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  1. #51

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    Quote Originally Posted by floatingpickup
    I think you’re being a little hard on Gibson in the Norlin days.
    Keith, I'm not refering to Gibson and the fine folks working for Gibson, who built the guitars. I'm refering to the owners - the E.C.L. crowd - H. Norton Stevens, and his buddies, along with his HBS buddy
    Arnie (Maurice Berlin's son). Followed by Rooney Pace and Piezo Electric Product, Inc.. Their track records are less than stellar, although some of them have impressive criminal records. I'm speculating that they imposed various conditions, managment directives and so forth on the Gibson company, driven by their financial hijinks. This, no doubt, resulted in some, uh, interesting decisions at Gibson.

    Here's a fun read:
    The day the music died: Rooney, Pace and the hostile takeover of the Norlin Corporation. - Free Online Library

    I like this part:
    "The root cause of the demise of the Norlin Corporation must be sought in the fateful decision made by Norton Stevens and his board of directors to divest the company's operations in Ecuador and to acquire entirely new lines of business in electronics, music, and printing, all areas in which the Norlin executives had no prior experience. The most damaging criticisms of Norlin's management came in regard to the 1969 acquisition of the Musical Instrument Company: it 'immediately filled its management ranks with MBAs who had no previous experience with musical instrument design and manufacture.' "
    Last edited by Hammertone; 08-01-2020 at 03:09 AM.

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  3. #52

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    That certainly was an interesting story and it sounds like there would have been a lot of pressure on the staff to reduce costs and increase profitability. Around the same time, I worked at a company that was going through a very similar situation, which finally ended with a successful hostile takeover and divestiture of almost all of the subsidiaries. It was demotivating to say the least. I imagine that the people who were actually building guitars in Kalamazoo were living with constant worries about their future, while still doing their best and taking pride in their work. And then Henry and David Berryman came along and bought Gibson for a mere $5 Million! The next chapter is a whole other story.
    Keith

  4. #53
    Fretboard.....sweet !The New Campellone Standard Nick build-567e0171-ddb9-40be-abe0-28116914ca13-jpg

  5. #54

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Fretboard.....sweet !The New Campellone Standard Nick build-567e0171-ddb9-40be-abe0-28116914ca13-jpg
    very sweet..

  6. #55
    Neck The New Campellone Standard Nick build-5a38d17d-9a19-4e24-b5cf-d5e90c7a4298-jpg

  7. #56

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Neck The New Campellone Standard Nick build-5a38d17d-9a19-4e24-b5cf-d5e90c7a4298-jpg
    Thank You Vinny,
    I appreciate the update, looking good!

  8. #57

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick71
    Thank You Vinny,
    I appreciate the update, looking good!
    This shot shows the neck blank brought up to the point where the fingerboard and peghead faceplate can be attached - the dovetail has been cut, the peghead ears and fingerboard extension have been added, and the truss rod has been installed -

  9. #58

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCampellone
    This shot shows the neck blank brought up to the point where the fingerboard and peghead faceplate can be attached - the dovetail has been cut, the peghead ears and fingerboard extension have been added, and the truss rod has been installed -
    Thank You Mark C..
    I understand completely because I have been to your website. I got to see all the pictures of your shop and your equipment and I got to see your guitar building process in its stages..

  10. #59
    Neck progress The New Campellone Standard Nick build-7888fcc1-a850-4bff-a107-1cebb0163e1b-jpgThe New Campellone Standard Nick build-45917f95-81ea-4d22-9b9c-f6ed820521b0-jpg

  11. #60
    Completed neck The New Campellone Standard Nick build-fc8a90c8-d911-4149-bdb1-69270d2283d9-jpgThe New Campellone Standard Nick build-7d57004f-94e1-4a83-9637-76443fdb296b-jpg

  12. #61

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    Amazing huh...to observe an artist bring pieces of wood...to life. Beautiful.

  13. #62

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Completed neck The New Campellone Standard Nick build-fc8a90c8-d911-4149-bdb1-69270d2283d9-jpgThe New Campellone Standard Nick build-7d57004f-94e1-4a83-9637-76443fdb296b-jpg
    Vinny thanks for the update.
    That neck looks impressive!!
    What a pleasant experience this build is. Mark C has got his craft and production down to a science and that makes for a no nonsense quality build. Proud to be apart of it!!
    Nick..

