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  1. #51

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    bless you for going with gold mop over abalone. i've been saying this forever and nobody listens.

    very curious to see where this goes. i'm liking the big art deco-y inlays.

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    The inlays have been installed and here are a few pics just received from Bryant



  4. #53
    The inlays have been installed and here are a few pics just received from Bryant



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    Excellent, Steve! I'm glad Bryant is making progress on your guitar. Keep us posted!

  6. #55
    Quote Originally Posted by D'Aquisto Fan View Post
    Excellent, Steve! I'm glad Bryant is making progress on your guitar. Keep us posted!
    Thanks Michael. It’s a long journey, but I know it’s worth the wait. It will be a sound machine when it’s done. Your Jazz electric will also be worth the wait - nothing like it on the market.

  7. #56
    A new update on the progress of my guitar” The Georgian” . The body binding was completed today. It consists of a thin inner strip of ebony, with a thicker maple center and perimeter band of rosewood. The theme of this guitar is early European period furniture / architecture - so no plastic.



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    The headstock on your guitar looks like no other guitar I’ve ever seen.
    Unique. Classy.
    I hope this guitar is your best. But not by too much of a margin. I’d hate see the others get jealous and run away from home on you!
    Kidding aside, this project is exciting. I can’t wait till it’s done. It’s going to be nice to hear you play it.
    JD

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    I'm at the point that I don't find most of the standard builds and NGDs that I see on this site terribly exciting anymore.

    This build excites me terribly.

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    Hi Steve,
    I have heard a few Treniers on YT and they certainly have a unique tone
    your new build is different too, an unusually designed headstock. The body
    binding top quality, I eagerly look forward to seeing further progress of it
    when Bryant sends more pics. Thank you for sharing this with us.



    Best, Silverfoxx

  11. #60
    Quote Originally Posted by Max405 View Post
    The headstock on your guitar looks like no other guitar I’ve ever seen.
    Unique. Classy.
    I hope this guitar is your best. But not by too much of a margin. I’d hate see the others get jealous and run away from home on you!
    Kidding aside, this project is exciting. I can’t wait till it’s done. It’s going to be nice to hear you play it.
    JD
    JD- thanks for the feedback. The woods used on this guitar are Europe’s best quality.
    I know it will be sonically and visually incredible when it’s complete. It will be a “ truly one off” build and hopefully the start of some new direction for Bryant. John Monteleone broke away from tradition and it paid off handsomely.

  12. #61
    Quote Originally Posted by Jehu View Post
    I'm at the point that I don't find most of the standard builds and NGDs that I see on this site terribly exciting anymore.

    This build excites me terribly.
    Jehu,
    Thanks - I too enjoy variety and unique builds. This will be quite exquisite when complete - I’ll keep you posted.

  13. #62
    Quote Originally Posted by silverfoxx View Post
    Hi Steve,
    I have heard a few Treniers on YT and they certainly have a unique tone
    your new build is different too, an unusually designed headstock. The body
    binding top quality, I eagerly look forward to seeing further progress of it
    when Bryant sends more pics. Thank you for sharing this with us.



    Best, Silverfoxx
    Silver fox,
    For guys like me who play unplugged acoustic Archtops , it doesn’t get much better than a Trenier, or of course a D’Aquisto , or early D’Angelico. This build represents architectural details and furnishing appointments of a period I highly admire. We didn’t want to go too far over the top.

    When its done- it will be like a fine wine, well suited to a high society European parlor / cigar room sitting next to some tea caddies. Lol

  14. #63
    Current update from Uzes France. The final top carving is complete and neck fitting in progress. After the neck is fitted, the back then receives its final carve- which includes recurve shaping and body tap tune. Bryant knows that I like a very low frequency across the entire back. To achieve this, the recurve zone is shaped to enable a flexible back, and when done by the hand of a master like Bryant, it produces that magic interaction with the top.


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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Current update from Uzes France. The final top carving is complete and neck fitting in progress. After the neck is fitted, the back then receives its final carve- which includes recurve shaping and body tap tune. Bryant knows that I like a very low frequency across the entire back. To achieve this, the recurve zone is shaped to enable a flexible back, and when done by the hand of a master like Bryant, it produces that magic interaction with the top.

