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sjhoffma
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Username: sjhoffma

Post Number: 98
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 6:15 pm:   Edit Post

I believe we already had a section on chairs for Alembic owners here on this forum, but I thought I would post this up anyway...

We had to make half scale chairs for my 3D art class at UVM, and the instant I found out we were going to be working with wood, I already had some ideas. The tiger shaped back was a must!

The mandolin neck was added on later in the construction process, when my teacher saw my tiger idea and responded, "wow it looks like a guitar! I'd really like to see you add a neck to this.

So heres the final product... not big enough to sit on, but you get the idea...
sjhoffma
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Username: sjhoffma

Post Number: 99
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 6:17 pm:   Edit Post

by the way, the laminate top is flamed koa, which I had actually bookmatched/ joined together earlier in the year, and just kinda had laying around.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7820
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 8:41 pm:   Edit Post

I looked at the picture before reading the text. Looked like a guitar sitting in a chair. Then noticed there were no strings; then noticed there were eight tuners. Then decided I better read the text.
sjhoffma
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Username: sjhoffma

Post Number: 100
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 9:05 pm:   Edit Post

Just for the hell of it, and in response to dave's post I thought I would share a pic with you all of an actual guitar that I've built. I love the flame on the back and the neck. The top is bearclaw spruce. I made this guitar back when I was 17, over a summer in Nazareth, PA.
dadabass2001
Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1068
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 5:31 am:   Edit Post

Excellent, Sam
I take it the mando neck is full size? That gives me a sense of scale.

Mike
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7825
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 6:45 am:   Edit Post

Beautiful guitar!
gtrguy
Intermediate Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 188
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 9:29 am:   Edit Post

That's too similar to playing on a tiny stage with the drum kit or another musician stuck up your backside for me!

Looks beautiful, though.
Dave
frank
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Username: frank

Post Number: 76
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 10:50 am:   Edit Post

sjhoffma, what kind of finish did you use (for the arch-top and the chair)? How did you apply it?
tdukes
Member
Username: tdukes

Post Number: 93
Registered: 4-2008
Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 12:27 pm:   Edit Post

That looks a lot like a Benedetto Manhattan. Very cool. I like the bearclaw in the top. Could you see it before the finish was applied?

Todd.
chrisalembic
Junior
Username: chrisalembic

Post Number: 15
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 12:32 pm:   Edit Post

wow you built this guitar?? its looking great!! how does it play?
sjhoffma
Intermediate Member
Username: sjhoffma

Post Number: 101
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 1:47 pm:   Edit Post

I used a light amber stain, a tung oil finish, and then i sprayed a few light of coats of lacquer on it. The pictures were taken before the lacquer was applied.

I could see some of the bearclaw before applying the finish, but the majority of it popped out after the stain. I was affraid to delve into finishing it at first, but the process was fairly simple.

The finished product sounds great! its really loud, and I play it mostly acoustic, although I did install a ken armstrong pickup right under the neck.

As for the chair, yes it doesn't look comfortable, it was more of a design sort of thing than a practicality. And for the chair, I just used a simple polyurethane finish, because it was purley for display, I would never touch a guitar with polyurethane. It really made the figure in the koa come out nicely though.
hydrargyrum
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 493
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 3:00 pm:   Edit Post

Very nice guitar!
frank
Member
Username: frank

Post Number: 77
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 5:48 pm:   Edit Post

did you take a course to learn to build arch-tops?
sjhoffma
Intermediate Member
Username: sjhoffma

Post Number: 102
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 8:22 pm:   Edit Post

I did in fact take a class. I took one with Dale Unger from American Archtop guitars, who was actually the only apprentice of Bob Bennedetto. He offers classes in his workshop a few times each year, and walks you through the build process. It was very informative, and after we made a guitar together, I was able to make this one myself a year later, and since have worked on a handful of guitar projects, including a koa and bearclaw spruce flat top acoustic, that is currently in progress.

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