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Picked up an Alvarez AJ418C/12 over the weekend. 12 string A/E, solid spruce top and spalted maple back and sides. Sounds great, and the spalted maple is amazing to look at.

 

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Picked up an Alvarez AJ418C/12 over the weekend.

Spalted maple is amazing but it's very hard to get it right on an acoustic instrument. Did you buy it used?

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Spalted maple is amazing but it's very hard to get it right on an acoustic instrument. Did you buy it used?


Got it from Craigslist. It had been listed for over a month, and the seller had recently been dropping the price. I actually almost pulled the trigger on Friday, at $525, but held off. Saturday morning it was down to $495, and I would up getting it for $490, with the case.

 

So far, I'm very happy with the sound. I think some new strings will only improve the tone.

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So far, I'm very happy with the sound. I think some new strings will only improve the tone.

Oh I was just giving an amateur luthier's point of view. Spalted maple's very unstable, which is why it's not used for necks but, I agree, it looks fantastic.
Edited by customcoco - 7/8/13 at 12:52pm
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The spalted maple is no doubt just the top layer of a laminate. Your are right, it's more common on solid body guitars. Like this one -

 

http://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/msg/3922863657.html

 

I just want everyone to know that I was very polite to the guy who wanted to trade a pair of Bose 901s for it. 

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The spalted maple is no doubt just the top layer of a laminate. Your are right, it's more common on solid body guitars. Like this one -

 

http://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/msg/3922863657.html

 

I just want everyone to know that I was very polite to the guy who wanted to trade a pair of Bose 901s for it. 


Yes of course.

 

Very nice axe. I really like the contrast between the black body and the maple table. It's not something that I've seen very often, most of the time spalted maple appears on oil finished or clear glossy finished instruments.

 

Now the strings : 10/43 really? Back when I used to play the guitar I used 14/54 custom sets ! I guess that's why the transition to electric bass was so smooth tongue.gif

post #547 of 642

Thanks for the kind words. The French polish was fun to put on. At least the first three days of the process were fun... I put 10s on because I have found potential buyers sometimes balk at heavy strings and 10s are the stock Tele string set. I had 13-52s on it.

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Originally Posted by Doc B. View Post

The spalted maple is no doubt just the top layer of a laminate. Your are right, it's more common on solid body guitars. Like this one -

 

http://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/msg/3922863657.html

 

I just want everyone to know that I was very polite to the guy who wanted to trade a pair of Bose 901s for it. 


Nice looking guitar. I've never seen a Telly like that. Did you make the body?

 

You're right about the construction of the Alvarez - the back and sides are maple laminate, with spalted maple veneer. The top is solid spruce. It really is a nice sounding (and looking) guitar. I've got new strings on order that should be here today. (Never restrung a 12 string - this should be interesting.)

 

Edit: 13-52 strings? Yeah, I can see why most people would balk at those. I generally use either 9-42 or 10-46 on my electrics. (I'm somewhat of a beginner, and heavy strings are difficult to play on any complicated chord forms. The 12 string is proving to be a challenge, but it should build my hand strength pretty quickly.)


Edited by beerguy0 - 7/10/13 at 6:31am
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I bought the body in ready to finish form from an ebay seller. Sanded down, filled the back grain with a skim coat of clear epoxy, sanded again. Front clear French polish built up over several days, made from Bullseye shellac sealer and alcohol, rubbed in with a cotton covered wool felt pad with a light coat of olive oil. Back finish is the same shellac tinted with a dark walnut dye powder, over many more days. After the time investment I cannot fathom how anyone could do an entire grand piano this way. Don't know if it really affects the sound of a solid body guitar vs. polyester or lacquer, but I do like the way the grain looks and the finish has a nice "not plastic" look and feel. The next guitar I did got a Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil finish. Not as deep looking by a long shot, but it did go on in a single afternoon. I've also done a guitar shot with nitro lacquer.

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Currently I'm enjoying these...

 

Guitars:

 

1996 Gmp "Elite" (see my avatar)

 

Ron Kirn "Barn Buster" - KILLER tele-style, excellent boutique builder!

 

Don Grosh "Electratone" (I believe only about 600 of these P90-equipped beauties were made).

 

Amp:   Pure 64 "Mean Street Classic 20"

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I had a 1977 I Ibanez Artist I stupidly let go in my younger days.  

 

I'm thinking my next guitar might be along the lines of a late 1970's Ibanez AS200 - similar to a Gibson ES-335.


Edited by passion4audio - 7/10/13 at 4:32pm
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od overdose
 
 

 

 

 

order switcher
 

 


Edited by jmwreck - 7/14/13 at 2:42am
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My latest acquisition. One month old PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow, complete with all accessories. Perfect condition, still had the plastic on the pickguard. Got it for $400 off CL. This will replace my Epiphone Dot. (I like the Dot, but the size and weight bother my shoulders. A friend of mine is going to buy it off me next month, which will help finance my next purchase.)

 

 

 

 

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Nice score!

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Here's my latest build, a great big Shine jazzbox with a Gretsch Johnny Smith style floating pup, Grover Imperials, a custom tuneomatic on ebony bridge base that I put together with Graphtech saddles, Graphtec nut, and one of those cool looking "finger" tailpieces. Ebony pickguard, Infeld George Bensons. It's being played by Art Khu, through a Bottlehead Tode.

 

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