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    Beautiful wood. I have had a "Special" for 10+ years. Love it. It's antique blond with flame maple back and rims. Mark was great to work with and sent me progress pictures as it was built. I drove to RI to get it. I was delighted to finally play it and it has been a joy since then.

    I am working with Mark on a Cameo. We settled on the specs today! The back and rims will be quilted maple this time.

    I'll post the progress. It's scheduled to start sometime in June. Can't wait.

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    Congrats Don ! I talked to Mark today and told me about the up and coming Cameo.
    How exciting. Can’t wait to see it and drool.

  4. #153

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    Speaking of Dagmar, no connection, but these are so over-the-top in every way, and a powerful object lesson in why one should buy a Campellone.
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  5. #154

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    V1K model = a mixture of a Standard, Deluxe, and a Special with special diamond fretboard inlays ( Mark’s idea ).
    17x3x25x1-11/16. Built in humbucker. Thick top. Blonde.
    Vinny, you've got me wondering about the thickness of the top, that was partially answered my Mark already, but... The question is...
    Wont you prefer a lighter top for acoustic sound? Will a thicker top be responsive enough to justify using a Carved Solid Wood?
    After comparing my Light top carved srpuce and maple L-5 specs Mr.Wu guitar and a real Gibson L-5 Wesmo (same pickups but much more thicker top and heavy guitar), both with the same amp in the same room i can say that: the thicker top was way more responsive (amplified) and the sound was far more fat and the dynamic range was greater in the
    Same pickup, 0.12 strings, tuneomatic, same everything.
    The acoustic sound probably was better in my Mr.Wu guitar. But the amplified sound not.
    Good luck with your new build.

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    Exactly. I really don’t like a lively bright acoustic tone. I always play amplified. I own no acoustic guitars. Just hollow electrics. I love a darker tone. Thin tops take away some mid woody tone and really affects the bottom end. I like subdued highs, full mids, and thick huge bass. This is a big reason I like the modern L5 with there thick tops.

    What I like about my Special is it has all that just way more defined.
    Also even with the thick top and humbucker it is extremely loud unplugged even with flat wounds. It is very loud unplugged but not over bright. My L5’s unplugged don’t have a lot of volume.
    Somehow Mark figured out how to build the better mousetrap L5 wise.
    Last edited by vinnyv1k; 02-22-2020 at 01:40 PM.

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    Body complete. Top carved just like I wanted....thick. The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-f4b458a7-2e79-4c0c-91bf-62abad07c63f-jpgThe new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-d2210af7-d474-4b06-86cf-50bd9ba08b83-jpg

  8. #157

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Exactly. I really don’t like a lively bright acoustic tone. I always play amplified. I own no acoustic guitars. Just hollow electrics. I love a darker tone. Thin tops take away some mid woody tone and really affects the bottom end. I like subdued highs, full mids, and thick huge bass. This is a big reason I like the modern L5 with there thick tops.

    What I like about my Special is it has all that just way more defined.
    Also even with the thick top and humbucker it is extremely loud unplugged even with flat wounds. It is very loud unplugged but not over bright. My L5’s unplugged don’t have a lot of volume.
    Somehow Mark figured out how to build the better mousetrap L5 wise.
    You and me both brother. I always get a little riled up when someone implies that the acoustic sound is "the" real test of a guitar, or that the amplified sound needs to convey the acoustic properties (by which they mean 'unamplified' properties). I love that fat electric sound with all the complexity the the hollow body imparts. I suspect your Campy is exactly the guitar I would love to play.

    BTW I am still just loving the Princeton Reverb Reissue from Sweetwater you recommended. Wow, what a sweet sounding amp.

  9. #158

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    To me, there is nothing like the sound of a guitar with the right mix of thick electric tone (picked close to the neck) AND acoustic bliss blended together, entering your ears at the same time.
    Big Mike’s Standard had that. And a certain Ribbecke Halfling that I played one time had it too.
    To some extent, the Solid Formed had that magical mix too.

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    to me acoustic tone is huge factor...even on solidbodies...electronics can be changed out...but a dead acoustic tone can never be overcome...maybe for a very specific playing style...but for a generally great sounding guitar, its acoustic tone is essential...the electronics just magnify or add to that

    like guys that stuff their archtops with insulating materials..through the f holes...because the guitar feeds back..well, your playing the wrong guitar for your needs..its not the guitar...its you!!

    as i writ in recent post, readjust yourself before readjusting the guitar

    ex- many young players were blown away by buddy holly when he first came on the scene...his strats sound..well it was because he was not only being mic'd from the amp (if at all), but also the acoustic resonance of the strat was comin through his vocal mic as well...made for a huge sound!!! far more than just a mic'd amp

    if i pick up a strat and it doesnt sound good acoustically, i know i have my work cut out for me!