    That looks beautiful, Steve. Such a wonderful, unique build. Thanks for sharing the updated picture!

  16. #65
    Quote Originally Posted by D'Aquisto Fan View Post
    That looks beautiful, Steve. Such a wonderful, unique build. Thanks for sharing the updated picture!
    Thanks Michael- I’m really enjoying the process. The neck mounting will be completed this coming Tuesday. After that, a few days of back carving and recurve scraping / sanding before finishing.

  17. #66

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Silver fox,
    For guys like me who play unplugged acoustic Archtops , it doesn’t get much better than a Trenier, or of course a D’Aquisto , or early D’Angelico. This build represents architectural details and furnishing appointments of a period I highly admire. We didn’t want to go too far over the top.

    When its done- it will be like a fine wine, well suited to a high society European parlor / cigar room sitting next to some tea caddies. Lol

    I can see the ad now - - -

    Wanted : Euro " Tea Caddies " ...' English preferred but not mandatory '... ' Early afternoons '......'Prefer waitress / server experience'...

    : ) Ah, yes.......

    .

  18. #67

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman
    Current update from Uzes France. The final top carving is complete and neck fitting in progress. After the neck is fitted, the back then receives its final carve- which includes recurve shaping and body tap tune. Bryant knows that I like a very low frequency across the entire back. To achieve this, the recurve zone is shaped to enable a flexible back, and when done by the hand of a master like Bryant, it produces that magic interaction with the top.

    I cant wait until the Bigsby is fitted.. (kidding..)
    Stevie, this is REALLY getting exciting. After this, there is no where to go. This guitar will most likely re-produce music that is beyond anything else I've ever heard.
    I am glad Bryant is tuning this after everything is put together. I worry about the pressure relief on a system that has a sound port that large. He will be able to put the finishing touches on it when everything is working together as a unit.
    This is awesome. Thanks for sharing this.
    JD

  19. #68
    Quote Originally Posted by Max405
    I cant wait until the Bigsby is fitted.. (kidding..)
    Stevie, this is REALLY getting exciting. After this, there is no where to go. This guitar will most likely re-produce music that is beyond anything else I've ever heard.
    I am glad Bryant is tuning this after everything is put together. I worry about the pressure relief on a system that has a sound port that large. He will be able to put the finishing touches on it when everything is working together as a unit.
    This is awesome. Thanks for sharing this.
    JD
    Joe - John Monteleone puts 2 sound ports in on most of his guitars - equal in size to what you see on this guitar. The inside perimeter of these openings are reinforced to prevent any deformation. I’ve played numerous Monteleone’s with the side port and the experience for the player is just amazing - and outward projection is still fine.
    After you’ve played one of these , it’s hard to go back to a normal solid side.

    It’s been real fun watching this come together - and I’m just letting Bryant run with his ideas.

    One day, when you come visit to play the Legrand - you’ll play this one and see what I’m talking about.

    More pics to come soon.

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    Very nice indeed Steve, the build has progressed quite rapidly. and already looking very good
    I must say that i'm fond of the sound port, I was tempted by a John Buscarino model with one
    on sale here ,but it sold in the blink of an eye. This was of course prior to becoming aware of
    Mark Campellone's guitars !
    Congratulations on this new instrument, we look forward to more pics in due course.



    Best 007

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    Looks great, thanks for posting. I agree with your comments about sound ports. I have them in my two nylon guitars and the additional sound provided to the player's ear is a real pleasure.

  22. #71
    Quote Originally Posted by silverfoxx View Post
    Very nice indeed Steve, the build has progressed quite rapidly. and already looking very good
    I must say that i'm fond of the sound port, I was tempted by a John Buscarino model with one
    on sale here ,but it sold in the blink of an eye. This was of course prior to becoming aware of
    Mark Campellone's guitars !
    Congratulations on this new instrument, we look forward to more pics in due course.



