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    Default Just so excited!!!

    My dream is finally coming true! A custom made electric octave mando with p90s and Gibson Les Paul wiring. It will be a spalted maple top and mahogany neck in the LP cut. I can't wait!!!! Well, actually I have to. It won't be ready until March.

    What is really cool is the luthier doing it is a friend of mine. I've been pestering him for 5+ years to build it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vwfye View Post
    What is really cool is the luthier doing it is a friend of mine. I've been pestering him for 5+ years to build it.
    5+ years! Some friend.

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    5+ years! Some friend.
    Hey, some of us are busy. I've been making my nephews wait almost 2 years for custom guitars.
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    OK, so who's the luthier? And will it be as cool as this?

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    ^^^ Yup. That is cool. No doubt about it. ^^^
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    Default Re: Just so excited!!!

    He has asked me not to give his name out yet. But i think it will be more cool than the one listed above

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    This is the wood for the body face.
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    Cool!
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    My request is s medium dark blue stain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vwfye View Post
    My request is s medium dark blue stain.
    You are going to stain that spalted top? The natural colors in the wood at least in the photo are spectacular. I think you will lose a lot staining it. Unless you are talking about the back and sides.
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    Yes, I have always wanted a blue spalted face.
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    Default Re: Just so excited!!!

    He just sent me a photo of a scaling mockup next to my 23.5" scale tenor. 4.5 shorter will fit me much better! But, what say you? 19" scale an octave mando or a short scale tenor?
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    As a general rule, a longer scale means better tone and tuning.... But, you do have to be able to play it.
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    That is why it is being built: playability. My tenor is awesome, but the 23.5 scale and my stubby fingered hand struggles to work together in the stretched hand chords down low.
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    Here is a link that will show progress. https://www.facebook.com/srodguitars/
    He builds acoustic guitars too. Sounds awesome and looks better!
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    He has the spalted maple glued up and is going to cut the mahogany body on Tuesday. Woot!
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    I love updates!
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    Default Re: Just so excited!!!

    One of the joys of getting a luthier built custom instrument is getting to see photos and interact with it's maker as it's being built. It can occasionally be nerve-wracking and a cause for second guessing but in the long run it's gratifying and can increase the bond that you feel with the instrument. Plus, those photos and communications can be included as documentation should you ever decide to sell it.

    I've thought about doing something similar on forums like these with some of my other custom instruments but, for some reason, have always felt that the process was too personal and intimate to share. Thanks for sharing your experiences here as others might be inspired to take a similar journey.
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    Default Re: Just so excited!!!

    We have a bunch of give and take on where it is going. He told me he cut it this morning before his 9-5 job and smelled mahogany all day.
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    Such a sensual-looking spalting!
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    Would you believe I found that on ebay?
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    Parts prepped for glue
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    I had to share this shot. The 3 woods' grains
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    More progress last night

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