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 Post subject: Re: JINGLE-JANGLE FINISHES AN ACOUSTIC
 Post Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:25 pm 
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Well, the "day or two" stretched into a couple of weeks, and my apologies most of all to Richard, who has been waiting patiently.

I had found a defect in the rosewood back, a mineral inclusion, which only showed from one angle (viewed top-down, from headstock end) , but was invisible from either side or the bottom. Even then, it was so subtle that it only became obvious when the final polishing had been completed on the back, it didn't photograph at all well, and only really showed from a distance of a couple of feet, when you could detect a slightly lighter spot about an inch and a half in diameter.

I won't send out an instrument that is not "right", so the only answer was to strip the guitar back to wood, sand out the defect, reseal and revarnish. To top it off, the inclusion was partly under the shading, so the back had to be re-shaded, too.

Then a death in the family added another week to the schedule for this one. But it is finished, will be fine-tuned today, and will go out to Richard today or tomorrow.

The fact that it's a lefty meant special art had to be done for the laser-cut and engraved truss rod cover, a backward pickguard was necessary, the neck was built backward, and a special bridge had also to be fabbed from a chunk of ebony. Lefty acoustic bridges are available commercially, but they don't have the Rick curves that blend with my guard design, and the string spacing is all off.

In these pictures, you might also see the LRBaggs iMix dual-element pickup system's controls and preamp through the soundhole. This setup has a 9V battery inside the guitar's body, and a tail peg output jack. I don't like the commonly-used pickups that use either a gooseneck mike or a big square hole cut into the guitar's side for the controls. This one, except for the jack hole in the tail block, is reversible--it's all held in place with tape and Velcro.

I don't mean to boast when I say that, because of the extra time and care put into this instrument, necessitated by the refinish and the fact that it's a lefty, it is as fllawless as I could have made it. The tone is very nice and typically Rickenbacker acoustic tone. I've given the fretboard a vintage 6" radius, and this, combined with its narrowness compared to any other acoustic I've seen, reinforces the feeling of an electric neck on an acoustic body.

Here are some photos, and for those of you who have never seen a RIC acoustic case, there are a couple of shots of that, too:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C05367.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C05368.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C05382.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C05385.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C05386.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C05389.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C05391.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C05392.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C05393.jpg

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C05395.jpg

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C05397.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v693/ ... C05398.jpg

I usually like to play my finished instruments for at least an hour or two before shipping them out, but this one frustrates me, because though I am left-handed, I play guitar righty. But I did manage an "A" chord for about ten minutes straight!

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 Post subject: Re: JINGLE-JANGLE FINISHES AN ACOUSTIC
 Post Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:48 am 
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Hi JJ,

Wow, that one came out very nicely indeed. I see what you mean about the varnished fretboard. Aside from playability and preservation, it also really brings out the hi-lites in the wood grain.

A masterful job once again Paul!

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 Post subject: Re: JINGLE-JANGLE FINISHES AN ACOUSTIC
 Post Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:52 am 
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P.S.

Wasn't "Horse with No Name" just a one chord song (Em or E7?)? I suspect you can play that whole song using your new lefty style!

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 Post Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 6:26 am 
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Very nice work,Paul...are those full width inlays poured or inlaid?They look nice,either way...


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Absolutely beautiful Paul. You should be exceptionally proud of your creation.


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That's it. I'm gonna teach myself to play lefty.


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I'm speechless!

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Gorgeous! Richard you lucky dog. I'm also lucky dog. Paul will be building me one too.


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But John, you already have a couple.

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WOW!!!

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