the Chapin Devil Dog thread

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by hawkeyeinexile, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. hawkeyeinexile

    hawkeyeinexile Silver Supporting Member

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    it's real, it's here, it's great. details to follow. pix & clips, too, as time & folks' schedules permit hereabouts...

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    hawkeyeinexile Silver Supporting Member

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    the base mock-up is something like this:

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    mine is 24" scale ("Rustic" Hawk-inspired)

    neck: mahogany w/cocobola headstock cap,
    blackwood fingerboard w/dots and shades
    body: Spanish cedar body,
    quilted mahogany top

    Tonepros wraparound intonatable bridge

    bridge pickup: Chapin-spec'd Kersting-wound Jeff Beck "Truth" (2010 update: bridge p'up is now WCR Fillmore also)
    neck pickup: WCR Fillmore
    single volume control, tone control (push-pull pot taps/splits neck pickup)

    bone nut
    Steinberger locking tuners

    5.5 lbs

    i was looking for a lot of Beano, Beck, some Greenie, but with more air...
    "mission accomplished"

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    Cool.......!!!!!!!:rotflmaoCan't wait to see, hear, and play it.

    Congrats!

    Craig
     
  4. big mike

    big mike Moderator - EL34 Emeritas Staff Member

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    Allright!!!!!!

    Wooooooooooooooot!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Picspicspicspicspicspicspicspicspicspicspicspicspicspicpicspicspics!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Congrats! I was talking to Bill a couple of days ago, he sounded pretty happy with how your guitar came together.

    I'm definitely looking forward to seeing some pics and hearing more about your impressions (once you've had a little more time to get to know her). :)

    Scott
     
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    Nice one, jeff! I've heard so much about this guitar over the past year I look forward to hearing it.

    "Truth" + "Fillmore" = Now you're talking!!!
    Must be a good fit with the Colonial, I suspect.

    Best, Pete.
     
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    Man, where the heck are those pics!!!! Can't wait! Congrats on another Chapin!!
     
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    Congratulations. Those specs sound great (certainly if it sounds anything like the Rustic). I want pics and clips. Enjoy!!!! So, do you want to send me your hawk now?

    cmn
     
  9. hawkeyeinexile

    hawkeyeinexile Silver Supporting Member

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    thanks, all.

    Craig, stop by anytime whenever our scheds sync. if you still have my telno, just call.

    Pete, i'm looking to get some 5881s soon for the Colonial, but yeah with the stock tubes it's pretty d@#n killin' :eek:

    pix to come soon as i can browbeat the local d-o-c, maybe today or tomorrow(?)...clips pending d-o-c's or Brew's availability.

    the feel is typically incredible, balances well in seated position on either leg. standing it's like another article of clothing.

    :cool:
     
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    Hot Diggety Damn!
    Congrats Jeff. I'm coming down next week!
     
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    I know what you mean, Hank feels like a Codpiece too - Imperial Russian:messedup :angel :BEER

    Look forward to more on it.

    Best, Pete.
     
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    hawkeyeinexile Silver Supporting Member

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    gigged yesterday outdoors 1-4p.m., nice weather, used Juke 1210, brought Hawk along, ended up using Dawg all three sets. this is my fifth Chapin (the 2nd, late beloved "Red One" (a mahogany 'houla) was stolen) and IIRC the first that doesn't have the Earvana compensating nut. this one's bone. still it held its intonation pretty much as well as the others, even with new strings (D'addario 11s). i could've covered this gig w/the Blues Jr., so it was pretty subdued, but the DD made it fun :dude

    Brew came over this a.m. to take try it out and snap some pix, so here are a few shots:

    for size comparison the Dawg next to yer regulation Hawk
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    a view of front:
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    a view of back:
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    and a view of the body top (Matte-style-like ;)):
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    :cool:
     
  13. big mike

    big mike Moderator - EL34 Emeritas Staff Member

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    Dig it! That's KILLER Jeff!!!
     
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    Yeah, it's really dinky!
    IMHO it cries out for a double cut option. Weighs 5.5 lbs?
    Look forward to hearing the "Truth" pick up.

    Btw I can't see any screws in that backplate?????????

    Very nice piece, jeff.

    Best, Pete.
     
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    Awesome! Love the natural-like cosmetics.
    I gotta try that thing out!

    Congrats Jeff!

    Mike
     
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    scottcw Low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    Set neck? very cool, love the 24" scale. I have been on a search for a 24" scale guitar since stupidly selling the original Rustic.

    Sadly, I can no longer afford a new Chapin. My karma of selling the Rustic for what I paid (way below market at the time I sold) because it was staying "in the family" is not coming back to me. The only thing I got is a commitment from the buyer to give me right of first refusal if he ever sells it, which looks like is never going to happen. So much for My Name is Earl...
     
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    Excuse the ignorance, but...what are the benefits of a 24" scale?
    Warmth?
    Ease of play?
    Both?
    More?
    Thanks.
     
  19. big mike

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    Yes.:AOK

    The scale length sure lends a lot to the tone IMO, and feels great. I've had the chance to play the rustic hawk, which is just a phenominal instrument.
     
  20. Mike

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    Bill fully voices every guitar based on his experience and ear related to how all the tonal factors integrate (scale length, playing style, frets, hardware, pickups, woods, construction, etc.). Sometimes this is focused to reach the characteristics from the customer wish list, and sometimes it's what Bill wants to hear/feel from the instrument. Many times it's a little of both. Bill puts a ton of himself into each piece. And triple that for the one that is the subject of this thread.

    Some people prefer the way 25.0 or 25.5 plays and sounds. Actually Bill doesn't personally care for the 25.0 scale, but I like it just fine. My point is, if warmth is what you want, but you prefer a longer scale, no problemo for Bill. I find him to be a very unique dude in these respects.

    Mike
     

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