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    Thanks Alan. The build is progressing quite nicely and im enjoying the " one off " nature of what Bryant is building. I agreed to take his 150th build nearly two years ago, and the guitar's design elements were created last December.

    Bryant is already beginning to transition from traditional guitar appointments to his own unique ideas - and I believe in the next few years we will see some extraordinary custom builds coming off his bench. The " Georgian " is the start of something special.

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  23. #72
    Quote Originally Posted by rob taft View Post
    Looks great, thanks for posting. I agree with your comments about sound ports. I have them in my two nylon guitars and the additional sound provided to the player's ear is a real pleasure.
    Rob,
    Thanks for providing feedback on your side port experience. If more people had the opportunity to experience this feature it would become more popular. Nearly every guitar leaving John Monteleones shop has a sound port. A good amount of his clients, like myself, play in an intimate setting and benefit from the sound port.

    Another reason for me chosing just the single upper port was due to partial hearing loss in my left ear.

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  24. #73
    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis D View Post
    I can see the ad now - - -

    Wanted : Euro " Tea Caddies " ...' English preferred but not mandatory '... ' Early afternoons '......'Prefer waitress / server experience'...

    : ) Ah, yes.......

    .
    Dennis, that was great ......I loved it.

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  25. #74
    A few more updates today from Bryant. Hardware loosely mounted on headstock - and I see a few of my buddies Jazz electrics in the background. Neck being mounted tomorrow - that’s when the guitar is “born”.


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    The inspiration for the bellflowers came from the leg of this 19th century pc of furniture.

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    Looks great and I'm sure it will sound stunning with the sound port!

  28. #77
    Quote Originally Posted by coolvinny
    Looks great and I'm sure it will sound stunning with the sound port!
    Thanks Coolvinny-it will sounds amazing I’m sure. Hope your enjoying your Jazz electric.

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    Hey Steve - just noticed that you'd started this thread for your Trenier build - eager to see more pics - looks like this guitar should be something really special!!

  30. #79
    Quote Originally Posted by MCampellone
    Hey Steve - just noticed that you'd started this thread for your Trenier build - eager to see more pics - looks like this guitar should be something really special!!
    Hi Mark - thanks for taking a look. Yes, this is a very special build and I will post more pics as it progresses. The neck was glued in yesterday - and next is the final back carving / sanding then finish prep.

    So glad you joined the forum - your presence has brought great enthusiasm and interest from so many members. Myself and several others folks really enjoy owning your guitars and watching your magnificent builds.

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    More update pics from Bryant. The body just before mounting the neck , neck mounted and a side view of the top fit.




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    That is such a beautiful work of art. Definitely going to follow this build.

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    Fal Tarlow- Thanks so much for posting the link. This is exactly how Jim D’Aquisto finish carved the back of his guitars . It was always done after the neck was attached - and involved a very intuitive process of carving , scraping and tapping.

    Pic of back almost finished - just some final recurve scraping and more tap tuning left to go.



  35. #84
    Quote Originally Posted by Dogfaceboy
    That is such a beautiful work of art. Definitely going to follow this build.
    Dougfaceboy,
    Thanks for the nice comments. This is going to be a very special guitar and I’m glad your following the build. Bryant has some great ideas for the finish, tail pc and pick-guard.

  36. #85
    Some update pics. The guitar was just sprayed with clear this past Thursday and the sunburst going on this weekend.



  37. #86

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Some update pics. The guitar was just sprayed with clear this past Thursday and the sunburst going on this weekend.


    That looks amazing, Steve! Beautiful work by Bryant!

  38. #87
    Quote Originally Posted by D'Aquisto Fan
    That looks amazing, Steve! Beautiful work by Bryant!
    Thanks Michael -it gets very exciting at this point of the build.

  39. #88
    The latest from Bryant. The finish is applied and hanging along side three of my good friends Jazz Electrics.


  40. #89
    A few more pics


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    It's great to watch perfection in the making. I really like the selections made for all of the details.

