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    Happy 14th anniversary to this thread...

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    Looks great what are you doing for the top coat?
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    That's awesome Mike, beautiful job on the scroll and love the color. Does it have the matching headstock with scroll?

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    Final checks for the Sorensen summer class of 2017.

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    This has been a really interesting and challenging build-set because every instrument is different -- 5 mandolins of different body styles plus a Big Dog octave. Neck widths vary from 1-1/16" to 1-3/16", custom inlays, varied voicing, and even some American Sycamore in the mix . . .

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    one of my Fantasma's.
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    Varnishing --

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    Side view --

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    Ninth coat of varnish and a love affair with the delightfully lovely variations shared by the maple trees --

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenS View Post
    Ninth coat of varnish and a love affair with the delightfully lovely variations shared by the maple trees --

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    Steve
    Wow!

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    There are times when the natural beauty of the wood outweighs my disruptive tendency to adorn it with the ego of my logo... so I leave the canvas naked...

    j.


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    Quote Originally Posted by grandcanyonminstrel View Post
    There are times when the natural beauty of the wood outweighs my disruptive tendency to adorn it with the ego of my logo... so I leave the canvas naked...

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    Absolutely beautiful, James. I don't know if you plan to leave it that way, but I love love love the look of the headstock without the tuner bushings. I was in Danny Ferrington's shop a couple of months ago, and he had this guitar's twin on hand. I fell in love with the simplicity of the bare tuner posts.

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    Very nice simply stated headstock design and veneer James. Are those shoulderless bushings or part of the tuner shaft protruding up showing the headstock taper?
    "A sudden clash of thunder, the mind doors burst open, and lo, there sits old man Buddha-nature in all his homeliness."
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    Those are custom Alessi; what you are looking at is the string post. I have not installed the bushings yet.

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    Looks kinda persimmon-y, I like it! Plus, the holes are a clue to the maker, right?
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    Setup and fitting the pickguard on this Big Dog -

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    Not quite finished . . . but finishing . . .

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    Thanks for sharing Steve. Your maple bouquet from the dark of night to morning bursting into Golden Maple Rays!
    "A sudden clash of thunder, the mind doors burst open, and lo, there sits old man Buddha-nature in all his homeliness."
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    From the Sunburst to the black moment before the dawn.
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    My oh my Steve those are some beautiful mandolins!!!

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    Not really a picture of Christmas cheer.

    But, sometimes it is better to start anew and not try to "fix it." A key part of build progress, I've learned, is to know that point and not ignore it.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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    Well it's been a while since I've built an instrument. Still has a bit of finessing to go, the finish could be rubbed out, the bone work refined, a replacement E (on order from Aquila) but it plays well and has met the design ideas.

    Sitka spruce top, Tassie blackwood B&S and bindings, 4 strings by Aquila. Im calling it "Luce di mandolina a quattro corde". Synthetic strings are better for me as the dermatitis and psoriasis keep robbing me of finger pads. Design wise it meant lightening the whole design and putting the saddle onto the soundboard. I have really missed building instruments...
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    Wrapping up the finish details, but it is close enough to show off a little. Macassar ebony, Ted Davis red spruce, one piece 20 year old Michigan maple back, hollow scroll bound in curly maple....

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    Been a while, but nice windy weather for outdoor woodbutchering and mandomandala making....
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    Reminds me of one of those "Diversity" motivational posters. I love wood variety

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