Getting the color right is often a part experience, part chemistry experiment, and part luck. I usually leave my necks natural, but wanted to integrate color of the neck into the dark Indian Rosewood back and sides, but allow the texture of the mahogany neck to still show through. A before and after shot.
I had a couple of setups to do this week. Nothing dramatic. A Gibson J-15 that never had a decent initial setup. It played well for a bluegrass player, but the owner has only been playing for a couple of years and focuses mostly on finger picking. Bar chords and overall playability were leaving him far from loving this guitar. I just did a basic setup, adjusting the neck relief, setting the nut slot depth, and lowering the saddle. I left a little room to go lower the st
It's spring in the Rockies and you never know what the weather will bring. The past few days it's been in the 70's and I've had the shop doors open as I finish up the uke and Mayfly. I had the baritone uke's future owner in the shop to help carve the neck. I always like to get the owner involved is some of the build steps. While I can do the work much faster without them, having some of your own work in the instrument begins the bonding process. I'm using ZPoxy for pore fi