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Comment by Barbara Ann on May 2, 2009 at 8:16am
scratch that, confused the pic you posted of Brian's guitar for your name!
Comment by Brian L Sutcliffe on April 30, 2009 at 9:30am
which other Brian are we talking about?
Comment by Barbara Ann on April 30, 2009 at 7:52am
r u & the other Brian related?
Comment by Brian L Sutcliffe on April 29, 2009 at 10:04am
there are other photos of this instrument on WeaserP 's if you want to look at them. I could not get them to post from my computor.
Comment by Brian L Sutcliffe on April 29, 2009 at 9:57am
Hi Barbara,
Doing a solid body like this would be a snap, I have a friend who know the electronics (I dont) who might help if I ever do one.
I am working on getting a celebrity to do the thing. It is too soon to start droppping names so I will skip that part for now. Serendipity brought his father into my shop for other reasons, then he saw my guitars and told me that he was going to bring his son by to see them, then told me that his son was a world class concert guitarist. I checked him out later and he is world renowned. We shall see what happens, I wont get excited until I see him on stage holding one of them.
They are pricey, they take about three months of very tedious and careful work to make and the materials are not exactly standard sizes, so I have to fetch my own.
The last one I sold went for over thirty grand (the customer named the price, it was not for sale and he kept upping the price until I could not say no).
Comment by Barbara Ann on April 29, 2009 at 9:38am
Hi Brain L.; well I just play for shi*s & giggles at home. So sorry about your design being copied; I can't imagine the frustration!! I do like Ovations for their cool design (your design) but would prefer a solid wood body like your pic. I have an Applause which is Kaman's lower-end line. I think you should sell yours for big bucks; it would be nice if a celebrity would expose it for you.
Comment by Brian L Sutcliffe on April 29, 2009 at 9:17am
I built the first one of these in the early sixties, a fellow who saw it told me he was going to steal the design and sell it to a group of businessmen. He came to me later with a plastic injection molded part and told me that they could not duplicate my design so they decided to do a plastic injection mold instead and would I help them figure out how to attach the face to the guitar. It looked like todays ovation, though I have no concrete proof of the connection. The guy had a lot of nerve, I told him to go to hell.
It is a guitar, they sound wonderful but are very difficult to make. I am making three sizes at this time, this one is the parlor (15" body). The other sizes are concert and grand concert.
The neck on this one is black walnut (juglans nigra), and the body is spanish cedar (cedrella oderata), the top is englemann spruce, and it has ebony trim, fretboard and bridge.
Tell me about yourself, do you build? Play?
Comment by Barbara Ann on April 29, 2009 at 7:36am
OMG - what is this? Never seen anything so beautiful! It's like the Ovation & Martin got married LOL

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