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    Stay tuned The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-6ea7b3ae-b38c-4f8f-8dcf-df727043864a-jpg

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    Stunning wood!

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    this is gonna be a fun thread!!

    congrats

    cheers

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    Will be interested in seeing how long it takes to finish the guitar. In Barker and Hollenbeck's shop about the fastest they could knock a guitar out was 10 weeks. Much of the time was drying of the finish before the buffing. In reality mostly it took about 3-4 months done in batches of 5 guitars. ]

    That is great looking wood Vinny. How did you work out the royalties on other request for this guitar? I am not sure what Johnny Smith got for his and did Wes actually ever get anything at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deacon Mark
    Will be interested in seeing how long it takes to finish the guitar. In Barker and Hollenbeck's shop about the fastest they could knock a guitar out was 10 weeks. Much of the time was drying of the finish before the buffing. In reality mostly it took about 3-4 months done in batches of 5 guitars. ]

    That is great looking wood Vinny. How did you work out the royalties on other request for this guitar? I am not sure what Johnny Smith got for his and did Wes actually ever get anything at all.
    I do believe that the Montgomery family has received some royalties from Gibson.

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    Stay healthy Mr.Campellone ! Gibson is too busy making purple Les Pauls these days.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Stay healthy Mr.Campellone ! Gibson is too busy making purple Les Pauls these days.....
    And thank the Lord you and some others are keeping him gainfully employed!

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    Mark Campellone does batches of 6 every 4-5 months. He is my age 65. I know he is probably wanting to slow down but with Gibson out of the archtop game I suspect he will be a very busy beaver.
    He is a machine. His train is always running on time. He told me 4 months for my Special and 4 months it was.
    Very humble man. Never advertises or goes to NAMM. Just builds great archtops. Word of mouth. Steve QAman told me I must own one and now I say the same. Campy’s are L5’s on steroids.

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    As I’ve said in the past . For those who desire that post war Gibson vibe - a Campellone will satisfy that urge better than any boutique builder- .....it’s what he does.

    It’s just a stress free build. The quality is consistently fantastic - and he has many happy customers.
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    You really couldn’t ask for a better experience than what you get when dealing with Mark.
    He is an understated pro, sick talented who is an absolute gentleman.
    I’ve been a Gibson fan my whole life and I won’t abandon them, but I feel like they abandoned me.
    Now, I can’t wait to get my hands on my very own Campellone. That’s the apple of my eye now.
    Vin if it wasn’t for you praising the man and his work, I wouldn’t have switched over. Mikey if you didn’t let me demo your Standard I never would have known first hand how superb the guitars are.
    It just all clicked into place 5 minutes after I setup Mikes guitar and played it.
    Vinny, that is an incredible piece of wood. And it’s in the hands of a gem of A guy, who knows what to do with it.
    Ohhh the good life..
    JD

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    Amazing figuring.

    I’m excited to have a build in this batch as well - a 16”x3” Standard, tapered headstock, with a P90.

    Kind of a smaller, early 50’s L5.

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    IMO....The Cameo is equal to a Citation or Unity at the price of a new L5.
    If I was 10 years younger......not to mention the wife’s cast iron frying pan...

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    Just look at the back of the headstock.
    If you can coax your eyes away from the insane quilt in the maple back.
    Incredible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
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    Vinny, I've seen a lot of wood in my time. That set takes the cake. Remarkable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74
    Vinny, I've seen a lot of wood in my time. That set takes the cake. Remarkable!
    Quite!

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    Nice. I think I’m going for a second Campellone soon. Probably will go for a 17” as my 18” Special is a bit of a beast. Is the V1K going to be a non cutaway guitar? The back wood looks very nice. Here is my 1998 18” Special photos from shop I bought it from as I don’t have any I took myself on my device.

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    Dude that is a beast !!!
    same pickguard material As my 18
    really excellent.

    they’re wonderful

    holy mackerel boys what did my iPhone do
    Amin, please assist !!

    Quote Originally Posted by Brion
    Nice. I think I’m going for a second Campellone soon. Probably will go for a 17” as my 18” Special is a bit of a beast. Is the V1K going to be a non cutaway guitar? The back wood looks very nice. Here is my 1998 18” Special photos from shop I bought it from as I don’t have any I took myself on my device.

