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jmilano
Nov-02-2005, 11:19pm
I thought you all might like to see photos of the new Selmer style octive that Fletcher made for Bryce. This is a new prototype and it sounds great and got great reviews at IBMA.

jmilano
Nov-02-2005, 11:40pm
Here's a detail shot

jmilano
Nov-02-2005, 11:48pm
Andy Leftwich played it and loved it! I think you'll be getting a call Fletcher.

Chris Baird
Nov-02-2005, 11:49pm
Very nice! I love it. I've been meaning to build myself something like that for sometime now. What woods? What strings?

jmilano
Nov-02-2005, 11:50pm
Wrong photo before, here's the one.

jmilano
Nov-02-2005, 11:55pm
Fletcher would know all the details, but I believe it's laminated indian rosewood back and sides and argentine gypsy jazz strings.

Chris Baird
Nov-03-2005, 1:13am
A lot of the old selmers were laminated walnut with French spruce tops. Thanks for the pics.

grandmainger
Nov-03-2005, 5:34am
Very nice! I love it. I've been meaning to build myself something like that for sometime now. What woods? What strings?
Chris,
My luthiery teacher is a specialist of these guitars (Godefroy Maruejouls (http://www.godefroyguitars.com/en/selmermaccaferri.html)). He is also a good friend. PM me if you want his contact details of if I can ask any questions on your behalf.
Cheers

Nice instrument BTW! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Germain

Jim Garber
Nov-03-2005, 8:56am
My friend Joel Eckhaus of Earnest Instruments (http://www.earnestinstruments.com/selma.html) built me a Selmer-style tenor guitar last year. The one showing the koa back on that page is mine. Bryce played mine for a little bit at CMSA last year.

Interesting that Fletcher made a single strung octave. Any particular reason to avoid the double strung?

I was considering restringing my tenor as an octave.

Jim

Rich Michaud
Nov-03-2005, 6:41pm
Hey Bryce,
Its good to see you in "mandoland" and on this website. I asssume that you will be at Joe Val again in Feb 2006? Please bring your octave. I will be happy to share with you my Sobell octave (8 strings). Michael Lewis is building an octave for me (I believe in 2006) and I would welcome the opportunity to take a look at yours. Hope to see you at Val..
Your friend,
Rich Michaud

jmilano
Nov-05-2005, 5:24pm
Hi Richard,

Great to hear from you. What's new in your mando colleciton these days?

I'm not sure if I will be able to get Bryce to Joe Val this year. We are working on getting him out to the West coast this year to Supergrass. It sounds like that is where the mandolins will be gathering in Feb. If that doesn't happen Joe Val is still possible, it's a lot closer.

Take care,
Joseph

jmilano
Nov-05-2005, 5:36pm
By the way Chris,

Fletcher used Englemann for the top on this one, but he's considering Sitka on the next one. He said he has some killer bear claw that he wants to use on it.

And to Jim,

On the single string question. Bryce wanted to be able to bend the strings and work on the gypsy rest stroke which would be difficult with the double strings. He has an old tenor guitar from the 1930's we purchased from Peter MIx at CMSA last year. He loves it and it sound really great but he has that tuned as an octave as well. Peter felt and Bryce agreed that it sounds better as an octave.

Dale Ludewig
Nov-05-2005, 7:39pm
Hey Joe- I haven't had a chance to say this since I got back from Nashville, but it was a pleasure meeting you and Bryce.

Dale

Jim Garber
Nov-05-2005, 8:12pm
He has an old tenor guitar from the 1930's we purchased from Peter MIx at CMSA last year. #He loves it and it sound really great but he has that tuned as an octave as well. Peter felt and Bryce agreed that it sounds better as an octave.
Just curious. What gauge strings does he have on the octave? Is it just custom gauge or is there a set available. I bought the D'Addario Irish Tenor Banjo strings (http://www.juststrings.com/dad-j63i.html) to try out on my tenor but haven't gotten around to trying them yet.

Jim

jmilano
Nov-06-2005, 3:37am
Hey Dale,

Pleasure meeting you also. Sorry we didn't get by until so late, I think Bryce and I averaged between 5:00 and 5:30 every night. I was fried for a few days when we got home. Oh well, it's only once a year.

Hey Jim,

I'll check with Bryce to see where we got them but I know we put D'Addario guitar strings on the tenor. Guages 45, 34, 24, & 14, we had to buy singles. I don't think we could find a set. I believe it has a 23 - 1/4" scale length if that helps.

Best,
Joseph

Mandobar
Nov-07-2005, 8:35am
david hodson (djangolin) has made these for years.

Paul Hostetter
Nov-07-2005, 7:53pm
A lot of the old selmers were laminated walnut with French spruce tops.

Selmer never used walnut, laminated or otherwise, for bodies. They did use it for most of their early necks.

Antlurz
Nov-07-2005, 8:19pm
In the closeup of the cutaway, the binding actually appears to me to stand above the soundboard face, and curve back down to it. Is that just on optical illusion, or is there actually a bit of a ridge there? If not, what is going on there with the binding, and what is it?

Beautiful instrument!

Ron

jmilano
Nov-07-2005, 10:37pm
Hi Ron,

I'd say it's an optical illusion. On the soundboard face it has a black then wood then black and another wood binding detail . Fletcher really did a beautiful job. If you can zoom in on it you should be able to see it. If not I'll try to post a better detail photo sometime.

Best,
Joseph