My third guitar

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David Stiles
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My third guitar

Post by David Stiles » Sun Jul 25, 2021 12:17 pm

Yesterday, I finished my third guitar. I must thank the members of ANZLF for the wealth of great content here, both old and new. I have found this to be a resource that is indispensable.

Sitka Spruce & Northern Silky Oak with Burdekin Plum fretboard & bridge.

If I may indulge is a little bit of showing off, here are some pictures:
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Re: My third guitar

Post by seeaxe » Sun Jul 25, 2021 6:06 pm

Stunning! You would have to be pleased with that.
What kind of bracing did you use? Looks like it might be a falcate!!
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Re: My third guitar

Post by David Stiles » Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:13 pm

Thanks Richard, it is actually X braced.

I went Falcate on previous build. This time I was mentoring a school student who was making a dreadnought for his woodwork project so I did X bracing for him to copy. I'm very happy with the sound. Nice bass and really sings up high. I can now understand why spruce is so popular.

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Re: My third guitar

Post by WJ Guitars » Sun Jul 25, 2021 9:06 pm

Excellent guitar build. I like the northern silky oak back and sides.

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Re: My third guitar

Post by johnparchem » Mon Jul 26, 2021 12:43 am

Very nice! I love everything about it.

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Re: My third guitar

Post by kiwigeo » Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:55 am

DavidS wrote:
Sun Jul 25, 2021 12:17 pm
If I may indulge is a little bit of showing off, here are some pictures:

You may indulge...in fact we insist on it!! Nice work on that guitar David....I love its simple clean lines. Nice work on that rosette as well.
Martin

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Re: My third guitar

Post by Mark McLean » Mon Jul 26, 2021 4:45 pm

Absolutely lovely. Great aesthetic and execution. I haven't seen a neck done in silky oak before. It looks very nice - but how was it to carve and shape? How do you think it will go for stability - time will tell? If it performs well for necks I would consider trying it as an alternative to maple.

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Re: My third guitar

Post by David Stiles » Mon Jul 26, 2021 10:25 pm

Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

Mark, the Silky oak was easy enough to carve, virtually no different to Qld Maple. It looks like it would be tricky but I had no issues with it at all. It did need pore filling though. As far as stability, I did the scarf about 6 months ago and it was perfectly straight when I went back to it a few weeks ago. I hardly have any pressure on the truss rod either. Time will tell.

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Re: My third guitar

Post by lamanoditrento » Mon Aug 02, 2021 9:59 am

Well done David. I do like a clean-looking fretboard without fret markers. What is your finish?
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Re: My third guitar

Post by David Stiles » Thu Aug 05, 2021 10:10 pm

Thanks Trent, guitar is French Polished using 'advanced method' from Gore/Gillet book except that I used a water based grain filler on the Silky Oak first. I think all shellac finish may have looked better but Silky Oak needed a lot of filling.

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