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DanSavage
Posted 2019-08-16 2:59 PM (#549601)
Subject: The Black Pearl...



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I've had this project waiting. It won't have a model number. Just a name; The Black Pearl.

I really like how my parlor looks with the black MOP purfling and tuner knobs, so this guitar will get the same treatment. Plus a whole lot more.

I bought this CL neck a while ago. I will build the rest of the guitar around this.

I'm going to replace the white neck binding with black. It'll also get a black TUSQ nut. I'm also going to remove the abalone fret board inlays and replace them with black MOP. I'll also be re-fretting the neck with gold EVOs.

You may remember this bowl. It came with my original 1619. I also splashed a mold off it. This is the lightest, thinnest bowl I've ever seen. As near as I can tell this was molded using vacuum infusion. This should make for a really light, nice sounding guitar.



I'll top the guitar with torrefied Adirondack and torrefied Adi A-braces. I realized that I've built a few torrefied Adi A-brace Os, but that I don't own one myself. I like my parlor, but I can't play it standing up.



I never did use the unfinished rosette I got from the MS. As you may recall I was originally going to use that on Daren's 1528, even going so far as to cut out the abalone inlay pieces from feathers I bought online. So, I'm going to use it on this one, but it'll get black MOP.



I'm also going to use an carved ebony CL bridge and compensated black saddle.



I probably won't cover all the phases of the build, like bracing the top. Just the new stuff, like removing and replacing the fret board inlays.



Edited by DanSavage 2019-08-16 3:08 PM
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DanSavage
Posted 2019-08-16 3:15 PM (#549602 - in reply to #549601)
Subject: RE: The Black Pearl...



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Before the neck can be mounted to the bowl, the bowl needs a neck block.

I'm using a Stewmac bolt-on neck block. It's really made for a Martin-style guitar, but with a few mods it'll work here.



The top hole is fine. The bottom hole too far down and the angle at the bottom needs to be adjusted. It also needs to be notched at the top for the K-bar truss rod.

I've already modified the neck block to work here. I notched the top and drillled a new hole. I'll fill or cover the old hole before I glue the neck block into the bowl.

Neck bolted to block.

Neck block clamped into bowl for test fitting. After the block is glued to the bowl, I'll glue in the same reverse kerfed mahogany that I used on Patch's parlor.

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Jonmark Stone
Posted 2019-08-16 4:48 PM (#549604 - in reply to #549602)
Subject: Re: The Black Pearl...


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This will be interesting.
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2wheeldrummer
Posted 2019-08-16 4:53 PM (#549606 - in reply to #549601)
Subject: Re: The Black Pearl...



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Great to see you back in action with a New Project I love following your work and this one sounds like it will be superb
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arumako
Posted 2019-08-16 5:25 PM (#549608 - in reply to #549606)
Subject: Re: The Black Pearl...



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2wheeldrummer - 2019-08-16 6:53 AM

Great to see you back in action with a New Project I love following your work and this one sounds like it will be superb

+1!
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d'ovation
Posted 2019-08-16 5:33 PM (#549610 - in reply to #549601)
Subject: Re: The Black Pearl...


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Holy black fankenvation - looking forward to following this build.
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Love O Fair
Posted 2019-08-16 10:57 PM (#549612 - in reply to #549601)
Subject: Re: The Black Pearl...



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Location: What week?
Dan.. I've been worried not seeing you around. Bad dreams. Can't focus on life. Missing work. My shrink even gave up on me. So now it's great to see you back on the BFLG! I'm cured!! This one looks like it's gonna be lots of fun.

PS: I assume the neck refinish is NOT going to be back to the original burst colors, or the top a burst either. I don't recall ever seeing you do any burst work.



Edited by Love O Fair 2019-08-16 11:14 PM
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marenostrum
Posted 2019-08-17 10:18 AM (#549614 - in reply to #549608)
Subject: Re: The Black Pearl...



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arumako - 2019-08-16 12:25 AM

2wheeldrummer - 2019-08-16 6:53 AM

Great to see you back in action with a New Project I love following your work and this one sounds like it will be superb

+1!


+2
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DanSavage
Posted 2019-08-17 11:10 AM (#549615 - in reply to #549612)
Subject: Re: The Black Pearl...



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Love O Fair - 2019-08-16 8:57 PM

PS: I assume the neck refinish is NOT going to be back to the original burst colors, or the top a burst either. I don't recall ever seeing you do any burst work.



Hi Al,

Other than touching up the parts of the neck with finish damage and the updates to the fretboard, the neck will remain largely unchanged. I think the style of burst on it fits in with the theme of the guitar.

You're right. Generally speaking, I'm not a fan of bursts on guitar bodies. I had a 1719 with a burst, but I sold it because I like plain-top guitars.
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BCam
Posted 2019-08-17 6:13 PM (#549619 - in reply to #549601)
Subject: Re: The Black Pearl...


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This is going to be a great project to follow!
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DanSavage
Posted 2019-08-17 9:54 PM (#549620 - in reply to #549601)
Subject: RE: The Black Pearl...



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First order of business is to mask off the neck block area, then scuff it up in preparation for gluing.



Third hole in the neck block is sealed with a mahogany plug I made.



Neck block is masked and being glued into place. (sorry for the blurry pic)



Masking is peeled off. I'll let this cure for 24 hours, then start in on the kerfed lining.

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DanSavage
Posted 2019-08-18 5:58 PM (#549633 - in reply to #549601)
Subject: RE: The Black Pearl...



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Neck block is glued. Kerfed lining is being glued. The photo below shows the wetted lining being clamped to pre-shape the lining.

