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Lefty Guy

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I've recently returned from my annual pilgrimage to Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp in East Tennessee & as always it was a blast. Wonderful people, beautiful music & lovely setting. Teachers this year were Russ Barenberg, Mark Cosgrove, David Keenan, Fred Sokolow, Beppe Gambetta, Mike Kaufman & Tim May.

But one of the biggest excitements of Kamp for me this year was the opportunity to finally sit down & discuss a new guitar order with Ken Miller. He & Virginia were Kamp "doctor" both weeks & I'd been admiring their work for many years.

Given my love for the J-45/SJ genre, I've settled on a short scale slope dread, with red spruce top & hog b/s, rosewood binding, bridge & headstock facing, ebony fretboard, black tuner buttons. I'm still undecided on the core material for the rosette, fretboard dots & headstock inlay, being undecided between mother of pearl & green snail (opinions here welcomed). I also have to come up with an idea for the headstock inlay design as Ken does not put his name on his guitars.

I can expect to take delivery at Kamp next year, so its going to be a long wait!

 

Here's a snap of our all-lefty trio performing at open mic last week, with my Gibson SJ centre stage!

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ha ha, I accept the footwear criticism but its darned hot & humid in East Tennessee!

 

BBG, the headstock shape is Ken's standard, rather nice understated one, I have to choose an inlay design but have no inspiration on this. Most people seem to choose an animal or moon/star type configuration. Now if only I had a family coat of arms, I could use the crest!

 

Why the green snail preference? More understated?

 

Here's a link to Ken's site, which shows the headstock shape & some of their inlay work nicely.

http://www.kenmillerguitars.com/

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ha ha, I accept the footwear criticism but its darned hot & humid in East Tennessee!

 

BBG, the headstock shape is Ken's standard, rather nice understated one, I have to choose an inlay design but have no inspiration on this. Most people seem to choose an animal or moon/star type configuration. Now if only I had a family coat of arms, I could use the crest!

 

Why the green snail preference? More understated?

 

Here's a link to Ken's site, which shows the headstock shape & some of their inlay work nicely.

http://www.kenmillerguitars.com/

 

I have a lowden that was built by one of the guys out of hours for want of a Better phrase and he has used exactly that shape of headstock for it . theres a moon shape on mine of abalone. I'll send a PIC later when I'm not at work. It looks OK but something more imaginative would be nice . the example on your link is wonderful. Maybe they could do a sandal ?

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The work displayed on the inlay page is out of this world. Congrats on the NGD Lefty... next year! I hope it's what your looking for and even more.

 

I'm surprised there are no inlays with favorite states, or schools or sports.

 

As you mentioned there is a lot of animal inlays represented. I especially like the one with the moon and stars as well as a bear headed down a hillside. That's a cool visual. Not for me, but I appreciate the effort and the results. That is some sweet eye candy!

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The work displayed on the inlay page is out of this world. Congrats on the NGD Lefty... next year! I hope it's what your looking for and even more.

 

I'm surprised there are no inlays with favorite states, or schools or sports.

 

As you mentioned there is a lot of animal inlays represented. I especially like the one with the moon and stars as well as a bear headed down a hillside. That's a cool visual. Not for me, but I appreciate the effort and the results. That is some sweet eye candy!

 

Virginia surely is a master of inlay. I wish I had some favourite animal of constellation worth recording on the headstock but I don't & it would be seriously tacky to use anything related to my sports passion (Southampton FC). I'm currently considering my mother's family crest, which is a gryphon's head - a little spooky but interesting....

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...or my sign of the zodiac...

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