My son, John is building this 12 fret OOO for me.

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  1. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    My son John builds guitars in Durango Colorado. He is starting to get a lot of high profile clients playing them such as Mark O’Conner and Carl Minor. I bought this set of Brazilian rosewood in 1985 and now John is making what will be my favorite guitar out of it. 029B7949-CFBE-4542-88E5-18FADD49BCB8.jpeg 90D1FB73-7571-46CD-AB92-7F17D585815C.jpeg 041C04DD-BE00-4CAD-AAA3-4B1AAA4DBFA7.jpeg
     
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    Show pics when done! Wow, aged Brazilian rosewood *gulp
     
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    An actual scarf joint? That there is totally badass! :)
     
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    A big fan of the triple O. Best of luck!
     
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    I hope it exceeds all your dreams ;)
     
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    Fine, fine workmanship and artistry. It gives one a glimpse of hope for the future.
     
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    That isn’t a “scarf joint” but what some call a volute and we call a Nerk.

    In 1833 when Martin started in NY the headstock was grafted on to the neck with a dovetail joint at the headstock. Eventually Martin began to make one piece necks and left the nerk as a homage to the original headstock design. Martin still does this on many of their high end models and today it represents a sign of supreme craftsmanship because it’s pretty hard to make it and have it look perfectly symmetrical as well and being properly proportioned.

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    If a son could make that by hand then I think it already has even before I play it.
     
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    That's toooo cool!! I took a class and built a 000 twelve years ago. It weren't no Brazilian rosewood but good quality AAAA woods. I came out with an excellent guitar. I carved the neck for my preferred strong V, widdled the bracing for good bass, cut the bridge, frets and nut for excellent low action and gave it a French polish. It took me 14 weeks after which I decided it was much more fun to play guitars than build 'em and gave me a great appreciation for luthiers - like your son - and for why the prices of good hand-built acoustics are well into the thou's.
     
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    So it actually a dovetail joint. I got my terminology wrong, but knew the Martin history of what is also called a diamond. Both of my 28s have this feature.

    Did not know of the nerk name. :)

    The grain on that top (addi?) is stunning, as is the back.

    You must be exceedingly proud of your son.
     
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    Most Brazilian Rosewood is aged at this point with the ban and rules for when it must have been harvested. My Larrivee has Brazilian back and sides. It was built November of 1999 but the wood was cut in the early 60’s and bought in the 90’s by Larrivee. That is a beautiful set of Braz on Scott’s guitar there.
     
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    I bought that set of Brazilian in 1985 and it was cut in 1950.
     
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    Very nice! That’s gonna be one beautiful guitar.
     
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    A chip off the old block huh :)
     
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    I’m curious, do you have to keep paperwork and evidences of origin to work on such wood, or once in the country all is fair game ?

    Edit: oh and beautiful instrument ! You must be a proud Dad.
     
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    Yes most builders keep records. My Larrivee Brazilian dread came with paperwork showing the Braz was harvested pre CITES so I can travel with the guitar if I need to show customs.
     
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    Excellent work! That looks awesome so far please post finished pictures when done, thanks for sharing.
     
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    I do not have any paperwork on any of my rosewood. My only evidence here is my word.

    I’m am really proud of John and all he has accomplished as a luthier.