I did that this morning. The wood was dry this afternoon, so I moved forward with gluing them into place.

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arumako
Posted 2019-08-19 9:37 PM (#549642 - in reply to #549633)
Subject: RE: The Black Pearl...



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DanSavage - 2019-08-18 7:58 AM

Neck block is glued. Kerfed lining is being glued. The photo below shows the wetted lining being clamped to pre-shape the lining.

I did that this morning. The wood was dry this afternoon, so I moved forward with gluing them into place.


Hi Dan! Great to see you back in action @BFLG. I know you prefer not to repeat stuff covered in previous posts, but I could read and re-read your threads all day long. This project seems to be a conglomeration of previous threads with the bowls and rosettes we've seen before. Very exciting stuff!

Hope you don't mind my asking about the specific adhesives you're using for this project. Previous threads seem to indicate that you've settled on Hysol 0151 and brown hide glue; so I'm thinking neck block and kerfing - 0151?
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Old Man Arthur
Posted 2019-08-20 1:05 AM (#549644 - in reply to #549601)
Subject: Re: The Black Pearl...



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Educational, as always.
Thanks for the show.
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DetlefMichel
Posted 2019-08-20 6:02 AM (#549647 - in reply to #549601)
Subject: Re: The Black Pearl...



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Just like the other addicts I`m so curious to watch your new project.
Schaller grand tune black? Or F6 black chrome? I put black M6 mini with dark rosewood knobs on my Adamas 1688...
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DanSavage
Posted 2019-08-20 5:18 PM (#549653 - in reply to #549642)
Subject: RE: The Black Pearl...



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arumako - 2019-08-19 7:37 PM

Hope you don't mind my asking about the specific adhesives you're using for this project. Previous threads seem to indicate that you've settled on Hysol 0151 and brown hide glue; so I'm thinking neck block and kerfing - 0151?


Don't mind at all.

Yep. Neck block and kerfed lining are glued with 0151. The top will be assembled with Old Brown Glue.

Sadly, my local Rockler's stopped selling it so I have to order a bottle online.
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DanSavage
Posted 2019-08-20 5:18 PM (#549654 - in reply to #549644)
Subject: Re: The Black Pearl...



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Old Man Arthur - 2019-08-19 11:05 PM

Educational, as always.
Thanks for the show.


Thanks, Art. And, you're welcome.
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DanSavage
Posted 2019-08-20 5:22 PM (#549655 - in reply to #549647)
Subject: Re: The Black Pearl...



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DetlefMichel - 2019-08-20 4:02 AM

Just like the other addicts I`m so curious to watch your new project.
Schaller grand tune black? Or F6 black chrome? I put black M6 mini with dark rosewood knobs on my Adamas 1688...


Thanks, Detlef.

Probably will stick with M6. I haven't decided whether to use black or gold.
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DanSavage
Posted 2019-08-21 5:56 PM (#549660 - in reply to #549601)
Subject: RE: The Black Pearl...



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The lining is glued.



I opened up the slot in the top of the bowl. Neck heel fits top of guitar well.

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DarenSavage
Posted 2019-08-24 10:05 PM (#549687 - in reply to #549660)
Subject: RE: The Black Pearl...


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DanSavage - 2019-08-21 5:56 PM

I opened up the slot in the top of the bowl. Neck heel fits top of guitar well.


The fit is amazing. Not to take away from the work you've done, but I think the changes we're going to see to the neck will be breathtaking. Can't wait to see/play The Black Pearl this coming winter. Carry on Brah!

Edited by DarenSavage 2019-08-24 10:08 PM
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DanSavage
Posted 2019-08-26 10:34 AM (#549694 - in reply to #549687)
Subject: Re: The Black Pearl...



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Thanks, Daren.

I'm waiting for the pearl parts to arrive on a slow boat from down under. In the meantime, I'm working on the bowl.

I also ran out of OBG, so I'm waiting for that to come in so I can start on the top. The only thing I can really do until then is to keep working on the bowl.

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Jonmark Stone
Posted 2019-08-27 1:21 PM (#549698 - in reply to #549694)
Subject: Re: The Black Pearl...


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Maybe a shiny bowl?
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DarenSavage
Posted 2019-08-27 9:29 PM (#549700 - in reply to #549698)
Subject: Re: The Black Pearl...


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Jonmark Stone - 2019-08-27 1:21 PM

Maybe a shiny bowl?

Hmm. An interesting idea. Is a black pearl smooth and shiny, or textured? My Os have the remounted neck strap mounts, so slipperiness isn't an issue. Thoughts, Dan?

Edited by DarenSavage 2019-08-27 9:31 PM
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DanSavage
Posted 2019-08-28 11:47 AM (#549702 - in reply to #549601)
Subject: RE: The Black Pearl...



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Yes, the thought of doing a shiny bowl has crossed my mind. I still haven't decided.

Speaking of bowls, here's the latest progress.

I added a reinforcement layer to the bottom of the bowl where the lower strap button molly will be mounted. After the resin cured, I drilled a hole for the molly and the jack.

I had originally planned to use a molly on the upper bout, but after a few quick measurements I realized that there might be some interference with the neck block. Instead I glued a mahogany block to the neck block and bowl. It's not too pretty, but it'll get the job done.



I also marked and cut out the hole in the side for the OP-Pro pre-amp.

With this, the bowl is pretty much done and ready to have a top mounted and purfling/binding installed.

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BCam
Posted 2019-08-28 12:50 PM (#549706 - in reply to #549601)
Subject: Re: The Black Pearl...


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I'm curious as to what tool you used to make the cut-out.
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