The Agape Guitars thread

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    Hey all,
    My name is Rich Chaffins. I'm a luthier from Morgantown, WV, building under the name Agape Guitars (pronounced uh-GAH-pay). I currently have 6 models that I build, and I do custom work as well. Here's a quick overview of some of my instruments.

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    St. Genevieve:

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    Most of the examples above are 6 string, but there are a couple 7s in there as well. And any model can be made a 7 (or 8, or whatever).
    As an example of my custom work, here's what I built for a gentleman who wanted a completely symmetrical body, a single coil-sized humbucker in the bridge position, and frets all the way up to it.

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    Currently working on my first multiscale, a Salome 7 for Brian:

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    That's it for now. Thanks for checking it out, and I look forward to getting to know you guys! :hbang:
     
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    ThePIGI King Death Will Reign

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    Those look great man!

    I really like all of the dots that wave around on the guitars and fretboard. Super cool.

    Welcome to the boards!
     
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    Love the Astrid shape. I also like how lively the grain is on a lot of your fretboards.
     
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    Those Tele's :yum:
     
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    My man. Long time no see. I've dealt with Rich in the past and can confirm his work is solid. He did the refinish for me on my previous DC800 (along with countless other guitar mods).

    Don't have the before shots unfortunately, but it was pretty rough around the edges and looked like someone keyed the back:

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    On top of quality work, he's a great guy to deal with and he really knows his stuff.

    I have no affiliation with him (if I have to add that disclaimer). Just a happy customer.
     
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    That Astrid tho! Welcome to the boards.
     
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    that astrid model looks amazing!
     
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    Glad to see you here, other than there :)
     
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    Thanks, all! The two Astrids pictured are the prototypes. Just got the 7 back from Paul Ozz, who kindly demoed it for me.




    Both the 6 and 7 Astrids are available and on sale over at my site here. :cool:
     
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    Hey guys n gals,
    Hope everyone is doing well. Here's a few pics of doin's around ye olde shoppe.
    Vincent's Astrid fresh off the router. This one is mahogany/quilted maple body, 3-piece mahogany neck, bocote fretboard.

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    Spalted maple pickguard for a custom project getting the shiny:

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    And Sebastian's custom semi-hollow project all inlaid and fretted:

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    Hey all,
    Just wanted to let you know that I'm currently running a sale on all stock guitars on my site! Both Astrid prototypes as well as the Giasemi prototype and two Eves! All ship in a MONO M80 case. Link to the site is here. The available guitars:


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    Details of each guitar are on the site. All guitars ship with a MONO M80 case. If you have questions, let me know. Once again, link to the site is here: Available
    Thanks!
     
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    Dude! Long time! Hope Ohio is treating you well! Thanks for the kind words, Broseph!:hbang:

    Neck coming along on Vincent's Astrid:

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    Giving the branding iron a workout today:

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    Super-comfy neck heel carved on Sebastian's custom semi-hollow:

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    So...what are you guys into today?
     
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    Getting a client's custom 5-string bass up and running. Black and white "tuxedo" vibe going on here.

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    Hey guys! The koa Eve is now sold, but there are still a couple Astrids and other models available! Sale is on my site here, and I'm open to offers!
     
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    New Eve strung up, and available. Zexcoil and McNelly pickups, Grover locking tuners. :hbang:

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    Digging the heel on Sebastian's custom. Mahogany body, rosewood neck, flamed maple accent:

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    Also, running a giveaway on my Facebook page for a free T-shirt. Look like this:

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    Link to my FB page is in my sig. Click on the Giveaway tab on the page, and you're off! :hbang:
     
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    Waiting on a couple of guitars to come back from finish, but got the heel on Brian's Salome 7 carved. Stringing her up tomorrow.
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    Also, got a demo video for the Astrid 6 prototype up. Check her out!

     
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    looks like some quality work...

    got some interesting designs too. i'll be keeping an eye on this thread.
     
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    Appreciate the kind words, man. Thanks!

    Got Brian's multiscale Salome 7 strung up to check things before finish. Already plays really well. 27"-25.5" fan, 7th fret perpendicular. Getting some BKP Juggernauts. Hipshot bridges/tuners.

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    One good thing about getting a guitar made for you? Getting the tummy cuts carved to fit you. Vincent came by the shop for fitting on his Astrid 6 this weekend. Here's the roughed out carve.

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    Also got Tim's blingtastic Eve out to him this weekend at the start of his summer tour. Happy guy. :hbang:

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    Got Sebastian's semi-hollow back from finish today. Let the assembly begin!

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