And because Billy Malone lived almost his entire life on the Navajo Reservation working as a genuine Indian trader, a great deal of his story is a story about reservation life, Navajos and old time trading posts.
Paul Berkowitz, The Case of an Indian Trader: Billy Malone and the National Park Service Investigation at Hubbell Trading Post, 2011
I got a nice piece of Spanish cedar from LMII for the neck for the 10 string guitar, but to make the neck I needed to do a full size drawing of the peghead, neck and body. This allows me to figure out how the whole guitar is going to look and work.
The peghead is based upon photos of 10 string Ramirez guitars that I have found online, the only set of plans that I found for a 10 string guitar is from Roy Courtnall's website, but he charges 25 pounds ($38) for the plans. I'm cheap, I have Scot Antes plans for a 1960's Ramirez and my own mind and hands to develop a pleasing head stock. I think it works. I'm not sure if I want to incorporate the Ramirez crest, I want this to be a bench copy, but since I am using a rosette that is not one used by Ramirez, it won't be a really close copy.
I need to do some more research on how large to make the foot, what shape, etc., but at least now I can rip the cedar blank and start making the neck.
Here's Narciso Yepes from 1970. Many music critics of the day thought that he was the best interpreter of this concerto, I agree.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
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