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 #127868  by jalevinemd
 Sun May 12, 2013 2:15 pm
Thanks in no small part to feedback from this forum, I contacted Leo at Scarlet Fire Guitars a few months back about building a Tiger for me. Still a ways to go, but we're making progress. So far, I've got nothing but the highest praise for Leo. Super nice guy to speak with. Always available. Keeps me updated. And from the looks of these pictures as well as finished guitars posted here, one helluva luthier. I can't wait to hold the final result in my hands. I'll post more photos as I get them.

 #127870  by jalevinemd
 Sun May 12, 2013 2:22 pm
I admitted to Leo that I never knew Tiger's fretboard was bound in brass. Apparently this is quite challenging to do. The 24th fret inlay will most likely be "Tiger." I didn't want to have J. Garcia and since it's not a custom guitar per se I didn't want my name inlaid. Tiger seemed like a good compromise.

 #127871  by vwjodyme
 Sun May 12, 2013 2:31 pm
Looks awesome :cool:
 #127874  by tcsned
 Sun May 12, 2013 3:23 pm
Damn! that looks sweet. I'm just in the first stages of getting a Wolf from Leo. I'm super impressed with his work.
 #127886  by TI4-1009
 Mon May 13, 2013 6:27 am
Wow. Beautiful. What's the top wood?
 #127899  by TI4-1009
 Mon May 13, 2013 9:02 am
jalevinemd wrote:The top and back are both coco bolo.
Interesting. I've never seen cocobolo that "brown" before. Even raw cocobolo usually has some red/orange to it- maybe it's just the camera. Wonderful grain though.
 #127901  by jalevinemd
 Mon May 13, 2013 9:41 am
A lot of it's the camera. I've got other shots where it's slightly more orange. I prefer my coco bolo darker and richer in tone without too much orange/red. It's one of the things I requested when doing the build. :-)
 #129145  by jalevinemd
 Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:18 pm
Couple more pics from Leo. Getting closer. He'll start inlaying the tiger this weekend. Loving the figure in this coco bolo!


 #129176  by tcsned
 Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:08 pm
Wow! That's shaping up nicely. Impressive stuff!
 #129180  by waldo041
 Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:48 pm
Very nice indeed! I have to ask why the dual brass binding in between the veneer layers on top and bottom around the guitar?

 #129181  by jalevinemd
 Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:31 pm
waldo041 wrote:Very nice indeed! I have to ask why the dual brass binding in between the veneer layers on top and bottom around the guitar?

VERY perceptive!

I might have to let Leo explain the origin of that. He told me about it early in the build. At first I wasn't sure, but now I love it. I think it's going to add a very special and unique detail to this guitar. :-)
 #129183  by softmachine72
 Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:15 pm
i struggled for years to get a good pic or the side of the tiger. with the old and yellowed laquer it made it even more difficult. I mistakenly thought that there were two brass layers. It was not untill Waldo sent me a photo that made it abundantly clear that that was maple not another brass inlay. it is just as well because, It is hard enough to get one strip in there much less two. Gluing dissimilar materials is not easy.It is not until I met an old antique furniture restorer who gave me the tip of wiping a raw clove of garlic over the brass first then joining it with rabbit skin glue, that i was able to get the brass to adhere properly.
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