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A good friend of mine rescued a piece of what I have called quilted mahogany from being hurled on to a bonfire. At only 4" x 2" and only around 20" long, the fantastic grain pattern appeared only along the 2" edge. In order to get full benefit, I sawed it into about 3/8" strips and, eventually, the top of this instrument was the result.
The rest of the body is less striking mahogany that came from a bank that was being re-fitted. The body is semi-solid - having cavities routed and then the top skin glued on.
The pickup nearest the bridge is a modern replica of one of the earliest electric guitar pickups made by Rickenbacker in, I believe, 1931

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Very startling instrument, YStewart! I'm afraid that it's the wood keeping in the guitar you up at night!
 

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Let me join the chorus of people praising your work, Stewart! You did a fantastic job orienting the strips on the top so that the grain matched well, and appears symmetrical. This project is inspiring me to make the Thinline 12/6 string double-neck I've been dreaming about.
 

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Thanks for resurrecting this, Texasgaloot & for your comments.

Jim - Thanks to you too. Now, yours sounds like a real project! I really look forward to seeing that.
 

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I still can't get over how AWESOME this is… I hope my instuments can be that nice one day.
 

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Thanks very much alanealane. I just checked out your bass agian and it's sheer delight. You're there already!
 

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Incredible! The grain looks like you can reach right into it.

Rob
 
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