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Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:57 pm
by Chuck Tweedy
Hey Guys. I finished this classical and thought I'd share.
It is Englemann spruce over black walnut. Randy Roberts will recognize this wood.
In general, pretty much everything went right with this build *GASP*, when does that ever happen!?
It sounds good, feels good, looks good - its a winner.
Thanks for looking.

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:00 pm
by Barry Daniels
Nice Chuck. How about a closeup of the rosette?

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:14 pm
by Bryan Bear
Beautiful work!

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:16 pm
by Andy Bounsall
Very nice. I love walnut. :)

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:05 pm
by Peter Wilcox
That is a beautiful guitar. What is that black/white stripe at the nut end of the tuner slots?

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:48 pm
by Karl Wicklund
That's just a perfect piece of walnut. We milled up some last week. I had high hopes for a couple logs to be figured, but though the grain was interesting it wasn't flamed.

+1 on a close up of rosette/purfling.

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:52 pm
by Chuck Tweedy
Barry, THIS is a decent shot of the rosette. It is the first classical rosette I've ever made from scratch. I'm very happy with it. I'm a fan of simple but bold classical rosettes.

Peter, the black/white stripes you see are the interruption of the headstock veneers on the ramp. I have a sandwich of black, white, walnut as you go up in the headstock layers. The neck is Spanish cedar.

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:55 pm
by Clay Schaeffer
Lovely guitar. I like the peghead design. Two questions - are those Gilbert tuners and what kind of wood did you use for the neck? Are you still doing your F.P over sprayed method of finishing?

I am finishing up a "semi-classical" guitar. It has a radiused fretboard and a narrower string spacing. I tried a new bracing scheme I thought would give a better balance bass to treble. When I strung it up last night I thought it was the worst sounding guitar I ever built. Today it sounds a little better. Win some/lose some.

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:08 pm
by Peter Wilcox
Chuck Tweedy wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:52 pm
Peter, the black/white stripes you see are the interruption of the headstock veneers on the ramp. I have a sandwich of black, white, walnut as you go up in the headstock layers. The neck is Spanish cedar.
That's what I thought, but I couldn't see them in the pic. Now that I look closely I can see them, but I guess because they are thin they are low contrast and not readily visible as black and white (in the photo).

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:50 pm
by Chuck Tweedy
THIS is the wood - FYI. MAN! 7 years ago.

Peter, I was looking for a better picture of the headstock to show the veneer lines, but i really don't have one - :-(

Clay, they are Gilbert tuners - Very nice. They were spec'ed by the client. Neck is Spanish Cedar - with an 1/8" x 3/8" carbon fiber rod. This guitar also did not sound "great" upon first stringing, not bad but - strange. It really opened up a LOT in just 2 days.

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:35 am
by Clay Schaeffer
When I picked up the guitar this morning it sounded much better. The sound seemed much more "focused" today. It is pretty well balanced and pleasant sounding, but also somewhat "quiet". It has been awhile since I've built a nylon string guitar. They seem to take longer to develop their sound. I wonder what is really going on that makes an instrument "open up" as we say? Are there physical changes in the wood over just a few days? Do the stresses somehow redistribute themselves?
I remember watching that video you linked some time ago. The years have quickly flown by! I would be curious to know what people have been up to. Perhaps a thread could be started in the jam session - kind of a virtual "class reunion" of contributors to the forum.

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:23 pm
by Bryan Bear
Clay Schaeffer wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:35 am
I would be curious to know what people have been up to. Perhaps a thread could be started in the jam session - kind of a virtual "class reunion" of contributors to the forum.
That sure would be neat to see. I wonder how that would work; how would we get people to comeback and check in?

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:01 pm
by Chuck Tweedy
that's the hard part - i almost never check Jam, and i only check-in every few weeks or so. :-/

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:22 am
by Bill Raymond
Hey Chuck, nice job on that classical!

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:41 am
by Peter Wilcox
Chuck Tweedy wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:01 pm
that's the hard part - i almost never check Jam, and i only check-in every few weeks or so. :-/
I check the forum pretty much daily - just go to the quick links button in the upper left and check new posts. Just takes a few seconds and I can see if there's anything I'm interested in.

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:53 pm
by Darrel Friesen
That's one fine looking guitar Chuck!

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:10 pm
by Marc Boyd
Beautiful work, Chuck! I enjoyed watching the resawing video as well.

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:20 am
by Jo Dusepo
Great work!

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:54 pm
by Matthew Lau
Hey Chuck,

You're a winner. Nice work.

Re: Walnut Classical - Chuck Tweedy

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:02 pm
by Sean Eric Howard
Beautiful instrument.