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Project by Nate Meadows posted 05-14-2012 02:53 PM 1477 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this guitar back when I was in high school with the help of my mentor Mark Garza. As far as I know Mark is still making beautiful guitars and basses.

I wanted the headstock to look like the butterfly was emerging from it. Should I ever build another guitar, this will be my trade mark I think! I wanted the butterfly on the neck to look like it was flying off the flower on the headstock.The guitar body is ash while the neck is maple with an ebony fret board. The inlays are mother of pearl, cedar, purple heart and ebony.

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate





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Bearpie

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#1 posted 05-14-2012 07:37 PM

This is a beautiful piece of functional art! Well done!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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JoeinDE

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 07:45 PM

Nicely done. I like the blending of the flying V and strat styling.

Somebody popped your G-string. :-)
(As a fellow guitarist I’m allowed to make this joke)

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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BTimmons

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 07:47 PM

Where did the G-string go? (For non musician types – No, that isn’t some kind of innuendo.)

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Nate Meadows

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 08:23 PM

Thank you Bearpie!

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 08:28 PM

JoeineDE,

Now that is funny!!!! I just realized that. Honestly I haven’t played for many years…since I was injured in Iraq. The brain and nerve damage that I suffered really messed me up. However the doctors say I can relearn. I just pulled my acoustic out last weekend and started the process.

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 08:31 PM

BTimmons,

The G string broke a long time ago and since I wasn’t playing I haven’t bothered to replace it. Something I should take care of soon.

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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robert triplett

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#7 posted 05-15-2012 12:14 AM

Nate, nice to see your work on here. This is a great community of people. I think I said hello to you sometime in the last year. haven’t really seen you since i coached your soccer team(that was a while ago) Mark Garza is still making beautiful guitars. Sounds like you have quite a journey ahead of you, but woodworking is a great way to be active. Thanks for your time in the military.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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Nate Meadows

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#8 posted 05-15-2012 01:12 AM

Mr Triplett!

Wow, that was along time ago:). I see you all the time when I drop off my son at school. I had no idea that you did woodworking. How cool is that!!!

Yes the people here are wonderful! Good to hear Mark is still making guitars. I need to go see him sometime.

Woodworking is awesome! Sounds like you think so too.

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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justoneofme

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#9 posted 05-15-2012 03:43 AM

Hi Nate: Again … I am in awe of the beautiful and sensitive work you do with wood. Your mentor must have really enjoyed teaching you!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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Roger

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#10 posted 05-15-2012 11:32 AM

Rock on Nate, rock on!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Nate Meadows

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#11 posted 05-15-2012 11:36 AM

Elaine,

Thank you again! You are very kind! Mark is a very awesome guy!

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#12 posted 05-15-2012 11:36 AM

Thank you Roger!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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jeffro

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#13 posted 05-15-2012 06:02 PM

cool body shape

-- Jeffro,knockonwood

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Nate Meadows

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#14 posted 05-15-2012 06:04 PM

Thank you Jeffro!

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#15 posted 05-16-2012 02:00 AM

Looks really good, as a guitar player I would be honored to have a guitar like that.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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