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Guit-Steel #2, guitar 84, hopefully my last.

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Project by Tennessee posted 11-30-2017 06:07 PM 620 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built my first one of these in the Summer of 2016, and used it for a display piece, did try to sell it in a local store for a while, but finally put it on Reverb.com where it finally sold to a fellow who gifted it to an up and coming Country artist.

So after the buyer received it I get an email, “Can I talk you into doing another?”
At first I said I didn’t think so, but after some money discussion, I took on the commission. And he wanted the works.

This one has about everything I can throw at it. Grover tuners, special pickup packages, volume/tone for each side, bone nuts, solid Sapale body, bookmatched nine year off the tree walnut pickguard on the six string side, and quilted walnut pickguard on the slide side. Bigsby, roller bridge, and on the slide side it has a compensated brass saddle bridge, series/parallel switch. Even the strings are picked out special, Ernie Ball Slinky 10’s for the six string, and DT Tite-Fit 13’s for the slide side.

So I find out it is going into a private collection, and probably will never be played, at least as long as it stays in that collection. But they paid, so it is theirs. Weighs in just a hair above 13 lbs. It is nice to think you can make something that someone wants to display in a private collection. But a bit of me would rather see this on stage.

Personally, I am ready to move on to other things, no more guitar building. I still do a lot of repairs locally, and that is fine, but starting one from scratch is a big project, and takes up a lot of my shop and huge chunks of time.

Thanks for lookin’!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN





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DocSavage45

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#1 posted 11-30-2017 07:02 PM

But you do it so well…..!???? Thanks for showing it.

I’m guessing a table is less stressful and involves less time? I think James Krenov said “it’s the process and not the end. It’s like putting together and conducting a symphony.” I think a lot of us just look at what we have made rather than seeing ourselves doing it?

I’m glad their are patrons who appreciate what you do.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 11-30-2017 08:52 PM

Nice work!!!

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Tennessee

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#3 posted 11-30-2017 09:33 PM

Doc, it is very stressful, making something over and over that you absolutely cannot make a mistake anywhere in the process – and a guitar has dozens if not hundreds of steps.
Easier ways to be a semi-retired woodworker!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 11-30-2017 10:17 PM

Guess I won’t be doing something like that. LOL! Me and Murphy are a team.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 12-01-2017 12:41 PM

That is a beautiful guitar. Well made. I can understand that you would want to see it on stage. I also understand about “shop time”. I had plans to do a lot of Christmas projects but took on a big order with a deadline. Now all my time goes into that project leaving no time for what I want to make. Again, beautiful job!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 12-01-2017 02:24 PM

You did a beautiful job on this musical instrument.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 12-01-2017 11:46 PM

Thank You to all…I really appreciate the Lumberjocks Community, and have learned SO MUCH from you guys over the years. Sometimes I just lurk, not posting anything, but this guitar, having it go to a private collection, I thought it merited mention.
I absolutely did not think I would get another Daily Top 3. Thanks again to all who looked, and those who commented. Some people may think it a small thing, but I know there are woodworkers on this site who would die for one Daily Top 3. This is somewhere around my fifth, sixth, I don’t know. I am blessed, for sure…
I will try my hardest to keep you up dated on my newest adventures, once I get through my most dreaded month, December, where people want everything now, now, now….Sold and shipped three golf club hat racks today, had a repair come in, and an amplifier that has to be reupholstered is coming in next week. It never ends.
I will give you a hint on next years new items – Segmented. Big shoes to fill, I know… I will post and take the hits, but maybe I can eventually reach the standards that these people can reach. Lofty, to be sure.
Again, thank you to all who look at and comment on my work. Love you guys and gals.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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DocSavage45

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#8 posted 12-02-2017 12:01 AM

I was rooting for top 3 as it is a masterpiece. Just the photography was not so good???? LOL! Krenov felt his work should be professionally photographed.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Tennessee

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#9 posted 12-02-2017 02:02 AM

Yeah, this one, I sat it out on my front porch, and the sun was such that it reflected off the pickguards. Just at that evening angle.
Still, one or two of of the pics came out OK. Either way, the piece is much more stunning in real life, and these are the pics I used to show it off to the new owner, who approved wholeheartedly.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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