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Unread 05-26-2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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Talking JP guitars - Portuguese custom 7 in the works (tasty pics inside)

This is a long time wish of mine, a brainchild I've been putting together in my mind for ages now. Now that I've found d right luthier, it's gaining shape.

After a very disappointing effort from a british builder that led to a long process, cash back, no replies and no guitar, I made d change to a very talented and extremely professional craftsman, couldn't be happier.

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Be sure to check out his work.
He did a great job reinventing the Portuguese guitar, a traditional twelve-string guitar.
I also recommend you take a look at some of d pictures of an instrument he built for Blasted Mechanism, a two-necked beast.
I have no relation with it, but if you want any more info on the custom shop let me know.

Back on topic, I call this project fix-a-(popular-model-I'll-update-later)
I'll be revealing the specs as I post new photos of d building process.
For now:

7string e-guitar
Kxk inspired headstock design
neck-thru construction
7pc neck, bubinga (4) Black Chacate (3)
High grade swamp ash body
Curly redwood top








Hope you like it as much as I do.

Thanks for reading, stay tuned!
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Unread 05-26-2012, 10:18 PM   #2
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Really solid specs, and beautiful wood. I've been dying to see someone use Chacate Prieto on a guitar, and combined with bubinga it's going to make one hell of a neckthrough.

Can't wait to see more of this build!

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Unread 05-27-2012, 12:04 AM   #3
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Really digging that headstock shape! Very cool. Also beautiful wood you got there.

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Unread 05-27-2012, 12:33 PM   #4
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dat flamed redwood....
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thanks folks!
I wouldn't expect people to know of chacate preto, cool.
It's a fairly rare wood, considered precious, this particular batch is from Mozambique, a small batch I had d luck to get.
I expect it to be somewhere between wengue and ebony tonewise, very hard wood, high density, nice lustrous touch, gonna be a solid, fast neckthru.

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Wow, that's going to be one gorgeous guitar! I'm excited to see how it turns out.
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Unread 05-27-2012, 01:08 PM   #7
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I read a lot about woods, lol.
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The top is awesome! Looking forward to seeing this come to shape.
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Nice woods!

Where is JP from, Algarve?

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awesome specs and wood, lovin the redwood
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Joao Pessoa is based in Olhao, Algarve, yes.
I'm gonna be paying him a visit in a few weeks to have d final neck shape made to my exact specifications, that's beyond awesome.

I was impressed myself with d depth in that top, and Like mister scherzo which watches tonewood blogs instead of porn like the rest of us, I did a lot of research on curly redwood and can't remember seeing one so "alive":P
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Once again, can't wait to see more pics of this build.

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I was impressed myself with d depth in that top, and Like mister scherzo which watches tonewood blogs instead of porn like the rest of us, I did a lot of research on curly redwood and can't remember seeing one so "alive":P
I'm a big fan of redwood. I've got a sinker redwood top on one of my guitars, and I'm fairly certain I'll use one again.

and, I'll just leave this here for you.
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Unread 05-28-2012, 11:25 PM   #13
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its lookin good...

...the headstock shape is nice too.

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wow! those redwood slabs are wild!
I just love mine for how perfectly even and symmetrical d curl is, you just don't get that everyday.

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Unread 06-15-2012, 10:27 PM   #15
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I've been updated twice since my last post, so I'm letting you guys know how she's looking today.
Body wings have been cut to d general shape of d guitar.
Necktru glued to d wings.
Top treated and ready to be glued.
At d moment I'm waiting for d right fretboard, gonna be something special =)

So... here she his:



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That HS shape is winrar, as the kids say!
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That HS shape is winrar, as the kids say!
Strange, I never say that.


Oh...


But yes I definitely agree, that is a very nice headstock shape.

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Wood blogs.....?
Is that a certain KIND of porn website?
yeah, and sounds like gay porn as well, ahah


I'm glad you guys like it, I'm gonna keep you updated on d remaining specs.
Fretboard is ordered already.

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So...

I haven't been updating this thread because the construction has been interrupted, 'till now.
The reason to this is that customs are screwing with me and my luthier, long story short We've ordered two different fretboards and none has reached us in over a month...

In the meanwhile, just as the board is arriving it came to me I should let you guys know what have been done so far.

Most of the woodwork in now completed, all woods but the head veneer and fretboard are glued in place, electronic cavities drilled, general body shape done, and most exciting the carved on the top is sculpted.

I'd like to reveal more specs, I will as they come into place, anyways you can already sort out a couple of things.

H-H configuration
plenty of electronics
some sort of fixed bridge
inspirations for the body shape (?)

I'm excited to have this in my hands, the body contours turned out better than I expected.

Here are some pics, as promised, stay tuned, more to come, soooooon!




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Quick update, just got some more photos from the luthier, love the figuring on the top and all the nice details on the bevels

He's now working on binding and inlays.
Oh... and arm wrestling customs for my fretboard.


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Quick update, just got some more photos from the luthier, love the figuring on the top and all the nice details on the bevels
Amazing top, that guitar will be sweeeeeet
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Long due update:

Finally won the battle with customs and recieved a couple of nice ziricote boards.

The black box marks the fretboard size and the particular part I've picked.

The luthier suggested that portion of the board, what do you think?




This should be moving quite fast now, so expect developments soon.
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The luthier suggested that portion of the board, what do you think?
That would be an extremely sexy fretboard sir!
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