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    ADMIN, PLEASE DELETE MY LAST POST. MY IPHONE IS SO TOUCH SENSITIVE AS I SCROLL IT PUCK STAT PHOTO I TOUCH TO KEEP SCROLLING, EVEN SFTER I DESELECTED THEM IT PODTS THEM BELOW

    GRRRRRR

    Ok, no more all caps.
    no disrespect to brother Vinnys thread meant

    big

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    Vinny, I wanted to yell, "Nice backside you got there!" But I know I will get into a lot of trouble with the women and some men in my vicinity.

    That is a very nice backside, Vinny. Hauling a lot of maple ass.

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    that is some badass wood


    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwocky
    Vinny, I wanted to yell, "Nice backside you got there!" But I know I will get into a lot of trouble with the women and some men in my vicinity.

    That is a very nice backside, Vinny. Hauling a lot of maple ass.

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    Very Exciting Vin.

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    I am the opposite of most. Most like the airey sound of wide grain spruce. I like tight grain. A more compressed sound.
    This is basically a Standard with upgrades. Mark is doing me a solid.
    This will be a fun build and at my age my last. My sunset guitar and most likely the most cherished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74
    Vinny, I've seen a lot of wood in my time. That set takes the cake. Remarkable!
    Awesome figuring!

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    my new Holst which I talked to Steve about in June was supposed to be my last guitar buy, until the BigRed Special won my heart. I gotta admit I think the Campellones are MustBuy Values, like discovering a lost stash of fine older Cuban cigars - if your pocketbook can afford it, you’d be crazy not to spring for it, you’ll regret passing on. Yours will be quite nice Vinny. Let’s see if I can post this recent pic from Steve, the spruce is very old growth from Alaska.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    I am the opposite of most. Most like the airey sound of wide grain spruce. I like tight grain. A more compressed sound.
    This is basically a Standard with upgrades. Mark is doing me a solid.
    This will be a fun build and at my age my last. My sunset guitar and most likely the most cherished.
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    nothing beats a straight tight grain spruce...it reveals the healthiness of the tree, and the perfect quality of wood that came from it...a beauty ^

    not surprised! campellone!


    cheers
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    Machine cutting the back. Mark says quilt is extremely hard to machine cut. It gets so hot that it burns from the process. Easily sanded off though.The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-35cc1142-29d0-4d39-a7f5-2161000de9b3-jpgThe new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-7b357fa0-c58e-461c-971a-a39672c529dd-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    I am the opposite of most. Most like the airey sound of wide grain spruce. I like tight grain. A more compressed sound.
    This is basically a Standard with upgrades. Mark is doing me a solid.
    This will be a fun build and at my age my last. My sunset guitar and most likely the most cherished.
    I’m with you on that, Vinny. I’m also a sucker for the “silk” (my term. I don’t know what else to call it) that runs across the grain on a nice spruce top. That one has it in spades.

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    Medullary rays

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMikeinNJ
    my new Holst which I talked to Steve about in June was supposed to be my last guitar buy, until the BigRed Special won my heart. I gotta admit I think the Campellones are MustBuy Values, like discovering a lost stash of fine older Cuban cigars - if your pocketbook can afford it, you’d be crazy not to spring for it, you’ll regret passing on. Yours will be quite nice Vinny. Let’s see if I can post this recent pic from Steve, the spruce is very old growth from Alaska.
    It's a Holst / Campellone party thread. I like it! Three-piece rims, and beautifully done. Has anyone ever done that before on a real jazz box?

