New Instrument from Michael Thames

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poriforo
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New Instrument from Michael Thames

Postby poriforo » Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:32 am

Hello fellow members,
I wanted to share photos of my new classical guitar built by Michael Thames, who's based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It has an Italian Spruce top, and the back, sides, and fingerboard are made from African Blackwood; French polish finish. Spanish Cedar neck, with Gotoh premium tuners. I couldn't be more pleased with the build quality, sound, and playability, as it's the finest CG I've owned. Michael is great to work with, and would recommend him to anyone considering to have a luthier custom build an instrument from scratch.

I've always wondered how African Blackwood would sound, and from my perspective, Brazilian Rosewood doesn't have anything on AB.
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Stephen Taylor
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Re: New Instrument from Michael Thames

Postby Stephen Taylor » Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:18 pm

Congratulations on your new guitar. How long did the entire process take?
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Re: New Instrument from Michael Thames

Postby Christopher Freitag » Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:42 pm

Beautiful guitar, with great detail work. Congratulations!

And now I am kicking myself...I was in Santa Fe last fall and I would have arranged a visit had I known he was there.
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Re: New Instrument from Michael Thames

Postby Big bird » Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:47 pm

Beautiful Guitar..... lucky guy, enjoy!
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Re: New Instrument from Michael Thames

Postby Cincy2 » Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:25 pm

A piano is just a piano but a guitar is a work of art AND an instrument. I'm a huge fan of African Blackwood for back and sides. I'm on my fourth or fifth instrument with this wood and like it better than Brazilian Rosewood for tone.

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Re: New Instrument from Michael Thames

Postby cliffbryant » Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:38 pm

Just beautiful! I'd love to hear it....

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Re: New Instrument from Michael Thames

Postby Luuttuaja » Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:43 pm

It looks really beautiful!

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Re: New Instrument from Michael Thames

Postby spanishguitarmusic » Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:52 pm

Wow, a very beautiful looking guitar! Very nice pictures! Would be so nice to hear what it sounds like, it must sound wonderful! Thank you for posting up the pictures.

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Re: New Instrument from Michael Thames

Postby poriforo » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:28 am

Stephen Taylor wrote:Congratulations on your new guitar. How long did the entire process take?


It only took 3 months from start to finish. I don't know if he always builds like this, but including mine he started and completed 5 guitars at the same time. You know how they some professional athletes are gym rats, where they are always working at their craft? Maybe Michael is the same way in his workshop - always in there working on a new creation. He has a number of videos on you-tube of him discussing different parts of the build process, etc. along with some very nice performances by Gary Stewart and Matt Palmer. I would love to be able to purchase one of his Torres FE-17 guitars, which are visually stunning.

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Re: New Instrument from Michael Thames

Postby poriforo » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:34 am

Cincy2 wrote:A piano is just a piano but a guitar is a work of art AND an instrument. I'm a huge fan of African Blackwood for back and sides. I'm on my fourth or fifth instrument with this wood and like it better than Brazilian Rosewood for tone.

Cincy


Thanks for sharing Cincy. I'm on board with what you have seemingly figured out some time ago. The A.B. instruments you've had were custom builds, or are there a few builders you uncovered that more commonly use this wood?

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Re: New Instrument from Michael Thames

Postby jim watts » Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:30 am

Lovely!

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Re: New Instrument from Michael Thames

Postby Cincy2 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:08 am

poriforo wrote:
Cincy2 wrote:A piano is just a piano but a guitar is a work of art AND an instrument. I'm a huge fan of African Blackwood for back and sides. I'm on my fourth or fifth instrument with this wood and like it better than Brazilian Rosewood for tone.

Cincy


Thanks for sharing Cincy. I'm on board with what you have seemingly figured out some time ago. The A.B. instruments you've had were custom builds, or are there a few builders you uncovered that more commonly use this wood?


I'm going through a steel string acoustic phase right now. I own two guitars made by George Lowden in Northern Ireland. He uses African Blackwood regularly on instruments available for sale periodically at his US outlet (Heartbreaker Guitars in Las Vegas).

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Sorry if I diverted attention from the OP's guitar but I had to share this AB beauty also.

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Re: New Instrument from Michael Thames

Postby Tim522 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:12 pm

very nice!

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Re: New Instrument from Michael Thames

Postby chiral3 » Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:37 pm

Very nice Poriforo. Love the B&S. Michael was a member here a while back. He was a prolific poster of builds, tricks, and projects. I still use a method he posted to mass produce rosettes by wrapping veneers around a core with clamps and baking in the oven. Unfortunately he is one of many that don't visit anymore or expend effort to post. I'd highly recommend tracking down his posts if you want to he more of his builds through the years.
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Re: New Instrument from Michael Thames

Postby Jabberwocky » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:20 pm

Beautiful work by Michael as always. I love that spruce top!

He shipped this out before he left for the Land of 1000 Smiles for a holiday...
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