Little Red Neck

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Project by Hersh posted 03-26-2008 02:33 AM 2466 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

‘Little Red Neck’ is what I call the guitar I built while I was living and working at Denali National Park Alaska. The guitar was made in my friend’s Luither shop, where many fine instruments were made over many years. And yes this little guitar plays and sounds excellent.

Materials: Top=Sitka Spruce (Alaskan of course), Sides and Back=Indian Rosewood, Neck=Mahogany, Saddle, Top Nut and Bridge pins=Real Ivory, All Inly work=Mother of pearl, Fret Board=Mcasser Ebony.

Why do I call this guitar Little Red Neck you ask? Here’s the story. During the finish process, it was time to stain the mahogany neck. Being in the Mckinly Village area near Denali Nationl Park, we were 125 miles from a loaf of bread, let a hardware store. ‘Legs’ (my friend with the shop and the Luthier) said, “The only stain we have in the shop is red leather stain, but it will work just fine.” Upon applying the stain to the neck it immediatly turned bright blood red. I wiped it off as best as I could and the color began to turn a reddish brown. Over time it has really turned a lovely brown; however, In bright sunlight it can still look very distinctive red. That’s why this guitar is Little Red neck.

The Rosette (around the sound hole) is also Indian Rosewood, inlaid with Mother of Pearl Diamonds. I worked on this instrument off and on for 3 years. I have learned so much from my good friend Legs. That’s why I need my shop. I need to continue to build and wok with turning some pieces of wood and some strings into fine musical instruments.


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

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#1 posted 03-26-2008 02:37 AM

now that is a nice guitar. I’ll have to send this one to my cousin pat. he’s a guitar player.

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#2 posted 03-26-2008 03:11 AM

i have already seen it denny and itsssssss…..........................its…......................AMAZING

-- check out my amazing woodburning , Pat

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#3 posted 03-26-2008 03:11 AM

Hersh, you did a great job building this guitar. The detail is fantastic….... I can play ‘em….. but I can’t build ‘em. Beautiful guitar.

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#4 posted 03-26-2008 03:14 AM

Very nice looking guitar. Lots of great detail.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 03-26-2008 03:46 AM

Really like the guitar. I want to try this myself one day. Thanks for sharing it and welcome!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#6 posted 03-26-2008 03:58 AM

My birthday’s in June.

-- Jason, AL

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#7 posted 03-26-2008 05:27 AM

mighty fine looking guitar.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 03-26-2008 07:33 AM

Very Very nice. As a guitar player I appreciate the detailed bindings.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#9 posted 03-26-2008 01:26 PM

Hi Hersh,

This is a gorgeous guitar and I love the rosewood. It is such a gorgeous wood.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 03-26-2008 02:20 PM

That is the sweetest redneck I’ve ever seen.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#11 posted 03-26-2008 03:56 PM

Hersh, I play a bit myself and I gotta tell you… that is one of the finest looking instruments I’ve ever seen. Just looking at it leaves me itching to pick it up and see if it sounds as sweet as it looks. I guess I’ll just have to take your word for it. <g>

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 03-26-2008 05:26 PM

Thanks for the good words. You can trust me, it is as sweet as it looks. I have had a lot pickers try to buy it from me, but that won’t happen.

Thanks again,

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

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#13 posted 03-29-2008 01:04 AM

Awesome job!

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#14 posted 03-29-2008 02:47 PM

Looks great to me. It appears to be based on the Martin OM, right? You play it fingerstyle?

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#15 posted 03-29-2008 06:29 PM

Thanks for taking a look at my guitar. It’s not exactly like the OM or the any the “0” series of Martin. It is an original design by my friend Lawrance (Legs) Alice. It’s more like a scaled down “D” with a neck that has 12 frets to the body. The body depth is deeper than an OM. I picked this size from all the forms that Legs had in his shop. I figured that if I built this guitar and learned to play, I would have a good Dreadnought size guitar as well. And, I do have several now.

I’m not a finger picker. I play around with finger picking, but I’m more of flatpicker and rhythm picker. I play and do a little singing with the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Assoc., Distrrict 15, here in my local area of WA. Lot’s of great people and tons and tons of really great tunes.
Are you a picker?

Thanks again for looking,

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

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