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    Ready for some lacquer The New Campellone Standard Nick build-47589e1c-3c4f-4f60-80ab-df39f321cc07-jpgThe New Campellone Standard Nick build-8015a582-291c-4001-89ef-c7fcdfbc8186-jpg

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    gonna be a killer with the lollar p-90!!!....just rollback them knobs! hah

    cheers

  16. #65

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Ready for some lacquer The New Campellone Standard Nick build-47589e1c-3c4f-4f60-80ab-df39f321cc07-jpgThe New Campellone Standard Nick build-8015a582-291c-4001-89ef-c7fcdfbc8186-jpg
    The craftsmanship, the quality control, the attention to detail, the personal touch for each and every order, the on time delivery..
    Mark Campellone is a huge asset to the archtop community..

    Bringing a huge smile to my face visualizing playing..

  17. #66
    Sealer coat and antique stain. The New Campellone Standard Nick build-e126cead-3a32-4016-8090-917cef4870be-jpgThe New Campellone Standard Nick build-70fc2630-0c87-4cde-bb87-12167e1aa75a-jpgThe New Campellone Standard Nick build-6f70a1fb-3f03-42c0-b097-e897d5fad921-jpg

  18. #67

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Sealer coat and antique stain. The New Campellone Standard Nick build-e126cead-3a32-4016-8090-917cef4870be-jpgThe New Campellone Standard Nick build-70fc2630-0c87-4cde-bb87-12167e1aa75a-jpgThe New Campellone Standard Nick build-6f70a1fb-3f03-42c0-b097-e897d5fad921-jpg
    Sweet!!

  19. #68
    Love the maple on this one.

  20. #69

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    As I'd mentioned in a previous post, this hard maple back looked pretty plain with no lacquer on it - but now, with some finish applied, the figure really pops - it also has a beautiful refractive quality, and the figure seems to move as light hits if from different angles.

  21. #70
    Finish going on.....The New Campellone Standard Nick build-98269b21-3d32-4a1f-90b3-dc743157ad08-jpgThe New Campellone Standard Nick build-10b1b030-fb27-47f1-9fcd-53ff4d3e1ec7-jpg

  22. #71

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    Lovely!

  23. #72

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    I thought there was a Cameo coming from this batch. Was I wrong?

  24. #73

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    There is one in this batch..

  25. #74

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k View Post
    Finish going on.....The New Campellone Standard Nick build-98269b21-3d32-4a1f-90b3-dc743157ad08-jpgThe New Campellone Standard Nick build-10b1b030-fb27-47f1-9fcd-53ff4d3e1ec7-jpg
    I am very impressed with the color’s simple elegance..
    It looks like soon to be finished..
    Last edited by Nick71; 09-15-2020 at 07:08 PM.

  26. #75
    Lacquer done The New Campellone Standard Nick build-e61b733b-94dd-456c-a75b-3bdfae45b3b1-jpgThe New Campellone Standard Nick build-844113c8-2ba6-4e72-b2d8-0821a1521b94-jpg

  27. #76

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    Hey man, that Cameo is Chestnut! Well alrighty then! Kudos to the buyer for making the Cameo a burst instead of boring blonde.

  28. #77

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    Hey man, that Cameo is Chestnut! Well alrighty then! Kudos to the buyer for making the Cameo a burst instead of boring blonde.
    I believe it is chestnut throughout, no burst..

  29. #78

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick71
    I believe it is chestnut throughout, no burst..
    That works too. Just give me any color except green.

  30. #79

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick71
    I believe it is chestnut throughout, no burst..
    Right, it's a monochrome finish - looks like chestnut brown in the photo, but it's actually more like a cognac : )

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    Very soon The New Campellone Standard Nick build-5b627a2e-1051-4534-84f4-8fac5ee97ac0-jpgThe New Campellone Standard Nick build-6bc3fd1d-b38e-44b9-8540-d7fba22b1187-jpg

  32. #81

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k View Post
    Very soon The New Campellone Standard Nick build-5b627a2e-1051-4534-84f4-8fac5ee97ac0-jpgThe New Campellone Standard Nick build-6bc3fd1d-b38e-44b9-8540-d7fba22b1187-jpg
    Looks like a dream..

