Oh all right, Gadow production pic!

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  1. tms13pin

    tms13pin Supporting Member

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    I was gonna just wait until the guitar arrived, but with all the
    other production pics being posted, I may as well throw up
    the pic of my Gadow Custom Hollow that is due in at any time
    now. I'll stick up a completed photo when I get it as well.
    Enjoy.

    --Tom

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  2. Dave Orban

    Dave Orban Gold Supporting Member

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    What IS that wood...?!? :dude
     
  3. realmpel

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    That looks like spalted maple to me, and an EXTREMELY nice piece! Thanks for not holding out on us with the pics.

    Kev
     
  4. MOJO

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    thats sweet i like the alternate sided fret markers.. a killer flamed spalt top too

    which Model is that??

    It looks like a flat top or is it carve top? (hard to tell in that picture...)
     
  5. tms13pin

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    Yep, nice spalt top, eh? It's the Custom Hollow model. Generally
    this model is made with a fluted carve around the perimeter,
    but because of the spalted wood, which is very tough to work
    with, we opted to not do this to mine. I think it looks great
    without it, much simpler look to it, which I like. The alternate
    fret markers were one of Gadow's standard offerings, from what
    I understand. You can order them though with no inlays,
    only one on the 12th, zig-zag like this, regular down the
    center, etc. No charge change for fretboard choice either,
    and I'm partial to maple, so the birdseye was an easy choice.

    This will have a Graphtech GHOST piezo and 13-pin system
    installed in it as well, like Gomez's that he posted a month or
    two ago.

    Ryan (Gadow) and Chris Douglas are a joy to work with too.
    Very cool folks. They really seem to take a lot of pride in
    their work and product. These guitars have Fralin pups,
    tonepros wraparound bridges and Gotoh tuners standard.
    And you can't beat the prices for handmade USA axes (at least
    not that I know of at this level of quality).

    --Tom
     
  6. fatback

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    Me likey likey:D That is some super spaulty eye-candy!
     
  7. Gadowguitars

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    This guitar is turning out great,Tom......I've got the hardware on it and I'm coming down the home stretch in assembly....can't wait to get it in your hands!
     
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    its just wrong for a piece of wood to be that sexy.. daing!
     
  9. r9player

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    The wood on that looks incredible great piece of spalt!
    Fretboard doesn't look too shabby either!
     
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    that is a damn fine looking instrument. Look forward to seeing the completed version.
     
  11. MOJO

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    actually i think i like the flat top look better...:dude

    sorry to be a pain with the questions

    but how thick is the top wood??

    is it a thinner piece since they didn't need to arch it or is it just the same thickness as the normal arch top just un-carved..

    ( my apologies if thats confusing sounding) :D
     
  12. tms13pin

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    Ryan can probably answer this better for me if he checks back
    in. It looks pretty thick in the pics (thicker than the one on
    my Carvin Holdsworth .... www.ece.cmu.edu/~tms/fatboy)
    but they put pretty thin tops on those. I think it may be a bit
    thinner than the regular Custom Hollow thickness.

    I don't believe the tops on these are "arched" in general, the
    sides are carved. Go to the front page of the Gadow site:
    www.rrgadowguitars.com and you'll see an orangeburst
    custom hollow where you can see the thickness profile of the
    normal top and the carve. You can compare that to what you
    can see in the pic on mine (as best as you can) for somewhat
    of a comparison.

    I suspect Ryan was concerned about the spalted wood
    chipping or splitting at the ends if carved due to the fairly
    unstable nature of the spalted wood. Perhaps Ryan or
    some of the other luthiers on here who have worked with
    spalts can shed some more light on things. I've worked on
    some wood over the years, but never anything this fancy,
    and never a spalt!

    --Tom
     
  13. Gadowguitars

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    The top on this particular guitar is 3/8" thick...we didn't want to do any carving due to the "spongyness" of spalt...our carve on the top of our customs are quite complex, and we felt we couldn't get a good sanding job due to the consistency of spalt....and we are actually going to be offering a new model of our custom hollow with the same style of top, its going to be the new "performer" series.
     
  14. hemlock

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    That's as pretty a top as I have ever seen. Flame AND spalting! Awesome color, too.
     
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    Nice Work again Ryan.

    Tom, as an owner of 2 Gadows, I know you'll love it!

    Rick
     
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    Whoa, Tom. That is spectacular!!!!! I'm sure it will be a fantastic addition to your lineup. (Next to that spalted Fatboy....YOW!)

    Congrats....hang in there till you get it!!! :)

    Terry
     
  17. MOJO

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    got any pics Rick, i'd love to see them:)
     
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    I truly LOVE that wood!
    congratz!
    evt
     

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