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Jun 22, 2022 12:51:28   #
Just Fred Loc: Darwin's Waiting Room
 
Eighteen months ago I began working with a luthier to create the guitar of my dreams. No item was left unexamined. Wood types, fretboard inlays, neck and body dimensions, fret sizes, tuners, electronics, everything. Yesterday, it arrived. I let it sit overnight to acclimate it, and then this morning opened it like a kid at Christmas.

It's perfect. For me, anyway. And that's all that matters.

I haven't had a chance to take its "official portrait" yet, but I just have to share.

Even the case is brand-new!
Even the case is brand-new!...
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This is the study for what I hope will become the "official portrait"
This is the study for what I hope will become the ...
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Swiss Spruce top and figured Maple back and sides
Swiss Spruce top and figured Maple back and sides...
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Another "portrait" study
Another "portrait" study...
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Detail (no, that's not a scratch near the neck join. It's probably lens cruft)
Detail (no, that's not a scratch near the neck joi...
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Maple back and sides
Maple back and sides...
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"Modern Art" fretboard inlays
"Modern Art" fretboard inlays...
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Group photo for size comparison: L: Taylor Builder's Edition 652ce (12-fret 12-string Grand Concert), R: Taylor GS Mini-e Koa
Group photo for size comparison: L: Taylor Builder...
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Jun 22, 2022 13:07:48   #
NMGal Loc: NE NM
 
A beautiful instrument.

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Jun 22, 2022 13:14:31   #
tramsey Loc: Texas
 
Beautiful photos of a beautiful instrument - Are you going to play it on you tube so I can hear it??

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Jun 22, 2022 13:18:59   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
As a guitarist, I can really appreciate the beauty of that instrument. Fine photos, too.

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Jun 22, 2022 13:29:04   #
steve_stoneblossom Loc: Rhode Island, USA
 
Wishing you many years of enjoyment!

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Jun 22, 2022 13:35:14   #
MSW
 
pretty!

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Jun 22, 2022 13:41:48   #
One Rude Dawg Loc: Athol, ID
 
Just Fred wrote:
Eighteen months ago I began working with a luthier to create the guitar of my dreams. No item was left unexamined. Wood types, fretboard inlays, neck and body dimensions, fret sizes, tuners, electronics, everything. Yesterday, it arrived. I let it sit overnight to acclimate it, and then this morning opened it like a kid at Christmas.

It's perfect. For me, anyway. And that's all that matters.

I haven't had a chance to take its "official portrait" yet, but I just have to share.
Eighteen months ago I began working with a luthier... (show quote)


I don't play , the quality of this piece of art work just jumps out at you. A person wouldn't even have to play it, just sit and look at it. Very nice. You are lucky to have such a wonderful instrument.

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Jun 22, 2022 13:41:58   #
Amator21 Loc: California
 
Just Fred wrote:
Eighteen months ago I began working with a luthier to create the guitar of my dreams. No item was left unexamined. Wood types, fretboard inlays, neck and body dimensions, fret sizes, tuners, electronics, everything. Yesterday, it arrived. I let it sit overnight to acclimate it, and then this morning opened it like a kid at Christmas.

It's perfect. For me, anyway. And that's all that matters.

I haven't had a chance to take its "official portrait" yet, but I just have to share.
Eighteen months ago I began working with a luthier... (show quote)


Great craftmanship. A object of beauty. How does it sound?
Poul.

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Jun 22, 2022 13:47:11   #
leftj Loc: Texas
 
Just Fred wrote:
Eighteen months ago I began working with a luthier to create the guitar of my dreams. No item was left unexamined. Wood types, fretboard inlays, neck and body dimensions, fret sizes, tuners, electronics, everything. Yesterday, it arrived. I let it sit overnight to acclimate it, and then this morning opened it like a kid at Christmas.

It's perfect. For me, anyway. And that's all that matters.

I haven't had a chance to take its "official portrait" yet, but I just have to share.
Eighteen months ago I began working with a luthier... (show quote)


That is indeed a thing of beauty. Enjoy it.

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Jun 22, 2022 14:00:16   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
Just Fred wrote:
Eighteen months ago I began working with a luthier to create the guitar of my dreams. No item was left unexamined. Wood types, fretboard inlays, neck and body dimensions, fret sizes, tuners, electronics, everything. Yesterday, it arrived. I let it sit overnight to acclimate it, and then this morning opened it like a kid at Christmas.

It's perfect. For me, anyway. And that's all that matters.

I haven't had a chance to take its "official portrait" yet, but I just have to share.
Eighteen months ago I began working with a luthier... (show quote)


Magnificent creation - and great shots of it 🟡💛🎇💛🟡

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Jun 22, 2022 14:08:17   #
imagemeister Loc: Stuart, Florida
 
A gorgeous guitar - has all the good stuff - love the tiger maple and humbucker ! .....thanks for sharing

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Jun 22, 2022 15:09:15   #
Just Fred Loc: Darwin's Waiting Room
 
tramsey wrote:
Beautiful photos of a beautiful instrument - Are you going to play it on you tube so I can hear it??


Thank you. I feel like the YouTube question deserves one of those disingenuous political-type answers: Not knowingly.

But you deserve better, so here's what's behind my answer: I do play live almost every week. As I understand it, the performances are recorded and broadcast live on YouTube. Whether they persist there or not is not known to me. I've never bothered to check.

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Jun 22, 2022 15:24:33   #
Just Fred Loc: Darwin's Waiting Room
 
imagemeister wrote:
A gorgeous guitar - has all the good stuff - love the tiger maple and humbucker ! .....thanks for sharing


Yessir, it checks all the boxes for me. At the last minute, my luthier wrote me that it was a "fun little guitar to play." He then went on to say he thought it would benefit from a small sound port on the left shoulder of the bout. I wasn't sure, but he's never steered me wrong, so we went ahead and added it.

The pickup is a Bare Knuckles PAF, color-matched to the tuning hardware (Gotoh 510s 21:1). I've gone over this guitar with a fine tooth comb and the attention to detail is remarkable! Nothing isn't perfectly fit, incomplete, missing or otherwise flawed.

I'm keeping it!

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Jun 22, 2022 16:08:06   #
tradio Loc: Oxford, Ohio
 
That's a beauty!

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Jun 23, 2022 05:43:21   #
alawry Loc: Timaru New Zealand
 
Best of all it's a one off, and your own specs. I had a bicycle the same, probably no better than off the shelf but got to choose the tubing, lugs, fittings, my Initials in the serial number. I have guitar friends and they love it.

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