hollenbeck would string his guitar up and play it for usually 2 weeks before applying any finish. I assume you do this same? In some cases he would wait till the weather was perfect for nitro and the guitar might be strung up for even a month.
    specializing in repair and setup, does your guitar play like it should?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deacon Mark View Post
    Matt your work is beautiful! Hollenbeck would string his guitar up and play it for usually 2 weeks before applying any finish. I assume you do this same? In some cases he would wait till the weather was perfect for nitro and the guitar might be strung up for even a month.
    Thanks Mark! I have strung up unfinished instruments in the past but I haven't been doing that lately. I do some testing using tuning forks to check for any wolf notes before finishing but I don't string them up anymore. I use shellac under hybrid alkyd varnish to finish so the wait time for curing is only 7 days. The varnish is tough as nails and outdoor rated and the best part about it is it does not continue to shrink like nitro does.

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    Very nice!

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    So you are not doing nitro finishes? I have to have a discussion with you about that because finishing work is one of my downfalls. I just have not dived into the mix yet. Lots of options and opinions.
    specializing in repair and setup, does your guitar play like it should?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluedawg View Post
    Very nice!
    Thanks Bluedawg!

    Quote Originally Posted by deacon Mark View Post
    So you are not doing nitro finishes? I have to have a discussion with you about that because finishing work is one of my downfalls. I just have not dived into the mix yet. Lots of options and opinions.
    I only used nitro on 1 partscaster back in the 90s. After that I tried a variety of waterborne lacquers that were offered by Stew Mac and LMI. Most of these finishes were similar but would vary slightly in color. I don't remember when I started using the hybrid varnish but it was about 12 years ago. The varnish is very hard so it polishes to a very high luster. Getting good results is a bit labor intensive as it goes on thin and many coats are needed for a good result. I always use shellac under the varnish to provide an extra hard and durable base for the varnish. There is a learning curve with applying the finish but overall it is very forgiving and easily repaired. The main downside is the shellac adds a bit of amber color and so does the varnish but this is only a concern with a natural finish and can make a new guitar look aged, not always a bad thing.

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