Re: Custom RBM2 project
Well, it is a lot simpler than the PGM (it doesnt has bindings on the body and headstock, and it doesnt have inlays in the body and neck, it doesnt have a veneer on the headstock, and it features a 3 piece neck instead of a 5 piece neck), so its going to be different (and less epxpensive!).
I think it may come out looking nearly as good, though. I really like the bocote Im using for the top, and the freatboard. In fact, the decistion to leave the freatboard without inlays had nothing to do with the budjet, but instead was taken because the freatboard is just beautifull and it matchs the top perfectly. The neck will look as good (if not better) than the PGM. The quartersawn Granadillo really match the quartersawn bocote. The decistion to make a 3 piece neck instead of a 5 piece neck was taken because the wider "3 pieces" of wood are better to show the natural matching "striped" figures of the wood.
This project, along with the 2 customizations that are in progress (RT and RBM1), are the last guitars Im going to be able to make with Gabriel, because I will probably return to live in Argentina in the next months.
When this 3 ones are finished, 5 of my guitars are going to be either custom made or customized by these amazing Luthiers, so I think I ve done as much as I could with them.
About the custom jem... well, before the Custom PGM was made, my initial project was a custom jem based on one of the virtual jems, but it would ve been a little complex to be entirely handmade so I dropped it.
Yesterday I came out with the idea of "natural GMC or natural RMC", basically a jem with a very swirled bocote top (swirled pieces of bocote are easier to find than the ones Im using on the custom RBM) stained and cleacoated with a transparent green or red. You may end up with a credible swirl if you pick up the right top of bocote. It easy to make and it may look OK. I dont have the time to do it though. If I ever have the chance to do it, I will probably make a test over a blank of swirled bocote in order to see if the result is worth doing the project, because it may turn out not so cool.