ES-335 Semi-Hollowbody

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Project by Tomy Hovington posted 03-01-2015 05:50 AM 2176 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love building guitars, although I usualy stay in the acoustic side of Lutherie, this one was a special request from a customer that is special to me..

Made out of maple, she has a master grade curly rim. The top and back were hand carved, and the rim bent by hand. The hand shaped neck showcase a ebony fretboard with a custom hand cut mother of pearl inlay of the phases of the moon.( 12 fret marker is a howling wolf in front of a full moon).

The peghead also has a ebony venneer with a handcut MoP inlay of the name brand. No CnC is ever use on my instruments.

Color is a hand rub mix of 4 stains. Laquered and hand polished.

I’ll also add my web page link if you would like to see more …

-- Tomy Hovington

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#1 posted 03-01-2015 07:09 AM

Jaw dropping attention to detail, Artwork to make music with!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 03-01-2015 03:09 PM

Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll bet it sounds AWESOME.

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#3 posted 03-01-2015 04:20 PM

With luck, some day I will be able to do at least half that well.
Fantastic work!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 03-01-2015 04:36 PM

That’s a good lookin guitar.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 03-01-2015 05:24 PM

Sweet build. I’m currently planning my third build, a six string bass. I’ve been bitten by the guitar building bug.

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#6 posted 03-01-2015 05:30 PM

Fantastic! Way beyond either my skills or patience levels!

Great Job!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 03-01-2015 05:39 PM

Unbelievable! That is simply gorgeous. As a lifelong guitar player that thing just screams to be played. I have never liked inflated fret markets but the phases of the moon is not one I remember seeing but one I would definitely love. You nailed the ballance of decoration without making it look like an over done Vegas drag queen. Like the girls next door got dolled up. Fantastic job!

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#8 posted 03-02-2015 01:08 AM

Oohhhhh woooowww… that’s nice.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 03-02-2015 05:48 PM

Thanks everybody for your kind words…

-- Tomy Hovington

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#10 posted 03-04-2015 04:47 PM


-- Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light...(Helen Keller)

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#11 posted 03-06-2015 11:38 AM

Absolutely gorgeous. I have wanted to try to build a couple of guitars for some years and other things just keep getting in the way. I visited your site and it is clear you love woodworking and have found your passion in making instruments. I too have build a strip kayak, boxes, cabinets, furniture and have bought several books on guitar building. I think I’m ready for the challenge.

Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#12 posted 03-06-2015 02:20 PM

Your work is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 03-07-2015 11:57 PM

Very nice work, love your site too! Beautiful work.

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