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van
Feb-18-2006, 12:25am
I have done allot of experimenting and I think that this style is my favorite and will be the shape of future Dave's to come. This is a 4-string but the next one will be an 8 with F-holes.

van
Feb-18-2006, 12:32am
This is my first attempt at an engraved tailpiece. I made it out of 1/8" aluminum and did the engraving with a dremel, then I took Higgins brown Ink and blotted it on with a paper towel and put a coat of blond shelac on to achieve the vintage rusty look. I used the same process on the tuners.

van
Feb-18-2006, 12:35am
Headstock

van
Feb-18-2006, 12:41am
The neck and back is Douglas Fir. Top and sides are Aspen. Headstock and rosette is Walnut Burl. Purfling is Splattered Cherry Crotch from my farwood pile. Bridge is Western Red Cedar. Fretboard is Eastern Red Cedar.

Chris Burt
Feb-18-2006, 1:51am
Flair, the dave definitely has flair. I love the strong stylistic elements.

Dfyngravity
Feb-18-2006, 9:41am
Very sick looking back! Great looking mando!

MML
Feb-18-2006, 11:13am
Thats a great original looking design. Well proportioned
and very tasteful. I like the way the heasdstock echos the body shape. Keep up the good work. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Brier
Feb-18-2006, 12:13pm
Wow looks great! I love the flat top curved back
. How dose it sound?
Peter.

Fliss
Feb-18-2006, 1:33pm
Very stylish!

Fliss

van
Feb-18-2006, 2:28pm
Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement. I really appreciate the attention.
Peter, the top may look flat in the photo but it is an arch top and it has a nice full sound.

Skip Kelley
Feb-18-2006, 5:50pm
I love "Dave" in the peghead! It looks great!

van
Feb-18-2006, 7:12pm
Thanks Skip!

SpookyReverb
Feb-18-2006, 10:59pm
Wow, I really dig that. The fret board looks great!

Antlurz
Feb-19-2006, 12:16am
Another eye catcher, Van! Love that back, especially! I'm also thinking about a zero fret on the F4 in my future.

Ron

mandoJeremy
Feb-19-2006, 12:23am
Very creative design. I like it!

Antlurz
Feb-19-2006, 7:19am
I have done allot of experimenting and I think that this style is my favorite and will be the shape of future Dave's to come.
I have serious doubt you can settle down to just one style. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif You're having way too much fun with innovations.

I know the feeling.

Ron

van
Feb-19-2006, 2:03pm
I bet your right about that Ron. It will be hard to stick to just one style. You should try the Zero fret. Some think that it makes an instrument cheap but it eliminates the hassle of carving a nut to exact specs and helps with achieving proper intonation. I am anxious to see your next creation.
Thanks again to all who have commented!