MLP/Bartlett Retrospec Giveaway!

Udonitron

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Yeah, do the final finish and then announce the winner.
If so desired then relic post win?
 

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I'll take the second top from the right, iced tea burst with a tasteful medium relic please. :)
 

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I'll relic my new guitar myself, thanks. At least I can get a couple of shiny pics before it happens.
 

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Wow - what a beautiful guitar being built. I can't wait to win this bad boy! :)

If I had realized Metric was using one of your guitars, I would have bum rushed the stage, grabbed the Bartlett and kissed Emily!
 

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I'm sure this is already a given for everyone but I'll say it anyway... If one of the left two black, the right two burst.. I just couldn't bare to cover that beautiful wood and I love both finishes.. :) . So I'd say choose which one fits best sonically, then finish it based on the above..

If all of the stars in our little galaxy line up and I somehow am fortunate enough to be the lucky winner I would not want it aged.. If anything I'd say just lightly age the metals; take the shine off a bit.. Other than that I would want it fresh and let the work of art age on it's own.. I would play it just like my other guitars.. Most likely more so and it would see shows, jam sessions, etc... :dude: Don't get me wrong, if it's aged I would be just as thrilled to win it as I would having it not.. Just sayin..

Jason,


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Alright guys! After much deliberation and discussing it with a few folks who have seen the tops in person and tapping and listening and all sorts of general fussing, it has been decided to go with this top:

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And with a bit of lacquer thinner to highlight the grain a bit.. Keep in mind this top is unsanded, and still quite rough.

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Another angle

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Now here is the top and the clamping caul - and how they fit together:

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The next step, now that we have the top picked out is to match a body blank to it. I've tapped out the top and decided how I think its going to sound in the end, and now I need to choose a body blank to go with it. I want to complement the top and work with what it has going on, tone wise. In the end I want a guitar that sounds crisp and articulate without getting even close to muddy sounding. Starting with high quality old growth lumber is a great way to narrow the odds of finding a good blank.

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I start by laying out the bodies within the board. I use this template and just trace out the body blanks.

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Now its time to wheel out the beast again. I keep this 36" bandsaw on wheels so that I can wheel it out to make room for larger boards. it does not roll easily at all, but its better than nothing.

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I saw them up two at a time at first.

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Then I go back and cut each individual body blank out.

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And now I can finally cut the perimeter.

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All done.

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I LOVE this Thread!

And that is a nice top! :)

Please don't put opaque paint on it.........pleeze....:shock:
 

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Top is gorgeous and that enormous board of mahogany, wow! This is the kind of stuff dreams are made of... :)
 

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The more I look, the more I think, finish it just like that - maybe a touch darker amber for the edges.
 

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The more I look, the more I think, finish it just like that - maybe a touch darker amber for the edges.

There is a pretty warm cast on the top from the incandescent lighting, so you are thinking lemon drop, more or less?
 

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