"The official MLP Rist Guitars build thread"

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  1. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    I am starting the thread.

    Now for all you picture addicts, this will be a double edge sword.

    There will be PLENTY of pictures every step of the way.

    The other edge of the sword is, they will be slow coming.

    I am doing this project in my spare time (the little that I have) and there will be other people's schedules in play as well.

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    Here is the thread that started it all should you choose to read up on the history.

    http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/backstage/16629-rist-guitars-raffle-support-mlp.html

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    Roman
     
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  2. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    Here is an overview of the project;

    Things have been finalized with the guitar



    This is going to be a one pickup "MLP Special"

    Mahogany body and neck

    VERY old Brazillian Fingerboard with neck binding .

    The only neck inlay will be MLP inlaid in mother of pearl at the 12th fret. (of course you will have side dots)

    One Very special P90 is being made for this instrument.

    It will have an aged TV finish.

    On the headstock, it will be sporting lightweight Kluson tuners, the Rist logo, and will be hand signed in gold.

    The Serial # is MLP001

    I had toyed around with the idea of a 2 pickup version and a Bigsby but abandoned. that concept in favor of a tone monster!

    I have decided on a true Rock and Roll machine

    Not having a neck pickup will give the maximum neck to body transfer.

    We will have a Wraparound Bridge /Tailpiece

    Sheer elegant simplicity.

    The Guitar will be presented to the Winner at the Los Angeles Namm show in a lightweight compact flight case lined in Blue velvet.

    If the Winner cannot attend the NAMM show, it will be shipped to Him or her.
    (along with pictures of the people involved in the Creation of this instrument)

    The case will come signed by all involved along with it's own one of a kind case candy.

    There you go.
    Roman
     
  3. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    2 pictures are coming:naughty:
     
  4. Sinmastah

    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    Wow, can't wait. This will be fun!
     
  5. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    I have heard it said that a picture is worth a thousand words, not the case with these pictures.

    What are we viewing here? It just looks like wood!

    It needs a story;

    First off, This is Very old Brazilian Rosewood estimated at about 75 years old.

    This is the stuff I have been hoarding for 20 some years.

    When special Guests would come by the shop, if they were allowed to hang out for more than an hour, and came with beer, this stash of wood would come out.

    We would drool and go ooh and ahh, then back in the box it would go.

    I had bought a chunk from an old furniture maker who said he had this board for about 40 years from what he remembered.

    It was twice as long as what you see in the picture and was a pretty thick chunk.

    At the time, my band saw had busted, so I had no way of cutting up the board.

    I made a deal with MAX, that if he would get it cut up for me, he could have half.

    He jumped on this offer with relish and verve.

    He took the board and I went back to work with the satisfaction that it would come back in a couple of days re sawn.

    He went about his business in the shop as well.

    About 5 minutes later he came back and gave me my half. He simply took the board over to the drill press and drilled holes into it at the center point, then with a hand saw cut it in half!!

    I said;:wtf:, repeatedly
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    I then clarified for him what the actual deal was.:)

    In the second picture you will see the drill holes at the end of the board.

    Well, he did in fact honor his part of the bargain. and came a couple of days later with sawn up boards.:laugh2:

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    This is the very same piece of wood that Quite a few MAX replicas are sporting as a fingerboard.

    His share is all gone and used up, I still have a few.

    This particular board will go on the MPL special.

    cheers
    Roman
     
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    Sinmastah Epi Verification Expert V.I.P. Member

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    Hahah that is awesome. A very nice board indeed.
     
  7. spacebubby

    spacebubby The MLP Princess

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    Wow! :shock: [drool]
     
  8. TheMrsWB

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    Roman, you have a way about you that not only is this going to be a great guitar build thread to see but a fun read as well!

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  9. captain tightpants

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    Yeah, good stuff! Really nice, gonna make a beautiful fretboard! Really looking forward to the progress!
     
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    Can't wait to watch this thread progress!
     
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    Beautiful piece! :wow:
     
  12. decoy205

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    Wow that is cool. Not only is the guitar itself going to have story but each piece associated with it has it's own story as well. Very historical. This guitar is going to be published when it's done for sure.

    that is one cool looking piece of Brazzy. Way to set this one off right Roman!
     
  13. krokodyl

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    OMG! That's quite a beautiful piece of wood! :thumb:

    I wonder how much is it worth :laugh2::laugh2::laugh2::laugh2:
     
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    AWESOME!!! 75 year old brazilian rosewood. and a story that goes with it. this guitar is going to have an awesome history before it even get's to it's first owner. i salute you guys for doing this. you really stepped up to the plate when MLP asked for help :applause::applause::applause::applause:
     
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    I am so glad I got my tickets. I can't wait to see the progress.:applause:
     
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    that's a nice piece of wood. this is going to be a killer guitar when it's done.
     
  17. shotgunlew

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    looks sweet bro!
     
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    This is gonna be one heck of a guitar !!! That rosewood is stunning !!! Way to go Roman !!!


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    Thanks Roman...now I gotta figure out how to buy more tickets. :D

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  20. inxs996

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    I have built many pieces of fine furniture in my past, I never built a guitar, kinda wish i still had my shop up and running, unfortunately when we sold our house i lost my shop building, but i am getting off the subject, what i wanted to ask is, if you guys ever considered using Zebra wood for the fretboard, now that is a highly figured wood, maybe too much for a fretboard...it would look kick-ass.....
     

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