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Online Norfolk Slim

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I built a guitar...
« on: September 26, 2017, 12:55:54 PM »
I started a foolhardy journey into the world of luthiery last January, having dabbled a little with tatty cigar boxes a couple of times previously. 

Yesterday I finally finished the thing.  I will probably still finesse the action somewhat- the saddle can probably be a bit lower.  However,  to my great pleasure (and some surprise), not only did it all hold together when I strung it up, but I think it sounds pretty good too.  It has a big powerful bass response that I wasn't really expecting to pull off on a first build.

Its all mahogany, with ebony fingerboard and bridge.  X braced, and based on plans in Jonathan Kinkade's excellent book on guitar making.  Kinkade happens to be fairly local to me and a friend of mine knows him and owns a couple of his guitars but I;ve not met him myself.  The neck is like a baseball bat.  My act of rebellion against the avalanche of horrible skinny necked things which fill the guitar shops :-)

Anyway- here it is... Some pictures, and a short video with various bits of noodling.




Offline Slack

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Re: I built a guitar...
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 01:02:07 PM »
Very cool Simon -- sounds good looks good!  It's like Christmas morning to finish a guitar... congratulations!

Offline Prof Scratchy

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Re: I built a guitar...
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2017, 01:04:34 PM »
It fair rings out! Looks good too!


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Re: I built a guitar...
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2017, 01:56:54 PM »
It looks and sounds good, and you sound good on it, Simon.  Congratulations!
All best,
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Re: I built a guitar...
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2017, 03:23:21 AM »
Great result Your Honour!

Offline Parlor Picker

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Re: I built a guitar...
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2017, 04:03:26 AM »
Well done, Simon. And playing it in will only enhance the sound.
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So glad good looks don't take you through this world."
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Offline bnemerov

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Re: I built a guitar...
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2017, 05:25:56 AM »
Good job Simon.
It does sound good and, being new, that's the worst it's gonna sound!
Couldn't help but notice you ran out of fret wire at the top end of the fingerboard. Maybe Santa will bring you some at Xmas.
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Re: I built a guitar...
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2017, 08:35:51 AM »
Hey congratulations! Building a guitar is a mighty hard job! That one sound terrific!
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Re: I built a guitar...
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2017, 08:59:31 AM »
Thanks folks.

I'm already thinking about what I want to build next..

Offline harvey

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Re: I built a guitar...
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2017, 02:37:49 PM »
You ordered it from someone and now pretending it is all your own work,  I know you far to well Norfolk  !

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Re: I built a guitar...
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2017, 06:25:50 AM »
You ordered it from someone and now pretending it is all your own work,  I know you far to well Norfolk  !

Fortunately we know you as well, Andrew. I know who to believe.  ;)
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