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     No.......... I........... am............. the....... slowest...........one....
I have worked on my Gibson HG R model for over a year and I have only partly completed the 2 necks and a tail piece/brace . I did have to do other extensive repair (cracks, holes, missing parts) and "figuring out" work. I have lots of drawings and am waiting to attend the gathering to look at other Gibson HG's to make my final guesses as to how to proceed to the next steps. I will try to have it done by next year. (M...a...y...b...e) 

     Fantastic looking instrument Mr Dennis the rabbit Mitchell.

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Thanks guys! I don't know about fast Pierre, I only get to work on it a few hours each week. I may bring it along to get some constructive criticism a few of you.
  Have faith Michael, it will be well worth the wait when you hear the first notes come from it!!!

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Dennis,

Hey that looks like a . . . Weiss!!

It looks great with the Z-poxy - that stuff really pops the grain and having used it on a number of instruments, I think a thin coat of Z-poxy as a grain filler under the final finish actually enhances the instruments acoustic sound.

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Thanks Dave! I put the first coat on with a plastic scraper, then hand rubbed it down as thin as possible. It's amazing how the Z Poxy brings out so much character in the wood. Fixing to put the second coat on tonight. then it's off to HGGV and spend the following week wandering slowly back to Texas.

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Finally got back to work on the Weissenborn. Got the fretboard bound with Koa, and used Rosewood for the position dots. Then glued it on tonight. Still have to cut the saddle and nut. Due to circustances I didn't quite see coming, I may have to cut the nut from ebony, or I suppose another chunk of Boadarc. Thoughts anyone?
  Plans are to start shooting the finish this weekend.

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     I used ebony for the nut on one of the classic guitars that I built in 1972 and the guitar sounds fine.  Is the problem that you need an oversize piece of bone for the nut slot you cut?  I bought a camel leg bone to cut up for odd and over size bone material requirements.
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i get cow femer bones at the meat dept in groc stores. but ebony sounds fine i think too!

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Tone, I thought it was you that said the bone you got smelled a little funny for awhile. Remembering that, I wanted a bone processed for carving. Maybe it wasn't you. Oh well..
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Yep...need an oversize thickness. So ebony may be the ticket. I got the saddle rough cut and thicknessed tonight, so all is well there (so far). Going to check the local guitar shop tomorrow to see what they have lying around. The fret board came out great! I had feared it moved on me, but the good ol' string check showed it dead center. Pic's will be up in a day or two.

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cool glad to hear it D!
yeah i may have mentioned that the cow bone smells bad... but mostly when its in airborn particle form such as sanding/cutting ... once it s formed and instaled it seemes to become reletivly oderless. i have never noticed it smelling rancid later.


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Dennis,

If you've cut the nut slot too wide then just cut some wood shims - either the same as the headstock or some contrasting purfling strips - and glue them on the headstock side of the nut slot until the nut you have fits. Then claim it as an intentional design feature

I've done this a few times.

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Hehehe....the fellow I'm working with suggested that today. We also considered a slight twist on that idea by configuring the nut much as you do the bridge and saddle. We shall see later this evening which direction it takes!


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sometimes i superglue a thin slice of ebony to the bone nut to fill in a gap, or raise up the action. but your prolly better off just getting a bigger bone chunk.
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Here's tonight's pics. Should be 80 degreees and around 40% humidity tomorrow. Sp it's time to shoot this puppy and get some strings on it!






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Nature was kind enough to provide a nice warm day with low humidity. So tomorrow I buff it down with 0000 steel wool and polish it out. Got the saddle and nut done. Cut a nice little piece of boadarc to set behind the nut.

Next project is going to be from GAL's Gibson L0 plans. Project #3?...hehehe, gonna keep that one under my hat until I sort it all out.  I fear there is no turning back once you start this lutherie stuff.


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And here she is! On the left is her sister guitar built by my friend Mike, who helped me through the project and taught me a lot about building guitars. Both share back and side sets cut from the same billet, and Mike's top came from it as well.


I still need to get some sort of finish (tongue oil perhaps?) on the bridge, and cut another nut. (The blank I used was a bit narrow. But it was handy, and I could go ahead and start playing this thing!) Volume on both instruments came about equal. Mine is a bit brighter in the top end, but just a bit. Tonally, it is not as warm as I had hoped, but that may change as it opens up. We shall see. Either way, I do like the sound, so I'm a happy camper. Those who mentioned this were right...There's something really cool about playing an instrument you built yourself!

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And I almost forgot to extend my thanks to all those who helped out with their experience, suggestions, materials, and ideas. I think I came out with a nice instrument for my first build. Thanks for the warm welcome/introduction into the adictive world of lutherie!

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WOW D,
looking really good
bet you ARE a happy camper!
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Dennis,

That looks fabulous - well done you!! Now we need to hear some sound clips.

Please take some photos when you are licking the bridge applying the tongue oil

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Thanks guys! Yeah, I'm a happy camper. It hasn't imploded yet, so this is a good sign. Now to decide when to go to heavier strings. Got 12-54's right now, but I have a set of Dobro 18-59's sitting here. Dang things look like bailing wire! I'm thinking more like going with 14's or 16's next. Once she opens up a bit, I'll try to figure out how to get some sound clips up. Sorry Dave, but around this crowd, there's NO WAY I'd put up pic's like that! So instead, I decided to use tung oil as a suitable substitue!




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wow that turned of great.

Dennis if you need a another saddle e-mail me . I had sugery this week
and when I feel better and get down to the shop i be happy to send you
one. just need the cut one a little over size for you so you have room.
just need you address again. might take about 2 weeks...but at less one coming...

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Thanks Ron, may do that in the near future. Hope you have a speedy recovery from surgery! Looks like my next build will be an Octave Mandolin instead of the L-0.

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Weissenborn update:
  Got brave and tossed a set of 18-59 strings on it (recommended for G tuning on Dobros). The tone is really nice, and it is easier to play than with the 12's. Once again, it hasn't imploaded...But, is showing some bellying between the bridge and fretboard. Nothing frightening, but it's there none the less. It was starting to show with 12-54's on it. I've heard this was somewhat normal on the original Weissenborns. And since this one is built from plans based on the original.......I turn to those with far more experience than I for your thoughts!


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OK...we'll keep a close eye on it and go get some lighter strings!

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