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    I finally finished the bouzouki I have been working on for almost a year. Here are a couple of photos. It is a thrill to actually string it up and play it.
    Thanks for all of the advice I have received from this forum with the issues I encountered, and a special thanks to Graham McDonald first for taking the time to write the book on building a bouzouki, and also fro answering every email I sent him. This is a special community for being willing to share information so freely.
    I will probably post a thread on finishing since I encountered some issues there.

    Thanks Again
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    Wow, that's gorgeous! Great work.

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    What a beauty! Enjoy!

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    Nice work. Let's hear it.
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    Stunning! Can I borrow it for a year or two?
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    Congratulations. There is nothing quite like playing an instrument you built yourself.
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    Strong work! Looks very nice indeed.
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    I played it in a session this week and it blended nicely with the other instruments. It is clean sounding and well balanced. It is a lot of fun playing something you made. I learned a lot and am ready for the next build; either a short scale length octave, or an F5.

    Thanks for all of the compliments
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    That's a beauty. You should be proud.

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    Looks fantastic!
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    Excellent job! Not easy to pull off a blonde top. Good luck with your next build.

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    Nice work, Bob! It looks great!

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    That is an amazing instrument and all the more so since it was a first instrument! Awesome! Did you have wood working skills be for starting this build?
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    Great accomplishment. It looks fantastic.

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    Wow Bob. That's an incredible result for your first build. Archtop?

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    Reinhardt - yes it is an archtop. I used Graham McDonald's book as a guide for carving it.
    Bernie - I have done large scale woodworking in the past, and some instrument repair on my own instruments but this has been quite a learning experience. I can see why it takes years to get proficient at it.

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    A thing of beauty!

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    Wow. Just lovely. You have done yourself proud.

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