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Re: Batwoman's Road Case
« Reply #45 on: March 10, 2018, 08:28:41 pm »
Isn't it lovely to see craftsmanship like this in this world of mass produced rubbish?
 That is going to be a superb guitar, good on you.
 I understand the sentiment of "I'm not good enough for this guitar" as I've  just bought my beautiful Gibson and I had reservations as I'm not very good but like you I said bugger it! Obviously I'm not saying you are not very good!
 Can't wait to see the next instalment.

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Re: Batwoman's Road Case
« Reply #46 on: March 11, 2018, 12:03:19 am »
Isn't it lovely to see craftsmanship like this in this world of mass produced rubbish?
That is going to be a superb guitar, good on you.
I understand the sentiment of "I'm not good enough for this guitar" as I've  just bought my beautiful Gibson and I had reservations as I'm not very good but like you I said bugger it! Obviously I'm not saying you are not very good!
Can't wait to see the next instalment.

Pete is a superb craftsman. He is so precise and meticulous with every aspect and he hand crafts every single element. He comes from a long line of woodworkers. He still uses some of his grandfathers tools.  I love listening to him as he talks about the timbers he has. He knows them like family, can describe their state, how much longer they'll need to age, their qualities and potential etc. I also love going in to his studio. What a bower birds nest! There's always interesting stringed instruments waiting to be repaired.

I hope you enjoy every second of your beautiful Gibson Zedhead, don't let the demons take that away from you. Having a laugh at you explaining your comment  ;D

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Re: Batwoman's Road Case
« Reply #47 on: March 20, 2018, 02:02:09 am »
Just back from seeing Pete.

I'm increasingly impressed with his attention to detail and the lengths he goes to to produce a fine instrument. For example, he doesn't just glue in the bracing then go on to the next stage. He tunes the bracing to get maximum sound and quality of tone from the soundboard by tapping it, listening and then shaving the braces a little here and there till he has the optimum sound. He told me that some luthiers use an electronic tuner to tune to a specific note, others use sand on the top of the soundboard. He prefers to use his ears and years of experience. As I watch him handle the guitars, I suspect there is an intuitive knowing there as well. He's tuned my guitar to produce a full, warm, rich bass as he knows that's my preference. He does it first thing in the morning when his hearing hasn't been assaulted by machinery. This is just one of the things he explained.  I have great respect for this artist and craftsman.

Work yet to be done on the Kwila fingerboard. You can see where the fret wires will go. Isn't the silky oak rosette inlay just so beautiful?


This devise (can't remember what he called it) is used to measure the depth of the fret wire inset


Pete sanding the neck


Looking down the neck.


View from other end. I love her neat little bum inlay.


This neck feels like a part of me. He takes great care to fit the neck to the guitarist. After Pete looked at it in my hand he decided he's take a whisker off the sides, flatten the curve. It's a C shaped neck. She is so light to hold.


If he can get a few days with lower humidity, she should be finished next week.






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Re: Batwoman's Road Case
« Reply #48 on: March 20, 2018, 03:13:17 am »
Outstanding!!!!


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Re: Batwoman's Road Case
« Reply #49 on: March 20, 2018, 07:39:03 am »
oh my  :)

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Re: Batwoman's Road Case
« Reply #50 on: March 20, 2018, 08:01:28 am »
Wow Mrs B that is looking really cool. By your narrative Pete sounds like true artist who really cares for his work, not just banging out instruments as quick as he can. Seems a very Zen like approach. And you both look good together, anyone would have thought it was made for you  ;)

Can't wait to see the next stage. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Batwoman's Road Case
« Reply #51 on: March 20, 2018, 10:29:39 am »
It’s looking absolutely outstanding, also nice to put a face to a name 👍👍👍
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Re: Batwoman's Road Case
« Reply #52 on: March 20, 2018, 03:13:37 pm »
Nearly there!!

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Re: Batwoman's Road Case
« Reply #53 on: March 21, 2018, 11:24:10 am »
True craftmanship is always worth while, waiting for.

Have fun playing when she's ready!
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Re: Batwoman's Road Case
« Reply #54 on: March 23, 2018, 08:03:09 pm »
Beautiful and am looking forward to hearing it played - and seeing photos of it when it's finished.
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Re: Batwoman's Road Case
« Reply #55 on: March 24, 2018, 04:02:09 pm »
lookin' awesome already!
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« Reply #56 on: March 24, 2018, 11:29:06 pm »
very cool  8)
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Re: Batwoman's Road Case
« Reply #57 on: March 28, 2018, 11:08:54 pm »
Can’t wait to see this finished!!


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Re: Batwoman's Road Case
« Reply #58 on: April 11, 2018, 01:32:26 am »
In two more sleeps I'll have my new new guitar  :) :) :) :)

Pete has been delayed by the high humidity which prevented him from spraying the protective layers. He's fine tuning the details eg tweaking the hand carved bone bridge and nut etc and giving it 'a chance to settle in'.

He said he's so pleased with it he might keep it for himself and make me another one  ;D ;D ;D

I'm mildly excited.  ;)

He sent me these


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Re: Batwoman's Road Case
« Reply #59 on: April 11, 2018, 03:43:22 am »
Wow!!  Just WOW!!!


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