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Comment by Rick Heenan on August 11, 2011 at 9:47pm
What a little cutie!  I'll bet she likes yankin on that stache.
Comment by Edward Sparks on August 11, 2011 at 9:31pm
I have two Martins with rosewood bodies, a Guild with a maple body, a Guild and two Gibson's with mahogany bodies...basically, big or small I love them all!  Different woods for different sounds.  I love the mahogany body on my Guild 12 jumbo because it keeps the octave strings from sounding too brittle, BUT I love the maple on my Guild 6 string jumbo because it helps overcome muddiness, but I love the rosewood on my Martin D-28 and D-28-12 because of it's again I say, big or small , I just love them all!   Sorry, I know I am not much help, but it's the truth!  In electrics. my electric semi hollow 12 string I love the mahogany and walnut body, my Gibson Les Paul semi hollow guitar is mahogany and it sounds Lily guitar has a mahogany body with a maple "cap,"  I can't wait to hear what it's going to sound like!  Edward
Comment by Edward Sparks on August 11, 2011 at 9:26pm

Here is a picture of Lily, the grand daughter, not the guitar!  Now of she ain't inspiration for building a guitar, I don't know what is! 

Comment by Jay P. on August 11, 2011 at 8:51pm
Do you have a favorite tone wood for backs and sides of acoustic instruments? Most of mine are rosewood; however, the maple used in some of the Guilds I've seen and played. With electric guitars, some offer swamp ash as an upgrade wood, is it worth the extra bucks?

Your Lilly is just a piece of art. I really like the fret board inlays, just the perfect touch.

Thanks amigo.

Jay P.
Comment by Edward Sparks on August 11, 2011 at 5:29pm

Thanks, I am building a solid body now...kinda like I built the hard "stuff" and am going back to build an easy one!  It is the "Lily" model after my grand daughter.  Here is a pic of the latest work...


Comment by Rick Heenan on August 11, 2011 at 4:54pm
Beautiful work Edward.
Comment by Edward Sparks on August 11, 2011 at 4:42pm
Nope the piano was old and untunable but still they kept it. When they went to move, being too poor to get piano movers it decided to fight going up the ramp of the rental truck and took a dive to the side halfway up! What was left was not worth or afford-ably repaired, so she chipped off the tops of all the keys and bagged them for me. Alas, the piano is gone, the girl is gone, but the tops of those keys will go on forever imbedded in my guitars! Thanks, Ed
Comment by Jay P. on August 11, 2011 at 2:28pm
I have to agree with Christopher, stunning work Edward. I'm convinced I'm in the right place. Been an AG subscriber since forever, I kick myself for waiting so long to log on with this site.

Re: Ivory...Did they have to shoot the piano to get at the Ivory??:-)

Jay P.
Comment by Christopher Cozad on August 11, 2011 at 9:23am



and regarding the ivory - Name Cleared!  and kudos for such clever recycling ;~}



Comment by Edward Sparks on August 11, 2011 at 9:19am

Thanks Christopher,

Just as a side note to my ivory bird inlays...ivory is illegal and so just to clear my name...

The inlayed doves adorning the fingerboard and head are made of ivory culled from the tops of old piano keys from a piano that no longer needed them.


Here is a closeup of the inlay on the body of the 8 string...





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