Custom Hartung Embrace build thread: It's Done!

Jazzandmore

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Excited to do this build thread. Never seen one devoted to Hartung guitars
before or even heard folks talk about them.

For me there is an artistic aesthetic to Frank's work that is captivating.
Take a look at his Facebook page sometime to see the amazing originality of
his vision. He's a one man shop and does it all himself, including the
finish. And the woods he selects really stand out to me.

Last year I decided that I would go for a Hartung, and had looked at a few
for sale overseas online. They looked great, but I believe you KNOW when
it's the one thing you want. I finally decided to look at his Wood Page just
to see what tops he had available. When I saw this top I was done, over,
finished, I knew it was for me. So last year I contacted him directly about
a build and paid the deposit.

Below are several pics, the first is the top as I saw it on his Wood Page.
In this picture, he had put the template over the piece to show what it
would look like if cut out. The second picture is the actual piece of wood.
Gorgeous in my opinion, but it has quirks which I think are really cool
about it. The next picture is the top now that he has started the build.

Quilted maple top, mahogany back, curly maple neck, ziricote fretboard (end
closed) and some awesome neck inlays and few other features to be revealed
as build goes on.

So excited about this!!!









 

stealthtastic

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Hartungs are absolutely amazing and yours will turn out great judging by your wood choices! My Caligo I picked up off my friend Jordan on here was flawlessly built. I couldn't jive with the neck as it was too Les Paulish for my taste, but I predict another in my future with specs I like.
 

Jazzandmore

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Hartungs are absolutely amazing and yours will turn out great judging by your wood choices! My Caligo I picked up off my friend Jordan on here was flawlessly built. I couldn't jive with the neck as it was too Les Paulish for my taste, but I predict another in my future with specs I like.
Very cool you've had one. I've hardly ever seen any TGP threads even mentioning his guitars, but they do look flawless.

It's funny, but I can't honestly say I've ever played a Les Paul. Plenty of players I like played LPs, but for some reason I never picked one up. For this guitar I asked Frank to use the spec from my Robben Ford Signature Fender Master Series because I really like the feel of that neck.

That Caligo is such an original design, can't wait to hear when you order one.
 

mxk116

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An exceptionally tasty morsel; can't wait to see it finished. Love Hartung's work. Like a great guitar player, his style is instantly recognizable. Subscribed!
 

Jazzandmore

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That is going to be a gorgeous guitar. I love the look of his work; it's very creative.
Yeah he really has an artists eye for his designs. And it seems like he gets some of the most incredible woods for tops.

An exceptionally tasty morsel; can't wait to see it finished. Love Hartung's work. Like a great guitar player, his style is instantly recognizable. Subscribed!
And as it cooks there will be some rather rare stylistic ingredients added to make it quite an exotic dish
 

Semitone

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I've been looking at Hartung's for a while. Someday, maybe I'll pick up a Diavolo. Good luck with your Embrace. You are giving a me a little GAS.
 

derekd

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I really like what Hartung is doing.

Beautiful guitars. Would love to get my hands on one.
 

Jazzandmore

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I've been looking at Hartung's for a while. Someday, maybe I'll pick up a Diavolo. Good luck with your Embrace. You are giving a me a little GAS.
Have you seen his Yin Yang Diavolo? Check the pics on his Facebook page and go back to see his Nov 2015 pic. Crazy cool!
 

ZoomP

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wow... just when I had doubt that mine are too pretty to be played... I am once again wow by his work!

What pickups are you going for?I have Ray Gerold pickups. Was not impressed at all, but really grew on me for versatility. The split coil tone pretty awesome!

 

Jazzandmore

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wow... just when I had doubt that mine are too pretty to be played... I am once again wow by his work!

What pickups are you going for?I have Ray Gerold pickups. Was not impressed at all, but really grew on me for versatility. The split coil tone pretty awesome!

So glad I started this thread, cool to talk to other Hartung owners. Never see his guitars mentioned here normally.

Wow that one is yours?! When I show people Frank's guitars on Google Images they always see yours, open that picture and Ooh and Aah over it :)

I was planning to go with the Gerold Sunbursts based on the tone I was hearing from Richie Arndt and another dude.

What tone do you go for that the Gerolds weren't nailing for you?

Glad you mentioned split coil. I almost always play one or both split and in middle position. Glad to hear you were digging the split coil sounds. Frank has also mentioned the Haussel's, and I have those in one guitar and they sound great.
 

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I love my Hurtung Embrace. If I had it to do over I would spec a few things a little differently. The finish on mine is the Pacific Blue Burst, and it leans a little green. I wish it was a little bluer. The frets are also a little thin - the height is fine but I wish they were a little wider. But these are very minor complaints. I was lukewarm on the Gerard pickups and have tried a couple different things. I currently have a set of WCR Godwoods in it now and am happy with those. I'll probably put the Gerards in there at some point to reevaluate them.

I would like to get another one someday with a tremolo. I was undecided on the first one and went with Frank's wrap-tail.

Enjoy the build process. It will be here before you know it. That top wood is absolutely fantastic on yours.

 




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