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  1. Alright then, what the hey! Introducing...... "Toneflow" by Ethereal Guitars The name evolved out of a chambering design theory I came up with when working on the body. For more info on the "Toneflow" equation and some in progress build pics, have a look at 12 String Toneflow Project Specs for this build as follows: Body: Double Cutaway One Piece Brazilian Walnut with Toneflow chambering (32mm thick) Top: Queensland Maple bookmatched (12mm thick) Neck: 5 Piece Laminate of Tasmanian Blackwood, Mountain Ash and Reclaimed Tasmanian Myrtle centre. Neck has CF rods and an LMI truss rod. Headstock: Bookmatched Queensland Maple "E" logo with serial no. on back, Angled 12 Degrees Fretboard: Madagascan Rosewood, 24 frets, 25.5" Scale with Diamond MOP Inlays and Stew Mac Medium Fret Wire, Antique White Plastic Binding Hardware: Gotoh Hardtail 12 String Bridge, Chrome Ferrules, Gotoh Light Weight Tuners, Handmade Bone Nut (stuff stinks!), Chrome Strap Buttons Pickups: Matched Set of GFS "Vintage 59" Nickel Classic Alnico's. 8.5 - 8.8k on the bridge and 8 - 8.2k on the neck Electronics: 3 Way Toggle for B, M and N options. 0.20 Tone cap. Tone pot is a push/pull enabling single coil option and Volume pot is a push/pull enabling reverse polarities. 0.01 Treble bleed cap for volume pot to maintain volume clarity and tone alll the way down Finish: Buffed Acrylic Lacquer Design Theory: Toneflow is a word I am using to describe the process of creating interconnecting sound chambers in the body which ultimately lead to the pickup cavities. In conjunction with a small (3mm) "air" pocket between the end of the fretboard and the neck pickup ring, string tone is able to enter the very depths of the guitar resulting in a more resonant, deep and complex tone influenced heavily by the chosen tonewoods. Can I scientifically prove it works? Of course not! But the guitar produces tones unlike anything I have ever heard before (over 20 years of playing and being a 'gear head' and about 15 electric guitar builds under the belt), the sustain is tight and rich to the very end, the brilliance of the notes is remarkable and the tone can only be described as CLASSIC. The tonewoods chosen for this build have also contributed to the warm, creamy tones which are ably converted by the GFS pups......very impressed with these....the alnico magnets and vintage specs have provided a perfect way of presenting a lush 12 string sound which goes from bright/attack at the bridge to warm/soft at the neck. The electronics work well offering further tonal options but my favourite so far is toggle in the middle position which selects a blend of bridge and neck pups....this is so well balanced and simply adjusting the tone and volume provides enormous scope. Weight wise, it ain't light! But it's no boat anchor either. My bathroom scales suggest it is a bit over 4kg. I have played it for I suppose 40 mins with a strap and found it well balanced and not overly tiring. It is heavier than I would want a 6 string to be though. To all those that offered ideas and suggestions throughout the building of "Toneflow", I again thank you sincerely. And thanks to everyone else for looking. Jon
  2. I voted for Kenny this month. It was the guitar I would most like to pick up and play. Well done to all entrants, it is never easy casting one vote!
  3. WezV has my vote for this month. I love metal shapes and this one is a ripper! I particularly like the transparent black finish and the recessed tuners. My only criticism is a personal preference issue and that would be to ditch the beaten up pups . Nice build!
  4. Congratulations to all entrants on some fantastic builds. Maikman: Great job. I'm not a fan of strats at all so this one couldn't get my vote but good effort 1st time around. Strandberg: Really like the natural timber look with black hardware....I also like the plate you made for the controls. Good build. Jammy: To me, a very unique shape and full marks for trying something different. I would love to hear this build given the neck only pup, scale length etc......quality looks good although cc cover perhaps a tad rough.....I am no expert on these (cc covers) myself and they are very punishing on the eye with the slightest discrepancy so not picking at all! Great natural timbers here! Oz Tradie: To me this is the standout build by a long margin. The quality is exceptional. The attention to detail is staggering, the carve top style (3 layers), the 'barb' effects on the upper and lower horns, THE TRUSS ROD COVER, the recessed area at the bottom of the body, the mirror finish etc. Congratulations on what I consider to be a master piece....try and top this one OZ!!! To me this is a great example of taking some tried and tested design ideas and improving certain aspects and TASTEFULLY applying subtle differences to achieve a unique result. Capu: Very nice, neat and professional looking build. I am personally not a fan of the hollow body electric though......again, not a criticism. Great build and came in second for me. Lacked a bit of originality for mine compared to OZ build..... Black Labb: Full marks for making everything yourself and trying some unique and very different concepts to what we normally see. Well done. Dawnofzion: Build quality looks very good so big credit for that. Again, strats are not my thing at all and this appears to be a strat hybrid. Again, great craftsmanship. Superfly: I really like this build a lot. Nice choice of timbers and very pleasing and easy on the eye. A great prs copy, no doubt. Hooglebug: Again great build quality from what I can see. Nice colour. Body shape and carve design not to my taste, the bottom section of the body that sticks out just looks a little out of place/proportion for me. Not a fan of the CC cover on this one either I'm afraid. Well done though on the originality stakes! May I also say a great big WELL DONE to all entrants both this month and in the past! I hope to finish a build one day that I would be proud enough of to subject to such scrutiny....that day will come.
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