Steel string Acoustic Guitars I have amde

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Project by CaptainBilly posted 01-08-2013 10:28 AM 1370 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My favorite tonewood for making a steel string acoustic guitar is walnut. Since most of my playing is finger-styling and backing up my voice, I find that walnut has a warm mellow tone even across the treble strings. Two of these guitars are in walnut. The yellow guitar is of canary wood and has a much brighter tone.

-- Captain Billy

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#1 posted 01-08-2013 11:12 AM

Great job on these guitars. You aught to make a video of you playing them and singing to set them off.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 01:27 PM

Love the work it’s a great looking guitar. Probably sings. What type of bracing did you use? Standard fan? Do you have a single or double top? Great guitars are like fine wine, they get better with age.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#3 posted 01-08-2013 02:01 PM

That Walnut looks great!
Sweet Guitars.

-- Doug...

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#4 posted 01-08-2013 03:46 PM

Wow, that is very nice.

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#5 posted 01-08-2013 03:47 PM

Okay…post each guitar individually with better pictures, please. These are too good to be grouped together so anonymously. More, more more!

-- jay,

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#6 posted 01-08-2013 07:42 PM

That is pretty awesome! You have sense for details.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 01-08-2013 08:01 PM

Beautiful! The personal touches are cool too. I lost my 1967 Martin D 18 and my custom birds eye maple telecaster 11 years ago due to my house got robbed, still get a tear or two. I just got a Epiphone 339 for Christmas and is a lot of fun to play. It has a Nanomag pickup at the base of the neck for acoustic like sounds. I agree with Jay, more pic’s of each would be great. Fantastic work and also a super collection too!

-- $tudie

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#8 posted 01-09-2013 01:58 AM

Studie, I feel your pain. I have a 1960 Martin D35 and I would cry if I lost it. Kaleb, I use a modified X bracing pattern on the top and ladder bracing on the back. I also use vertical bracing around the sides. The top is a single layer but I have some additional bracing around the sound holes. I would put up some more detailed photos, but I don’t still have the guitars, I sold some and gave some to friends and a computer crash ate the photos I did have. I have plans to start another one this winter so I’ll try to do some photos all during the process. Thanks for the positive comments everyone.

-- Captain Billy

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#9 posted 01-10-2013 03:10 AM

Excellent work! I don’t know why your post didn’t make Daily Top 3. It sure is worthy!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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