  42. #91
    Quote Originally Posted by Dogfaceboy
    It's great to watch perfection in the making. I really like the selections made for all of the details.
    Thanks for the kind words. Bryant took a few ideas I had and ran with it. I just let him do his thing - then sat back and watched. It’s been a fun and exciting build. It will really come to life when he applies the clear coats and buffs it out. He also has some ideas for the tail pc and pickguard that will surely fit in with the theme.

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    Me thinks that you're going to like this one...

  44. #93

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    A few more pics

    Real nice sunburst shade, Steve. Gorgeous.

  45. #94
    Quote Originally Posted by iim7V7IM7 View Post
    Me thinks that you're going to like this one...
    Thank Bob - me too. I have a feeling it’s going to be extraordinary - and I’ve played enough sound port instruments at John Monteleone’s shop to realize the benefit to the player

  46. #95
    Quote Originally Posted by sbeishline
    Real nice sunburst shade, Steve. Gorgeous.
    Sbieshline,
    Thank you. Bryant finish work is fantastic - and very reminiscent of Jim D’Aquisto’s shading.

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    Just wow!!! It’s exciting to see that oval holed arch top receive a glorious sunburst finish! Double thumbs up!

  48. #97
    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop View Post
    Just wow!!! It’s exciting to see that oval holed arch top receive a glorious sunburst finish! Double thumbs up!
    Thanks 2b. Nice to see some people on this forum still appreciate carved acoustic Archtop guitar builds. I’m thinking this particular build would have likely found more interest on the Acoustic Guitar Forum.

    I’ve realized ( over time) that this forum consists of players gravitating more towards the electric plug in experience - with less interest in un-amplified straight acoustic instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Thanks 2b. Nice to see some people on this forum still appreciate carved acoustic Archtop guitar builds. I’m thinking this particular build would have likely found more interest on the Acoustic Guitar Forum.

    I’ve realized ( over time) that this forum consists of players gravitating more towards the electric plug in experience - with less interest in un-amplified straight acoustic instruments.
    I think any gravitating towards plugged-in experience is simply because that's what's on most records. The albums we know and love are generally amplified. In fact I think since COVID there's been a shift back towards unplugged experience - I certainly launched more into solo guitar out of necessity.

    This build is looking great!

  50. #99
    Quote Originally Posted by coolvinny View Post
    I think any gravitating towards plugged-in experience is simply because that's what's on most records. The albums we know and love are generally amplified. In fact I think since COVID there's been a shift back towards unplugged experience - I certainly launched more into solo guitar out of necessity.

    This build is looking great!
    Coolvinny,
    You bring up some great points. For me, being raised in the NY area , and hanging around luthiers building mainly traditional acoustic archtops, Ive come to love the instrument for its true acoustic capabilities.

    Back in the early ninties, I wouldnt even look at an archtop with a built in pick up. Today, I do appreciate some electric archtops, but not many. Once you electrify a guitar, you can alter the sound in many different ways. In fact, ive heard Fender teles , with modeling effects ,emulate a jazz archtop sound.

    Right now, there is an acoustic guitar renaissance emerging throughout the world. Due to COVID , people are sheltered in place and buying guitars like crazy. Martin, Gibson Taylor, and even Fender have reported record sales this year, and cannot keep up with the demand



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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Thanks 2b. Nice to see some people on this forum still appreciate carved acoustic Archtop guitar builds. I’m thinking this particular build would have likely found more interest on the Acoustic Guitar Forum.

    I’ve realized ( over time) that this forum consists of players gravitating more towards the electric plug in experience - with less interest in un-amplified straight acoustic instruments.
    As a practical matter, 95+ % of my gigging life was plugged in with pickups, and much of the rest was acoustic guitars amplified via mics or some kind of pickup (The exception was my bell brass-bodied Dobro. When they went to mic for a show I was doing at a small theater, I told them 'You're not going to need that."). It is only in the intimacy of the practice room or the private salon that the true sound of the acoustic archtop can be deeply appreciated, in my experience. Commercial exigencies prevail. A guy's gotta eat, and new strings aren't free...

    Nevertheless, playing my archtops (not high-end but nonetheless treasured) acoustically remains a profound pleasure.