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Thread: Mahogany and Spruce Baritone with Rope Binding - Picture Set

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    Default Mahogany and Spruce Baritone with Rope Binding - Picture Set

    This was a leisury build that I did as a spec. instrument over the slow down during the holiday season and summer break here in Australia.

    A 20" scale lenght baritone. Brazillian Mahogany and Sitka Spruce with rope bindings. SuppleJack (Australian hardwood) fret board, bridge and head plate veneers.

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    Last edited by Allen; 01-21-2020 at 08:59 PM.

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    Another beautiful build, Allen ... great work.

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    As always, a beautiful instrument. It's not hard to see why mahogany has long been a popular choice for guitars/ukes.

    It's the first time that I have seen you have used a rope binding. I think you usually make your own binding/purfling: did you make this rope binding?

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    And how did you bend that stuff. Looks fabulous!
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    That rope binding is awesome!!

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    I had a run of rope binding made up about 12 years ago from Gurian Instruments to my specs for some Weisenborn guitars I was building. Have only used it on one other Baritone size Tenor guitar since then.

    To help keep it together it's made up with a black veneer on one edge and Koa on the other. You then have a choice to what thin purfling color you want next to the soundboard. Koa pretty much disappears, black gives you just a very thin line. I prefer to use the black as it give just a bit of contrast.

    It's a real challenge to bend and install. Far more difficult than more traditional bindings. It will often want to split apart at the seams of the tiles on tight bends. Those areas can be filled with sanding dust and CA to be invisible on the dark tiles. Thats why the pattern is like it is. Never two light colors next to each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen View Post
    It's a real challenge to bend and install.
    I'll bet it is... I am not worthy.

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    The rosette is quite intriguing. Is there a story behind it? Head-stock profile is provocative as well. I wish I could afford such a luxurious gem!
    Last edited by ukeanixi; 01-27-2020 at 02:41 PM. Reason: nothing special

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeanixi View Post
    Lovely rope purfling, brilliant! The rosette is quite intriguing. Is there a story behind it? Head-stock profile is provocative as well. As Sequoia mentioned, I'm sure it's quite dear; I wish I could afford such a luxurious gem!
    I've been building in this style and evolving it for 12 years. Art Deco themes are my favorite.

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