This has been a highly enjoyable and educational journey. The raw emotions regarding a made-to-spec top tier instrument combined with the insights of a master luthier literally in real time as it’s built. So cool. Thank you Tele and Terry!
Teleplayer thank you for the updates of this epic guitar and build! Terry McInturff thank you for adding details.
I spoke to Terry many times, I was invited and attended the first Fish n Jam 2000, ordered on the spot, a Taurus Std. Both my wife and I were WOW'd by Terry's knowledge, skills and family welcome.
Last night I re-read this post with most recent updates and ran to play my Taurus. Damn good!
Thanks so much for letting us woo hoo along with you.
Uplifting thread. Thank you all. Great example of how well things can go when all those involved, up close and at a distance, are enthusiastic, constructive, and for those close to the action, awfully good at what they do. With Epiphone slapping paper thin intense flame veneers on mass-produced builds, I find a tasteful, subtly fantastic black guitar to be just a remarkable thing -- so hard to do exceptionally well! I have a few great classical musicians as friends, and of course they work with their makers to collaborate on something that will be incredible and offer a special voice. After reading innumerable threads about guys commissioning acoustic guitars where they struggle to figure out how to add even more bling, features, and fancy treatments, this thread has been cleansing and inspiring. Heads, hands, and hearts in the right place, IMO.
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I'm talking with Brian G. about a real specific build for this guitar. Big bottles. Sort of a Blonde Bassman with a bit more flexibility. The Carolina would sound crazy-great with my Embassy on the Brown Deluxe on Steroids side.
This is looking fantastic! You, sir...have impeccable taste in guitars!Terry sprayed the last ultra-thin coat of lacquer today. It will now hang/cure for two weeks. I believe at that point (maybe Terry will jump in to verify or correct what I am saying), Terry will sand with 1400 grit. And then he'll give it a final buffing before putting the parts on/in the guitar.
I cannot recall if i mentioned this in a prior post, but the method used by Terry to apply this finish is - as he stated - as "old school" as it gets. Same methodology/process as Gibson and Martin used stating in 1932, and that Gibson used through its golden years.
I spoke at-length with Terry this week. Interestingly, because of the family issues Terry's been dealing with (I call it real life), parts of the finish process have taken longer than normal. Because of this extra time, the underlying finish coats have gotten rock hard - which is a distinct advantage and has created a rock solid base that most guitars don't normally wind up with (again, I work in an industry where cure times are critical; thus, I understand this completely).
Here are a couple pics from today, after the last coat of lacquer was in the drying process:
Did somebody say "none blacker"????
Continued shout-outs to the folks that have had an interest in this build - and Terry's crazy-great work in general: @56Tweed, @RyanC., @rawkguitarist, @Meteor Hammer, @Caretaker, @lifeson1, @EricPeterson, @rockinlespaul, @sickboy79, @The bear, @guitarpedaladdict, @Frater B; @Peanut73; @Gilky; @shallbe; @Jim Fairbairn
Sounds like this is going to be a great guitar. I still own two of Terry's guitars......a 97 Monarch, and a 2000 3 pickup Royal. The Royal is maybe my fav. design by Terry, though I haven't had a chance to try any of his new creations after 2003. I can't wait until we get the review from you........good luck.