Some people were curious about how I cut the shelves, or rabbets, for the binding on my guitars. What I do is not original at all. There are numerous ways to do it, from using a gramil and chisel to using a CNC machine. The important things are that the depth and height are consistent, the cut is very clean, and the bindings are precisely bent. I use a LMI router bit set up with various diameter guide bearings to control the depth of the cut. ( I made a house for them to live in- it keeps confusion down, since they are graduated in .020” increments) I also built a jig to float the Rigid palm router vertically up and down. I used a precision linear bearing to make this jig, not a sloppy old drawer slide as is the usual practice. It makes a big difference in the performance. Then the guitar is held in a special cradle, and rotated around into the cutter at a nice even feed rate. I repeat the process with another bearing for the purfling, clean up any fuzz on the rabbet, and Bob’s Your Uncle. ... See MoreSee Less
I just got this set today. It is Pao Ferro, one of my favorite rosewood alternatives. In fact to call it a “rosewood alternative” does not to present it in a proper light. It is excellent, resonant, very stable wood. And as you can see, it is beautiful- this set has a bees-wing figure and pronounced ink-line grain. Everything a guitar-fiend desires, and none of the difficulties in crossing international borders. Who wants a Pao Ferro Wilborn Guitar? ... See MoreSee Less
I imagine you like a kid in a candy shop when a new woods come in and you get to study it.
The difficulty of crossing borders with a Pao Ferro guitar is that most customs agents can't tell it from a true rosewood. To avoid problems (like having your guitar confiscated and destroyed by untrained customs agents), you should still have a CITES passport for it from the US Fish and Wildlife department. A letter from the builder carries no weight with US Customs.
cool..... looking forward to the end product.....
...and perhaps after that, Monkey-Pod?🤔
Me me! That’s the wood on my Tobias’ fretboard.
I've had this set for a few years... can't wait to use it.
I Will build an OM for a show this year, I have a couple of sets. Yours is insanely cool!
No, it’s my “off” year.
My favorite fretboard wood.
It does look delicious however it only has a 25 year limited warranty.
♥️. Do you find working with Torrified wood a little more tricky than the norm?
That spruce is special! Beautiful.
Does laminating change the character of the bracing? I.e. less responsive, too stiff, or something? I presume that particular woods are chosen for bracing because of their individual characteristics. Not a criticism or a doubt, just a question born of curiosity as I know you take great care to craft the best product possible.