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Am getting excited! Shelley and I just finalized the specs on the new guitar she is building me. One of her Encore models with the antiqued spruce top, solid East Indian Rosewood back and sides with Soundport, 660mm scale length like my previous one, narrowest neck profile. The body will be about 10mm thinner than usual. I had to sell #250 Montmarte after I tore my rotator cuff last year in January.
Until it arrives I have an odd hybrid that I have been using. Its an amped up Japanese guitar with the label "Decca" that I added a DR Tailpiece, moustache bridge and Schaller tuners to. The original fingerboard was defretted and planed into a long wedge and a new ebony rosewood with a bit of arch was added, including a zero fret. I just heard my friend David Brown play this guitar and it actually sounds fantastoic. being parlor guitar -sized its a good travel instrument.
Shelley will be working on this soon. I hope the border between US and Canada is open when its finished so we can get together for dinner and I can pick it up (her workshop is just a few hour's drive away - she used to be down here all the time as one of the backup guitarists in the early Pear Django days). Cheaper and better than FedEx - assuming the Canadians let me in. The last guitar was picked up just after the Winter Olympics and the border guards had nothing to do and inspected every crevice. Empty, new car and they thought I was a drug mule or something. Coming back into the US was easier and the guards were both guitarists and fans of Shelley's work.