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    Tiocfáidh ár Lá jfmckenna's Avatar
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    My Latest Guitar

    My latest one which is a Selmer/Macafarri copy. I've been building guitars for about 20 years now but never attempted one of these strange little one's. A friend of mine plays one exceptionally well and I've always loved the Gypsy Jazz style. If you don't play one of these guitars the right way then they just don't sound right. What a fun guitar to build and now even more fun to play. I'm now learning arpeggios and some really weird jazz chords. Enjoy the pics:







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    very nice.....
    cedar top?

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    Fine amazonian hardwood, niiiiiice!
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    Yeah it's a cedar top. The neck is Walnut and the back and sides are laminated Rosewood (probably East Indian) and Mahogany. It's a weird little guitar. You can't boom chucka country or blues on it, just sounds like crap. But solo over some jazz chords and it's punchy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfmckenna View Post
    Yeah it's a cedar top. The neck is Walnut and the back and sides are laminated Rosewood (probably East Indian) and Mahogany. It's a weird little guitar. You can't boom chucka country or blues on it, just sounds like crap. But solo over some jazz chords and it's punchy.
    Is that due to the bracing or the saddle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    Is that due to the bracing or the saddle?
    Probably a combination of the two but mostly due to the bracing. It uses a ladder bracing as opposed to the Martin style X-brace. Maccaferri was really an incredible designer and also a virtuoso on guitar. He designed this guitar when there were no electronics for guitars so it had to cut through the rest of the band. He designed it to be loud at the expense of sustain or any kind of sweetness you get in a Martin style guitar. They are really loud and can almost be thought of as percussive.

    Here's a pic of the braces:

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    cool
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    Quote Originally Posted by bones_mcbones View Post
    Fine amazonian hardwood, niiiiiice!
    "Fine Corinthian leather!" [/ricardomontalban]

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    Wow. That's awesome and amazing.

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    So many talented cottage industries we seldom see nowadays.

    Oh.. and Chris's photoshop extravaganzas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bones_mcbones View Post
    cool
    I just hate to agree with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    I just hate to agree with you.
    He is a scary left dude in the other joint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spry View Post
    He is a scary left dude in the other joint.
    I prefer to drink with Rube in here.
    I really don't do P&R because I know my opinions are the most correct and do not accept disagreement.

    I'm referring to TH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    I really don't do P&R because I know my opinions are the most correct and do not accept disagreement.

    I'm referring to TH.
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    What are we looking at string-wise there? If it can handle them, I'd drop a set of silk and steels on that thing in a heartbeat.

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    Those strings are designed for that type of guitar. I'm really not sure what the story is behind them but they are close to silk and steel but more like electric guitar strings. They are 10-44 so they are actually quite similiar in gauge to electric strings. Feels like an electric guitar playing it.
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    beautiful instrument. Loud and no sustain sounds like my banjo ukulele. My banjo ukulele is a LOUD sucker with NO sustain at all. When I busk with my regular ukulele's I need to amplify the sound but I can take the banjo ukulele busking with no amplification at all and be easily heard.

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    I need to talk to you sometime about maybe building me a jumbo Dreadnaught body guitar that's all solid wood, no laminate, and a nitroacetate laquer finish. Sitka Spruce top and mahogany and some nice inlays, perhaps. No pickguard, and classicallly strung with a parquet inlay around the sound hole and a cutaway design for the upper frets above 12th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    I need to talk to you sometime about maybe building me a jumbo Dreadnaught body guitar that's all solid wood, no laminate, and a nitroacetate laquer finish. Sitka Spruce top and mahogany and some nice inlays, perhaps. No pickguard, and classicallly strung with a parquet inlay around the sound hole and a cutaway design for the upper frets above 12th.
    think about going redwood rather than sitka.....seriously. I've heard nothing but praise for redwood soundboards.

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    that is really cool.. i wish i could do that.
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    Beautiful.

    We need a You Tube of you playing Stairway on it.

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    No no no... No Stairway, denied

    I've only built one guitar with redwood, a Spanish guitar, and I was quite pleased with the tone. I hear it's pretty nice on a steel string too but it would be very different then Sitka which is more brittle, metallic, and louder overall. I love Sitka on a steel string guitar.

    Tom any time, you know how to reach me. Typically guitar finishes are nitrocellulose lacquer I have not heard of nitroacetate. Is there a particular reason you have that in mind? Incidentally I almost exclusively do a French Polish finish now unless of course some one wants something else. I used to do nitrocellulose lacquer then switched to a water base because it's so much more safe to handle, better for the environment yadda yadda and then started French Polish. The water base was never really good IMO, always a bit cloudy though many luthiers swear by it I could never get it right. nitrocellulose lacquer always looks good. French Polish is more difficult but IMO the very best looking finish and it's super thin so it doesn't add any weight to the top of the guitar.
    If you don't talk to your cat about catnip, who will? =^.^=

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    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfmckenna View Post
    No no no... No Stairway, denied

    I've only built one guitar with redwood, a Spanish guitar, and I was quite pleased with the tone. I hear it's pretty nice on a steel string too but it would be very different then Sitka which is more brittle, metallic, and louder overall. I love Sitka on a steel string guitar.

    Tom any time, you know how to reach me. Typically guitar finishes are nitrocellulose lacquer I have not heard of nitroacetate. Is there a particular reason you have that in mind? Incidentally I almost exclusively do a French Polish finish now unless of course some one wants something else. I used to do nitrocellulose lacquer then switched to a water base because it's so much more safe to handle, better for the environment yadda yadda and then started French Polish. The water base was never really good IMO, always a bit cloudy though many luthiers swear by it I could never get it right. nitrocellulose lacquer always looks good. French Polish is more difficult but IMO the very best looking finish and it's super thin so it doesn't add any weight to the top of the guitar.
    Nitroacetate is aka nitrocellulose....the same thing, different name. It not only looks good, it's also acoustically transparent. After 50 years or so, it also gets that vintage "Gibson Finish" look, with the patina and microcracks.
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    Are you the same Mckenna from the resonator site?
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    Quote Originally Posted by b_young View Post
    Are you the same Mckenna from the resonator site?
    No I am not the same one. Never attempted a resonator guitar before... hmmm giving me some ideas now.
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