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DanSavage
Posted 2015-10-17 11:17 AM (#516271 - in reply to #494306)
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DanSavage
Posted 2015-10-17 11:36 AM (#516273 - in reply to #494306)
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I guess this is one way to drive up the post count...

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Damon67
Posted 2015-10-17 1:36 PM (#516276 - in reply to #516268)
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DanSavage
Posted 2015-10-17 4:36 PM (#516277 - in reply to #494306)
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Thanks, Damon.
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DanSavage
Posted 2015-10-17 4:39 PM (#516278 - in reply to #494306)
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All done. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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BanjoJ
Posted 2015-10-17 4:44 PM (#516279 - in reply to #494306)
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Stunning!

Thank you so much Dan for letting us share your exploits and for sharing your know how.

Jay will be a very very happy man.
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arumako
Posted 2015-10-17 5:32 PM (#516282 - in reply to #494306)
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Unbelievably stunning! I love the custom label...is this the first to wear that badge of honor? Congratulations to you and "jay" and thanks for sharing your amazing journey!
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Eynowd
Posted 2015-10-17 5:40 PM (#516284 - in reply to #516282)
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You've done an outstanding piece of work, Dan. It looks and sounds gorgeous!

I can't help but wonder whether the new Mothership is going to be inundated with requests for X-braced torrified spruce tops once more people have seen and heard this one.

If I had the money, I'd seriously consider it.

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Old Man Arthur
Posted 2015-10-17 6:11 PM (#516289 - in reply to #494306)
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Looks very Nice.
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DanSavage
Posted 2015-10-17 7:07 PM (#516294 - in reply to #494306)
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Thanks for the kind words, everyone.

Paul Moody stopped by today and I got to hear what the guitar sounds like when someone else is playing it. All I can say is, 'Wow!'.

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DanSavage
Posted 2015-10-17 7:09 PM (#516295 - in reply to #516282)
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arumako - 2015-10-17 3:32 PM

Unbelievably stunning! I love the custom label...is this the first to wear that badge of honor?


Yep. I never would have added that label, but Jay insisted.
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d'ovation
Posted 2015-10-17 7:28 PM (#516296 - in reply to #494306)
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Just gorgeous, thank you for sharing the progress of this.
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marenostrum
Posted 2015-10-18 3:21 AM (#516307 - in reply to #494306)
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stunning Dan....you got really golden hands (do not know if this is the correct expression but surely you understand what I mean...)
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arumako
Posted 2015-10-18 6:56 AM (#516311 - in reply to #516295)
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DanSavage - 2015-10-17 9:09 AM

Yep. I never would have added that label, but Jay insisted.

Nice! I'm sure you'd never want to draw attention to yourself, but for those of us who've followed your progress, that label is testimony of the care the instrument received in the hands of a craftsman dedicated to his instrument and its player. Kudos to "jay".

Btw, the pictures make it look like the strings are practically laying on the frets! What are your measurements at the 12th fret?
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DanSavage
Posted 2015-10-18 7:30 AM (#516312 - in reply to #494306)
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Thanks again, everyone.

Arumako,

At the 12th fret the strings are 6/64" or 3/32". I use Stewmac's String Action Gauge. To set the nut action I use the technique I learned from frets.com. (See: Checking Nut Action)

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DanSavage
Posted 2015-10-18 8:52 PM (#516333 - in reply to #494306)
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I recorded some video of the 80/20 strings and uploaded the video to youtube.

The more I play the 80/20s the better I like them on this guitar. The PBs sound great, too, just different.

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Eynowd
Posted 2015-10-19 2:28 AM (#516341 - in reply to #516333)
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Dan, that sounds amazing, and some really beautiful playing.

I'd love to hear that guitar playing some slack key.
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DanSavage
Posted 2015-10-19 9:04 AM (#516345 - in reply to #516341)
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Thanks kindly, Geoff.

Pictures and video don't really show how nice the guitar looks and sounds.
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moody, p.i.
Posted 2015-10-19 11:54 AM (#516360 - in reply to #494306)
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This is true. I saw the guitar on Saturday and was greatly impressed. The workmanship was outstanding and the guitar just rang and rang. Dan is giving the mothership a run for it's money. Very impressive.......
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DanSavage
Posted 2015-10-19 12:36 PM (#516364 - in reply to #516360)
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Thanks, Paul. It reaffirms for me everything I've been reading about torrefied top guitars.

I've got a couple of projects I need to clear away, then take a short break. After that, I'm going to get started rebuilding the 1978 1617 Legend using another set of torrefied Sitka spruce top wood and brace stock I bought.
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moody, p.i.
Posted 2015-10-19 1:48 PM (#516374 - in reply to #494306)
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Let me know when you've got the energy to tackle that neck I spoke about.
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DanSavage
Posted 2015-10-19 2:06 PM (#516376 - in reply to #516374)
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Sure thing. I'll be spraying the back of a Kramer bass in a couple of weeks (after Halloween) so that would be a good time to do your neck at the same time.
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moody, p.i.
Posted 2015-10-19 3:44 PM (#516386 - in reply to #494306)
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Cool Thanks
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clrules
Posted 2015-10-27 9:05 PM (#516793 - in reply to #494306)
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Wunderbar!!! That thing is gorgeous. It sounds so clear and the note separartion is fantastic. I wonder how it's going to sound after working that top a little.. Great job.
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