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  1. #26

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    Vinny

    those pieces of wood are really gonna pop once he puts the stain on them

    I called Mark and we talked about Citation’s being his inspiration for cameos, and he rxplained to me that this Cameo will have double floating pick ups on a fairly normal size Pickguard , with a master volume, a master tone, and some kind of a slider switch

    I really liked hearing that because I’m a double pick up floating pick up guy having owned so many GB models

    BigMike

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  3. #27

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    I am on Mark’s waiting list for one. I think 2 more years. I already have 3 Campellone guitars so I am already basically set. We shall see. At my age buying green bananas is a slight risk.
    Better get moving. I think 5 is the magic number.

    Tony

  4. #28
    It is going to be Blueburst. Scott Chinery will be smiling down from Heaven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    It is going to be Blueburst. Scott Chinery will be smiling down from Heaven.
    Like this?

    Last edited by Gitfiddler; 10-27-2022 at 12:34 AM.

  6. #30
    Rims complete…..Beautiful

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  7. #31
    We now have a jazz box

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  8. #32
    Ready for the multi ply binding

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    I would like to know how he cuts his dovetail and attaches the neck. That is tricky no matter how you go about it.

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    My guess is that:
    -the stub is there to temporarily protect the heel cap wood extending from the back plate;
    -the stub will disappear, and the neck will have the same dovetail joint as other Campellones, requiring alteration to the top part of his dovetail cutting jig;
    -the notch at the base of the heel will require a bit more handwork;
    -the miracle of woodworking skill will apply to alignment and fit.
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    Last edited by Hammertone; 11-11-2022 at 03:45 AM.

  11. #35
    It is amazing how efficient and down to a exact science Mark’s builds are.
    A one man show that can knock out 15-18 guitars a year.

    I believe he wanted to go down to 15 but demand has him back at 18. No rest for the weary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammertone
    My guess is that:
    -the stub is there to temporarily protect the heel cap wood extending from the back plate;
    -the stub will disappear, and the neck will have the same dovetail joint as other Campellones, requiring alteration to the top part of his dovetail cutting jig;
    -the notch at the base of the heel will require a bit more handwork;
    -the miracle of woodworking skill will apply to alignment and fit.
    Right - the Cameo neck/body joint will be my usual dovetail type. The top part of my dovetail cutting jig is the template for the cut - the Cameo's heel cap hump won't allow the body to fit in the jig as it normally would, so I've had to make a new template which is altered to accommodate the heel cap hump - upcoming pics will illustrate.

  13. #37
    Saweeeeet hump !

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  14. #38
    Carving the recurve.

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  15. #39
    Completed body. On to the neck

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    As you can see I am relatively new to this forum, even though I have been on other music forums for 20+ years. Having done some searches I have come to realise that this is only one of a number of builds that Mark has kindly shared stage by stage with the forum, and it is clear that both Mark and his instruments are hugely respected. I had intended to just lurk on this thread and let Vinny work his magic but I now feel people might also like to know the story behind the particular Cameo.


    I can’t recall the exact process of identifying a Campellone as a future acquisition but can say that I have followed the market for a long time. I still have my 60’s Gibson brochures, including for the Citation, and a number of relevant books - including The Chinery Collection. In 2020 I considered getting an L5 or similar. That Christmas both of my parents became hospitalised and while recovering in separate hospitals they caught Covid. Short story, I lost them both within 2 weeks. They never saw or spoke to each other again after going into hospital and among the horrors of that period was me only being allowed into a Covid ridden hospital to break the news to my mother about my father.


    Still raw from our family experience I contacted Mark about a possible build a little unsure of my requirements other than that this instrument should not only mark the losses sustained by my family but should also try to be a reminder to future generations of the widespread horror. I quickly realised and fully understood that Mark had, as much as possible, standardised his models so it probably took 10 seconds to decide on a Cameo and in subsequent conversations we agreed on a few options to make this Cameo both a family reminder and something a little different. Essentially these consisted of a two pickup arrangement and a tailpiece plaque with some statement of remembrance. I did ask about the Citation style heel but Mark explained that his tooling didn’t allow for it and that I could ask nearer the time but he didn’t really want to deviate from his processes.


    Although I then went into the waiting list, communicating with Mark has been an absolute joy - sometimes purely discussing guitars in general. Nevertheless things had gone quiet when I got the news that a few people had deferred their builds and would I like to move into the next batch. That decision was instant so thanks to you guys who have decided to wait. Your slot went to a very good cause!


    As great as it has been dealing with mark up to the build I can say that dealing with him during the build is truly magical and I will actually be quite sad when it is all done (and thrilled to have the instrument of course). As you can see, to shut me up Mark is entertaining my lust for a bound heel - and what a spectacular piece of work it is. Of course now that I have seen his template I understand what a departure it is. Someone in another thread referred to mark as a saint and I have done the same in one of our emails. He sure is!


    Things have moved on a little and I have decided to name the guitar, with Mark honouring my parents in a personalised label under the treble F hole. Pic to follow. I am now with the rest of you in waiting and watching. I have asked Mark for a more faded, vintage Blueburst and being the star that he is he is going to attempt to do something. I am sure whatever he does will be absolutely great. To a degree this is like awaiting the birth of a child and to me, for the above reasons and with a few detail embellishments, this will be a very special instrument, even for a Cameo.
    Last edited by Rograt; 11-20-2022 at 04:17 AM.

  17. #41

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Carving the recurve.

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    To perfection.

  18. #42

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    A NEW Campellone Cameo begins-f742e88f-d3bf-44b4-af2d-77dea95e1c2a-jpeg
    As mentioned above.

  19. #43
    Quote Originally Posted by Rograt
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    As mentioned above.
    Beautiful ! I recently lost my Mom too. I named the S400 I just got Millie after her in loving memory of the best Mom ever.

  20. #44

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    Rograt,
    That was a sad story. I’m really sorry about the loss of your parents. Nothing will ever replace them. But having the ultimate guitar made in honor of your folks is a beautiful thing.
    Enjoy the process.
    Mark really is a Saint.
    Joe D

  21. #45
    The start of a awesome neck

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  22. #46

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    OK time for a bit of humour. My wife and I have joked about our parents being birds in their afterlife, and my parents being a pair of Wood Pigeons on account of always doing everything together. In the last week when we open the back door a pair have been right in front of us on the fence!

    Now they’ll be looking at me every time I play!

  23. #47
    Binding the neck

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    I remember my first night here in the condo after my mother died I saw photographs of the unity angel

    my mothers maiden name was Angell with two LLs
    The headstock has an overlay with an Angel playing a harp, and it really made me want the guitar

    And I truly love it for many reasons

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    Last edited by Crm114; 12-01-2022 at 08:32 PM.

  25. #49

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    Mikey,
    Patrick is so happy someone appreciates that guitar as much as he did.
    And.. he was always lucky to have someone still here who took care of his family like you did. You will meet up with him in another 20-30 years and he will tell you how much he loved and appreciated what you did.
    You are a good dude Mikey.
    Just like Vinny.
    Never forgotten.
    Joe D

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    Mark, thanks for sharing these. I’ve seen the before and after pics before and these in progress pics give us a great insight into the amount of work involved and the accuracy required.

    Mikey, that’s a great headstock as well as serious fretboard binding. When I did my first post above I was a little concerned at taking the focus off this great build but it’s a beautiful thing that so many of us want to celebrate lives. I enjoyed reading of your connection with that instrument.