  33. #82
    Completed Masterpiece The New Campellone Standard Nick build-cce3b5d3-5cd5-4e38-b9a5-624e03687e07-jpg

  34. #83

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Completed Masterpiece The New Campellone Standard Nick build-cce3b5d3-5cd5-4e38-b9a5-624e03687e07-jpg
    Thank You Vinny for keeping me in the loop on the build!!
    Thank You Mark Campellone for what looks like a perfect guitar for my likes and needs!!

  35. #84

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    a real beauty..and you know it's gonna sound great!

    kudos all around

    cheers

  36. #85

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Completed Masterpiece The New Campellone Standard Nick build-cce3b5d3-5cd5-4e38-b9a5-624e03687e07-jpg
    WOW! That turned out fantastic. I'll bet the melodies will sing nicely from it also/

  37. #86

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick71
    Thank You Vinny for keeping me in the loop on the build!!
    Thank You Mark Campellone for what looks like a perfect guitar for my likes and needs!!


    Nick, your new guitar is magnificent, and I hope that you have many years of enjoyment playing it.
    the Campellone guitars remind us of the great instruments of yesteryear, although brand new but
    on a par with the best.


    Silverfoxx

  38. #87

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverfoxx
    Nick, your new guitar is magnificent, and I hope that you have many years of enjoyment playing it.
    the Campellone guitars remind us of the great instruments of yesteryear, although brand new but
    on a par with the best.


    Silverfoxx
    Alan,
    Thank You Kindly, and the same to you!
    It was a pleasure to be amongst the likes of all you good fellows during the past few months while following our guitar builds. I agree with you 100% that what we were looking for was a new highly respectable guitar that would represent the master build quality of yesteryear. That would also inspire us to honor the music we love by playing these archtop guitars in their relationship to the past..
    Mission accomplished.. Now back to practice practice practice for the love of jass!!
    Nick

  39. #88

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    Nick71,
    Congrats - the guitar looks beautiful - do enjoy !

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    Campellone posts get a huge amount of views around here.
    Mark Campellone is obviously an "icon" with us archtop lovers here.
    IMO word of mouth is better than a magazine ad.
    Obviously his 1 year wait list now holds some truth to that.
    I love his "outside the box" guitars like Nick's here and my V1K model.
    That blue round hole is pretty cool too. Bravo MC !

  41. #90

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    Arrival
    Unveiling..
    Attachment 76112
    The New Campellone Standard Nick build-aba2ca1c-31a8-459b-b126-184e8a1e5455-jpgThe New Campellone Standard Nick build-14604106-b545-4ead-a2fb-2d5a088a1014-jpg
    Attached Images Attached Images The New Campellone Standard Nick build-a58c96f2-0e78-41b9-a2c6-48a56db04709-jpg 
    Last edited by Nick71; 10-16-2020 at 07:05 PM.

  42. #91

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    hey the eagle has landed...safe and sound...thank heavens

    congrats & enjoy

    it was a great ride/thread

    kudos to mr.campellone, vinny and nick

    cheers

  43. #92

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    Nick71,
    Glad it arrived safely. We are so fortunate to have a luthier like Mark Campellone to recreate these Gibson style treasures.

    Marks entire build process is stress free - right on through to delivery.

    Enjoy the guitar - its a beauty !

  44. #93

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    Congrats Nick !

    Glad it got there ok !

    Now comes the good part !

    Play it in good health for a long time.

    Dennis

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    One word........SWEET

  46. #95

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    The New Campellone Standard Nick build-916e8354-868b-4f48-b286-2500f9419dd2-jpg

    Saturday Jam with the fellas..

  47. #96

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    A truly elegant modern-day classic! Congratulations, and play it in good health!

  48. #97

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    Nick,
    The guitar looks even better in the flesh, it seems everyone is pleased for you,
    Mark's packing looks exemplary., taking care with every detail, I hope that it
    plays well, and you have many years of playing it.
    My own is en route and has arrived here but it will be with Customs for a number
    of days yet, scheduled for delivery 22nd October hopefully , which can't come
    soon enough.


    Kind regards, Alan