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    Holst has, the billet was too short to do the standard two piece, if you spend time on his Facebook page he’s got a couple photographs of examples, killer versions where in one he uses tortoiseshell like binding. It’s amazing. Vinny and I have been back and forth texting during his and my Holst builds. My build is suddenly springing up like a madman. Holst gets quite excited to see them get to this point, rightfully so. Vinnys guitar is a stunner. His Campy will be Divine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammertone
    It's a Holst / Campellone party thread. I like it! Three-piece rims, and beautifully done. Has anyone ever done that before on a real jazz box?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Mark Campellone does batches of 6 every 4-5 months. He is my age 65. I know he is probably wanting to slow down but with Gibson out of the archtop game I suspect he will be a very busy beaver.
    He is a machine. His train is always running on time. He told me 4 months for my Special and 4 months it was.
    Very humble man. Never advertises or goes to NAMM. Just builds great archtops. Word of mouth. Steve QAman told me I must own one and now I say the same. Campy’s are L5’s on steroids.
    Wow, I'm a little nervous that buddy Vinny's post puts me on too high a pedestal (lol) - I am pretty conscientious about keeping deliveries on time, but we all know life can get in the way now and then : ) And I do advertise - been running ads in selected guitar mag's since I started building archtops - it's a good investment in terms of establishing credibility.

    As for doing shows - true, I never exhibited my archtops at NAMM - didn't seem an appropriate venue for what I do - but I did pay my dues doing LOTS of guitar shows when I was starting out - most notably, the Long Island Guitar show, which ran for 13 years - and I was there every year! That show pretty much got my career off the ground (buddy Steve L can tell you all about that!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark M.
    I’m with you on that, Vinny. I’m also a sucker for the “silk” (my term. I don’t know what else to call it) that runs across the grain on a nice spruce top. That one has it in spades.
    Actually, "silk" or "silking" is the correct common language term for this lovely shimmering cross grain effect found in spruce - it's created by the tree's "medullary rays" - cell structures which radiate from the tree's center to its outer surface -

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    Mark, All the credibility you need is right there in the guitars you build.
    It’s rare to have a legendary builder come on with us.
    You are, incredible.
    I can’t wait... I will wait.. but I can’t wait..
    I have to take my pill now..
    JD

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    So I'm a Big Sucker for a very Pretty Girl just like the rest of you. But as Mark Campellone once told me it doesn't translate to a better sounding instrument.
    That aside please continue with the Wood Porn show,lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Machine cutting the back. Mark says quilt is extremely hard to machine cut. It gets so hot that it burns from the process. Easily sanded off though.The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-35cc1142-29d0-4d39-a7f5-2161000de9b3-jpgThe new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-7b357fa0-c58e-461c-971a-a39672c529dd-jpg
    additional note - on quilted maple, the grain changes direction on each "bubble" of figure - on the areas where the grain runs in the same direction as the cut, the cutter teeth tend to "rub" the wood rather than cutting into it - with a relatively high cutter speed, this rubbing can generate enough heat to burn the surface - wouldn't burn as much if my cutter were freshly sharpened - but in general, figured maples are tough on machine cutters.

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    While grain compression and medullary rays came up, and while we are waiting for further build updates, by coincidence I was researching opinions on tight vs wide grain. I had been told consistently for many years that slow growth spruce with tight grain captures the tonal spectrum better because of the density.

    I was surprised to learn from well seasoned luthiers all sorts of conflicting opinions on grain density. I note though that my instruments tend to have a tighter grain toward the midline with more of a flair toward the edges. It seems like that's the tradition with the 17th and 18th century violins and violas.

    Here are a couple of brief descriptions of wood choosings.

    Stradivarius trees: Searching for perfect musical wood - BBC News

    https://stringsmagazine.com/with-the...-violin-maker/

    I recently saw this documentary below on Netflix. It's very interesting and a lot of fun. It is a must see for those who play stringed instruments.

    https://www.netflix.com/watch/801346...041ff0f3%2C%2C

    Here's a teaser of it.


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    Great stuff MG.
    JD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Grass
    While grain compression and medullary rays came up, and while we are waiting for further build updates, by coincidence I was researching opinions on tight vs wide grain. I had been told consistently for many years that slow growth spruce with tight grain captures the tonal spectrum better because of the density.

    I was surprised to learn from well seasoned luthiers all sorts of conflicting opinions on grain density. I note though that my instruments tend to have a tighter grain toward the midline with more of a flair toward the edges. It seems like that's the tradition with the 17th and 18th century violins and violas.

    Here are a couple of brief descriptions of wood choosings.

