Official Bowes Guitars Thread - Works In Progress

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  1. canuck brian

    canuck brian Bowes Guitars Contributor

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    SFLx7 - 1.25 inch thin 7 string
    1 piece mahogany body core
    Bookmatched roasted figured birdseye maple top
    Solid roasted figured maple headstock
    Roasted figured maple fretboard
    5 piece neck - roasted figured maple with wenge stringers
    Bareknuckle Nailbombs in battleworn black
    Hipshot Hardware
    26 inch scale, 25 frets, 12-25 half scalloped
    Petrucci 3 way 1 volume

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    frahmans SS.org Regular

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    Cool. Does a roasted maple means you put the maple in the kiln dryer longer or in a special heating oven?
     
  3. canuck brian

    canuck brian Bowes Guitars Contributor

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    I've heard it referred to also as vulcanized maple.

    From Goodfellow's website:

    Roasted Wood is a wood that has been treated at a high temperature without chemicals. The treatment changes the features of the wood to suit the requirements of its use.

    The various temperatures and drying techniques used give the material new features such as a more decay-resistant surface, a lower risk of mould and a resistance to bending and cleaving, not to mention the beautiful dark color characteristic of roasted wood.

    Advantages of roasted wood:

    100% environmentally friendly
    Improved dimensional stability
    Uniform color
    Easy to process
     
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    MAJ Meadows SF on a tone quest

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    You learn something everyday. I'm pretty impressed that it has a lot more than just aesthetic appeal. It just makes freaking sense.
     
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    ElysianGuitars Vendor

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    I've also found it to be much easier to carve and sand than standard maple.
     
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    Cloudy Dunvegan Guitars Contributor

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    The twins

    Mad props again to Brian for making a seriously killer instrument. Do NOT hesitate to try out one of his guitars if you get the chance.

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  7. canuck brian

    canuck brian Bowes Guitars Contributor

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    C019 - Flex8 Fanned Fret 8 string Prototype

    26 -28 inch scale fanned fret, 26 frets, 12-26 half scallop
    Nordstrand Bowes Model Humbuckers
    1 piece mahogany body
    Purpleheart/figured maple neck w/ mahogany headstock overlay
    Rosewood Fretboard
    Petrucci 3 way
    250k CTS pot
    Threaded Output jack (you can tighten it with a quarter)
    Luminlay side dots
    ABM single string bridges
    Graphtech nut
    Hipshot tuners

    Few things I learned doing this one:

    Needed to increase the neck thickness in the pocket - I had to shave down two of the saddles on the ABMs as they're pretty much slammed. I'll be adding a little plate in on teh neck like I do on most other guitars I build to compensate for the current dimensions that the CNC cuts.

    Fretting at the 1st/2nd fret is somewhat bitchy unless the nut is considerably rounded off on the treble side.

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    canuck brian Bowes Guitars Contributor

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    Here be the proper pics. Dat back is soooooo tasty.

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    Jay Jillard I make things.

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    really hoping to see these two on saturday! looks great
     

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