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don6200
    Beautiful wood. I have had a "Special" for 10+ years. Love it. It's antique blond with flame maple back and rims. Mark was great to work with and sent me progress pictures as it was built. I drove to RI to get it. I was delighted to finally play it and it has been a joy since then.

    I am working with Mark on a Cameo. We settled on the specs today! The back and rims will be quilted maple this time.

    I'll post the progress. It's scheduled to start sometime in June. Can't wait.
    Hi Don, that's a good recommendation, having a Special for 10years and now ordering a Cameo !
    i have a DeLuxe on order also scheduled for a start in June, we will all look forward to seeing the
    progress on the Cameo, the " ultimate" Archtop, I will be patient waiting for the Deluxe, Mark is
    a very pleasant and helpful man to deal with, little wonder he is popular with our fraternity
    Good luck with the Cameo.

  12. #161
    Quote Originally Posted by silverfoxx
    Hi Don, that's a good recommendation, having a Special for 10years and now ordering a Cameo !
    i have a DeLuxe on order also scheduled for a start in June, we will all look forward to seeing the
    progress on the Cameo, the " ultimate" Archtop, I will be patient waiting for the Deluxe, Mark is
    a very pleasant and helpful man to deal with, little wonder he is popular with our fraternity
    Good luck with the Cameo.
    You both will be in the same batch so the sawdust from both will intermingle making both guitars extra special. Congrats !

  13. #162

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    You'll be not Blood Brothers but Wood Brothers.

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    Body routed for binding. The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-baf01cd4-5c68-4269-9540-12de6dadc598-jpg

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    Look at how nice and clear that spruce is. Vinny a happy boy.

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    Vinny- the word clean is synonymous with everything going into - and coming out of Marks shop. I doubt you’ll find any raw wood with dirt on it. I’m still waiting to see sawdust ....on something.

  17. #166
    Quote Originally Posted by QAman
    Vinny- the word clean is synonymous with everything going into - and coming out of Marks shop. I doubt you’ll find any raw wood with dirt on it. I’m still waiting to see sawdust ....on something.
    Like I said before his shop is cleaner than a surgery room in a hospital. I thought I saw sawdust on the floor once but Mark was quick to correct me that it was chipped floor paint not sawdust.

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    Body is completed The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-d4650214-410c-4179-a724-b8666e4b7466-jpgThe new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-7bf65614-7bcf-45e6-a7d7-c83406b90614-jpgThe new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-49e6c304-c0af-428c-95f1-ef1ad12b7661-jpg

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    OH Wow.. That is nice. I cant wait to see it with a finish on it, its gonna look even better.
    And I wouldnt be a bit surprised if Mark didn't stay up all night repainting the floor after you pointed out the imperfection that you thought was dust..
    JD

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    3 inch body depth is so comfortable for me. I get shoulder pain at times with 3-3/8. It amazes me that 3/8 of a inch makes such a difference in comfort. Johnny Smith and Tal Farlow were on to something with the 3 inch body depth.

  21. #170

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    It looked super figured before carving, now not so much.
    But once that finish is applied, look out, it's gonna ppp-POP!

  22. #171

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    3 inch body depth is so comfortable for me. I get shoulder pain at times with 3-3/8. It amazes me that 3/8 of a inch makes such a difference in comfort. Johnny Smith and Tal Farlow were on to something with the 3 inch body depth.
    Its funny, something along these lines was in the EMail I sent you the other night.
    The Solid Formed is 3-3/8 at the rims. It took me a little while to zero in on it. 3" depth is really just right. Like a glove.
    Vin, I hope this guitar makes you as happy as the Special does. Its beautiful to watch you. Its like you are 11 years old again, getting your 1st bike.
    You deserve it bro. I'm happy for you.
    Joe D

  23. #172

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    Looking great Vinny. I’m sure your pleased with the progress. Marks productivity is just amazing.

  24. #173

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    Vinny,

    I am jealous (not the jazz solo) that your build is ahead of mine. Love the pix you posted. Keep them coming. I ordered my "Special" in 2003 and picked it up from Mark the middle of 2004 (# 3220407). I has a flamed maple back and matching rims and finished antique blond. It is very similar to the first blond guitar in Mark's web page gallery #1501298.

    The specs for the "Cameo" finally gelled well after I ordered it. All the dimensions remain the same as my "Special" but with quilted maple back and rims. I have never been able to get away from the Gibson L-5C dimensions of my first archtop.