    Stradivarius trees: Searching for perfect musical wood - BBC News

    https://stringsmagazine.com/with-the...-violin-maker/

    I recently saw this documentary below on Netflix. It's very interesting and a lot of fun. It is a must see for those who play stringed instruments.

    https://www.netflix.com/watch/801346...041ff0f3%2C%2C

    Here's a teaser of it.

    True - when it comes to spruce, very close hard winter growth grain lines do not necessarily mean greater stiffness - I had one piece of Sitka Spruce with hard grain lines so close together you could barely discern them, and it yielded a top plate that was as flexible as wet cardboard : )

    It's important, too, to distinguish between "stiffness" and "density" - high density will usually make wood stiffer, but it also means more mass and more weight, usually translating into more midrange resonance. On the other hand, a piece of wood can be lighter in weight (low density) and still possess good stiffness - this "stiffness to weight" ratio is a better measure than grain tightness when judging the acoustic tonal quality of spruce top wood - a very light, very stiff piece of spruce is the ideal for acoustic guitars, regardless of grain spacing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-564f95e9-1f65-4628-8a24-99cc7b86c75f-jpegThe new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-35c94ac8-9b2e-4e33-8716-d051d989a9be-jpeg
    Oooh! That looks sooooo noice! Ever since I saw a Super 400 a few years ago, I've been intrigued by 18 inch archtops, but they're pretty rare, and expensive to boot!

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    Pretty cool having Mark Campellone and Matt Cushman here. Knowledge we would never know. Though they have no stars on the Walk of Fame like Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable they are certainly stars around here. Thank you Gentlemen. Though the love of archtops in the world is very small it is a huge passion. Frankly if all there was, were Strats and flattops I would still be playing the clarinet.
    I tell this story all the time. The 1st time I heard a archtop was in 1973. George Benson’s White Rabbit album. I immediately traded my Les Paul for a 345 and started saving for a archtop. My 1st archtop was a new Byrdland. A 13 month wait for it. $1200 brand new.The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-99c40635-ac98-44ad-a297-50c349227d28-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by jads57
    So I'm a Big Sucker for a very Pretty Girl just like the rest of you. But as Mark Campellone once told me it doesn't translate to a better sounding instrument.
    That aside please continue with the Wood Porn show,lol!
    Jimmy D’Aquisto was adamant to me that plain maple sounded better than highly flamed but his customers insisted on Bengal Tigers. There are 2 bigs pleasures with archtops. Visual and sound. Working art pieces. Even a person that knows nothing about guitars will need to stare at a beautiful archtop for a while.

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    Is that Robert Redford in the picture?
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    Put a D in front of the Redford Bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Pretty cool having Mark Campellone and Matt Cushman here. Knowledge we would never know. Though they have no stars on the Walk of Fame like Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable they are certainly stars around here. Thank you Gentlemen. Though the love of archtops in the world is very small it is a huge passion. Frankly if all there was, were Strats and flattops I would still be playing the clarinet.
    I tell this story all the time. The 1st time I heard a archtop was in 1973. George Benson’s White Rabbit album. I immediately traded my Les Paul for a 345 and started saving for a archtop. My 1st archtop was a new Byrdland. A 13 month wait for it. $1200 brand new.The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-99c40635-ac98-44ad-a297-50c349227d28-jpg
    You look like my half brother David, who was from Livermore, CA, and tall and thin in the early 70's. He passed away last year at age 65 following a post op infection developed after a hernia operation!

    Imagine that, saving for months to purchase a new Gibson Byrdland for $1200. Shaking my head.

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    Very sorry about your brother Greg. Back then my rent was $125.00 a month too.
    Now here in the Bay Area a 1 bedroom apartment goes for around $3K + a month.

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    Hi Greg,
    Can I echo Vinny's sentiments ,that I too am very sad to
    hear of your brother passing away last year, age 65 is
    way too young , I hope that you are keeping well, we
    have not communicated recently, i regret to confess.

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    2B,
    Sorry about your bro, bro.
    Nice see you posting again. Don’t be scarce. You are a fixture up in here..
    Joe D

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    Top and back carved.The new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-94759068-1bb4-4f60-a126-ae6a0938e160-jpgThe new CAMPELLONE V1K model begins-8f5bcc1c-c53f-44c1-8705-2e84662b8461-jpg