Gregory guitars "Archibald"

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Project by guitfiddleniick posted 05-16-2012 11:04 AM 2183 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the archtop I just finished. Well, almost finished, I hate the tailpiece, and I have DPDT switch to install, for coil tapping.The entire body, is made from walnut. All from the same tree. We paid a hundred bucks for a huge walnut from this lady’s front yard. The top is from one of the curlier sections. The neck is maple, with an ebony finger board. Carved top and back, bent rim. The headplate is ebony, the pick guard is zebrawood, the tailpiece is cocobolo, which is not staying with the guitar. I have plans to make an ebony one. The little truss rod cover is bark from the walnut tree. I stabilized it with CA glue, to harden it up a little.The little pink inlay on the headstock is from a Connecticut river clam, that I somehow caught on a spinnerbait, while pike fishing. The rest of the inlay is Paua abalone. The neck position pickup sounds so full and clear, its amazing. The bridge pickup is a little thinner than usual, due to th completly hollow body. A sound post beneath the bridge, connects the top and back, and its moveable, for subtle sound tweaks. Finished with Nitrocellulose lacquer.

-- Be the tool- Mark Ragonese

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 11:30 AM

Beautiful job on that. Welcome to LJ’s

-- - Martin

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#2 posted 05-16-2012 12:41 PM


-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 03:07 PM

That is some really fantastic guitar building. A piece of artwork…

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#4 posted 05-16-2012 03:18 PM

Really nice job. I completely agree with your decision on the tailpiece. Ebony will look great. What did you line the f-holes with? Maple? Nice work.

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#5 posted 05-16-2012 11:40 PM


-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#6 posted 05-16-2012 11:55 PM

Hey thanks everybody. It feels good to have other woodworkers, saying good things about my work. I must be learning something. Hopefiully i can sell a few soon. I switched from makiing fine furniture, to makiing fine guitars. Not a great move financially. Atleast I have all the fancy furniture an d guitars. I usually use my rent money to buy wood and guitar hardware.

-- Be the tool- Mark Ragonese

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#7 posted 05-16-2012 11:56 PM

Gorgeous guitar

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 05-18-2012 01:41 AM

Sweet, that came out terrific.

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

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#9 posted 05-19-2012 07:08 AM

Beautiful bass, I really like the tailpiece but it doesn’t fit this guitar.


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#10 posted 05-19-2012 03:37 PM

Thank you, but its not a bass.its an archtop, and yeah, I hate the tailpiece. making a new one.

-- Be the tool- Mark Ragonese

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#11 posted 05-20-2012 08:19 AM

Yeah, I don’t know why I wrote bass, blame on the 2nd glass of Knob Creek Single Barrel.


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#12 posted 05-20-2012 02:33 PM

Ah yes, the old second glass of Knob Creek.

-- Be the tool- Mark Ragonese

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#13 posted 05-22-2012 06:52 PM

Very nice work. Nice to see more guitar builders on here!

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