    Keep in touch, Don Mills

  25. #174

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Like I said before his shop is cleaner than a surgery room in a hospital. I thought I saw sawdust on the floor once but Mark was quick to correct me that it was chipped floor paint not sawdust.
    Quote Originally Posted by Max405
    ...I wouldnt be a bit surprised if Mark didn't stay up all night repainting the floor after you pointed out the imperfection that you thought was dust.. JD
    Sheesh, here's a picture of sawdust on the shop floor.
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  26. #175

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    Nice Hammer.. You probably just gave Mark a nervous breakdown..

    But you know, the secret to Marks success is sprinkled throughout that picture. I see jig's, everywhere. And even the jigs are exquisitely crafted. Probably why his product is always so precise and consistant.
    JD

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    Fretboard The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-834a592a-4627-45ea-8ac3-61fa8c379dc4-jpg

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    Birds-eye maple neck The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-79c99724-b694-41fc-b4b9-2823395ba639-jpgThe new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-168cb9e5-4133-4f93-a13d-19f4304f90a3-jpgThe new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-9ca434e5-5012-4070-8bd8-5365f7eedf17-jpg

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    what an honor to see a masterpiece unfold before our eyes!...

    mr. C please forward lots of finishing pics!!

    wonderful to see a caretaker of the wood, operating at such a high level...

    i'd love a solid body just made out of his workbench top!!! haha...

    cheers

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    I do believe that L-5 is by far the most beautifully designed guitar in the world. And Mark has taken the design to a higher level.
    Not only they sound even better but they look better, i love his inlay work, tailpiece design and headstock too more than gibson ones.



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    Neck in progress The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-45694df6-9749-4b4e-9452-2d93492e1524-jpg

  32. #181

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    ?Oh heck yeah !!!!!!

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    I really like how Mark incorporates the dual action trussrod into the tongue. On my Special I adjusted the trussrod one time when it was new and the neck never moved again. His fit and finish on things you will never ever see is quite impressive. No kerfed braces on a Campellone. Like it has been said, he took the L5 and built the better mouse trap.

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    Neck progress The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-6e66dd39-8a54-4cfd-941a-3d22c8fbfbb7-jpg

  35. #184

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    I really like how Mark incorporates the dual action trussrod into the tongue. On my Special I adjusted the trussrod one time when it was new and the neck never moved again. His fit and finish on things you will never ever see is quite impressive. No kerfed braces on a Campellone. Like it has been said, he took the L5 and built the better mouse trap.
    vinny, you'll rarely if ever see kerfed braces on a custom made archtop. Gibson archtops in the early 30's tended to be kerfed including the flagship L-5, but haven't been since. your guitar is coming along nicely, something to look forward to in these uncertain times.

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    It is exciting to see this one come together Vinny.
    The inlay design is unique. I like it a lot.
    Joe D

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    I like the new avatar Bro

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    More neck progress The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-c083f055-ec2a-4534-981b-324d15f275f8-jpg

  39. #188

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    Oh yeah!

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    Neck complete The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-386c54bf-c04b-4aa9-bc69-5a562b6b1790-jpg

  41. #190

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    Those birdies are gonna be staring at you while your playing..
    There’s a lot of them in that neck heel.
    Beautiful.

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    I guess this means you won't be needing one of those Tal Farlows.... if you need a place for it to live and be played until you've built the addition on the house for the new arrivals.... let me know! ;-) Seriously, Enjoy. Nothing like playing a guitar you believe is just perfect for you.
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    One of the things that I love about archtop guitars is looking at all those beautiful, smooth, flowing compound curves.

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    Lord have Mercy The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-ab02f3ae-162a-4eaa-9db8-d3e3cbccb8a2-jpgThe new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-518ce9b8-efc3-4ca9-8294-9d3d60158080-jpgThe new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-4a9a001f-329e-40ee-a696-174873752772-jpg

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    whoa dude
    big news day for you what with your Holst arriving today also

  46. #195

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    Yea Baby!

  47. #196

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Neck complete
    What, no single strip of binding on the back of the headstock?

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    Bro, you got a nice clear piece of Spruce.
    The binding in the cutaway gives me, well, ok never mind.. I love it!
    JD

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k

    Oh my!!!

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    Lacquer going on.....The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-8eca22ba-2ab3-4ec8-afc3-4f57f7805e36-jpgThe new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-5d846775-93bb-404d-9828-da1521c1f522-jpgThe new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-8499186e-cf60-4e99-8a81-97c9780fd441-jpg

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    Reaching for my heart medication...wait... I don't take heart medication... reaching for the Kentucky Bourbon...