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April 28, 2011

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Jason

Wow, that purfling is complex! Little pieces of wood cut up and lined up like that. Will you do the whole guitar with that stuff?

Moadib

It's going to be a sweet guitar without a doubt. I would only point out that cowboys aren't an American invention.

Jol Dantzig

@Moadib: Thanks, I'm looking forward to this one too. Your point is understood—from Spain, South America and most closely, Mexico. The cattle and horse herding Gauchos and Vaqueros preceded the Western American cowboy. But that's another story...

Moadib

@Jol +1 internets to you my friend for your depth of cowboy knowledge. Well done. Can we expect to see a Latin America themed instrument anytime?

Gary Carr

love the rope binding!

Jason

Jol... in the past you have been against staining the wood directly. What made you change your mind? It looks amazing, don't get me wrong... just wanted to know.

Jol Dantzig

@Jason: First, let me clarify this idea. I've never personally been against the idea of staining wood. Wood stains have been a part of fine woodworking for centuries and is a legitimate technique.

There are certain trade-offs when figured woods are stained. Staining can improve contrast in the figure, but often can reduce the translucence and depth of the figure.

Staining maple is a touchy endeavor, and it took some time to develop a technique that I feel represents the best of both qualities. Once that hurdle was passed, staining maple was brought to a new level. I feel my technique was worth the wait, and I'm happy to do it that way now. It wasn't a matter of changing my opinion.

While working at Hamer, a lot of policies and directions that were instituted were attributed to me because it was often my job to articulate them to customers and the press.

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