Birth of a Guitar #3: Part 3

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 01-19-2010 04:02 AM 2777 reads 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The exciting conclusion to Rick’s adventure into the world of lutherie. Rick does an incredible job recovering from his previous, nearly disastrous mistake. He takes us through the final assembly as well as his finishing process, which involves a number of techniques including pore-filling, French polish, and wiping varnish. Congratulations to Rick and a huge thank you for letting me tear up your video footage. I know more than a few folks have been inspired to dive into the wonderful world of instrument-making.

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#1 posted 01-19-2010 04:22 AM

Love the video. There is a guy at work that builds guitars.

-- Mike, VT

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#2 posted 01-19-2010 04:40 AM

I very much enjoyed all the videos. I never knew what actually went into building a classic guitar, I just knew it was difficult, hence the term “luthier”. I’m glad that Rick shared his setbacks as well as his successes. It was very informative, even while I was rooting for his full recovery. I was hoping he’d make some kind of vertical wooden fillet to address the neck/body/chipout issue. I can totally see myself doing some of the stuff he did because you’re too close to the forest to see the trees. I was really glad to hear the guitar being played and the stand is very nice. That’s one of the coolest Christmas presents I’ve ever seen!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 01-19-2010 05:05 AM

I think I ready to get it a try but first I am going to build a kayak if my wife we stop buying all that crapbook stuff I got hear aroll of tape and at good will I got notebook for hear but she looked at me a laugh at me

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#4 posted 01-19-2010 07:01 AM

That was great. Hugh effort Rick, venturing into the unknown. Excellent problem solving. Thanks for sharing the process. Great editing Mark, I thought. Really enjoyable and entertaining. Just goes to show what can be done without using a garage full of power tools.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#5 posted 01-19-2010 05:29 PM

Well done on all fronts, thanks for sharing.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#6 posted 01-19-2010 08:41 PM

Ditto what CaptainSkully said…very enjoyable, informative and inspiring. Oh, and nice job all the way around on the production, editting and music.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#7 posted 01-20-2010 02:08 AM

I thoroughly enjoyed the series. I remember watching a series on the DIY network about luthiers who made a variety of stringed instruments. They were professionals and of course we never saw any mistakes. It was great to see an average Joe make and recover from their errors. Thanks to Rick for sharing and to Mark for delivering quality video. The whole series was great.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#8 posted 01-21-2010 10:46 PM

Great work. I especially like that the mistake wasn’t edited out. It helps to know we all make ‘em.

I’m curious on one part of the video production. Who is playing the background? Autumn Leaves and I Got It Bad were great cuts. I’d like to know the guitarist.


-- He said wood...

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#9 posted 01-23-2010 06:57 PM

Made me physically nervous when he was chiseling on the soundboard. Thanks for the series.

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#10 posted 01-23-2010 07:31 PM

This is a very complicated undertaking. It was cool to see all the workarounds. Great from the woodworking perspective and skills shown, but I have to agree with what any good luthier will say is that you also need to be able to play it and understand the sounds and harmonic composition you are looking for so you can actually build that in. It is very subjective stuff ..bottom line is if you make something you know how to use it will work better

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#11 posted 01-25-2010 03:19 AM

I had a great time watching this thanks to both Rick and Marc for a great video!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#12 posted 02-03-2010 06:39 PM

A really great series. Thank you for documenting the process. This series is a true inspiration.

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#13 posted 09-25-2011 06:40 AM

That was awesome.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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