I won't say I can't begin to express my excitement following today's Baltimore visit to the Philtone Guitar Co. and Phil Jacoby - after all, what is this post but such a beginning? - but believe me, it's only
. And even the crazy 2-hour drive back to VA cannot dampen my enthusiasm!
Here are the progress shots. Keep in mind that today's visit was solely to do the final neck carve adjustments with the guitar strung for the first time (as it turned out, Phil was so spot on with his measurements none were required!) and set the control and Tiger inlay layout. We used a temporary wood nut (the final will be brass) and the future work will include adding the headstock inlay (in-hand but disassembled at this point) and final-shaping the rear side of the neck-to-body joint (set neck guitar).
But what the hey, the guitar is shaping up to be everything I'd dreamed it would be and we're close now!
P.S. This is, by design, an "inspired by," not "a clone of," guitar. The person playing this guitar is Jon S., not Jerry G. Every aspect has been carefully matched to my personal needs, that's why it's so special to me.
Thanks, Phil (below)! Thanks also, Ron Thorn, for the stunning Tiger plate, Craig Lavin for the headstock inlay (not pictured today but we'll see it on the completed guitar), and Brian Nalls (Jack of Roses) for the inlayed fretboard and stoptail.
"For me, I think the only danger is being too much in love with guitar playing. The music is the most important thing, and the guitar is only the instrument." Jerry Garcia