NGD - Finished! custom Avalon L7-390 FC Ziricote/Sinker Redwood 12 fret jumbo Florentine + soundport

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ToneControlToneControl Frets: 6368
edited November 1 in Acoustics
I travelled to the Avalon workshops near Belfast yesterday to meet the team and commission a custom guitar 

Their "custom shop" models are the "Ard ri" and ARC ranges. You can spec everything, and choose the pieces of wood

They have an excellent deal - if you fly over there, they'll pick you up from the airport or local hotel, and return you at the end of the day, give you a personal workshop tour, and take you out for lunch. You can select the woods for your Ard ri guitar, and they will knock off £100 as a reward for visiting them to place the custom order

I have ordered a very fine-tuned spec, which should tick every box for me
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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 2139
    I travelled to the Avalon workshops near Belfast yesterday to meet the team and commission a custom guitar 

    Their "custom shop" models are the "Ard ri" and ARC ranges. You can spec everything, and choose the pieces of wood

    They have an excellent deal - if you fly over there, they'll pick you up from the airport or local hotel, and return you at the end of the day, give you a personal workshop tour, and take you out for lunch. You can select the woods for your Ard ri guitar, and they will knock off £100 as a reward for visiting them to place the custom order

    I have ordered a very fine-tuned spec, which should tick every box for me
    Nice. 

    What specs did you go for? 

    Have you ordered custom before?  I've done a few times, two of the times being with Spanish guys who spoke no English, and I speak no Spanish....
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  • thomasross20thomasross20 Frets: 3857
    When will it be ready? :) 
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  • Andy79Andy79 Frets: 96
    Exciting times. Will you be involved along the way? Or just wait for the bill. 
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  • ToneControlToneControl Frets: 6368
    I'll see the photos as it gestates for 10 weeks!

    Ard Ri L7-390FC-Custom

    12 fret Jumbo

    46mm nut
    Ziricote
    Sinker redwood
    Florentine Cutaway
    Carved Sound Port

    The sinker redwood is very attractive, and had excellent tap test results
    the ziricote is also excellent
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  • thomasross20thomasross20 Frets: 3857
    I'd never heard about sound port until recently! ;)
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  • ToneControlToneControl Frets: 6368
    I'd never heard about sound port until recently! ;)

    Here's the port I had added to another Avalon (after buying it, not as part of a build)
    https://boards.wetransfer.com/board/s6b9ahpb2y6pcb6xk20190617184554/latest




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  • GTCGTC Frets: 49
    I've also got a custom Ard Ri lefty on the way - hopefully due for shipment next week. I couldn't get out there in person but the guys were very helpful in finalising the spec details - providing photos of the tonewood sets available so that I could choose and even suggesting some possible improvements along the way for me to choose.

    The spec is for a small body 12 fretter with cutaway - redwood top and 3,500 yr old bog oak back and sides. 46mm nut and a tree of life 12th fret inlay.The bindings are snakewood and I asked for a matching snakewood back seam inlay. During production they suggested it might look better without it as it distracted from the beautiful grain of the bog oak. They did a mock up with and without for me to decide - and they were dead right!

    They've kept me up to date with production steps via a photo board throughout the ten weeks production time.

    I ordered this one after being incredibly impressed with a 2018 L2-20 jumbo lefty I bought from them back in April. With this one coming I'm reluctantly selling the L2-20 lefty to maintain domestic harmony. <SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT>  My L2-20 is currently for sale by auction on eBay (ends Sunday evening, SP £850)
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  • thomasross20thomasross20 Frets: 3857
    That's a great deal on that. 
    And they are mega helpful guys!
    Looks amazing @ToneControl !!

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  • ToneControlToneControl Frets: 6368
    GTC said:
    I've also got a custom Ard Ri lefty on the way - hopefully due for shipment next week. I couldn't get out there in person but the guys were very helpful in finalising the spec details - providing photos of the tonewood sets available so that I could choose and even suggesting some possible improvements along the way for me to choose.

    The spec is for a small body 12 fretter with cutaway - redwood top and 3,500 yr old bog oak back and sides. 46mm nut and a tree of life 12th fret inlay.The bindings are snakewood and I asked for a matching snakewood back seam inlay. During production they suggested it might look better without it as it distracted from the beautiful grain of the bog oak. They did a mock up with and without for me to decide - and they were dead right!

    They've kept me up to date with production steps via a photo board throughout the ten weeks production time.

    I ordered this one after being incredibly impressed with a 2018 L2-20 jumbo lefty I bought from them back in April. With this one coming I'm reluctantly selling the L2-20 lefty to maintain domestic harmony. <SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT>  My L2-20 is currently for sale by auction on eBay (ends Sunday evening, SP £850)
    I think I saw a fancy fingerboard inlay

    I also opted to miss the back seam inlay, since the ziricote is a very figured piece
    I thought about the bog oak, but after buying an S7-390, decided that ziricote is amazing for me
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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 2139
    I'll see the photos as it gestates for 10 weeks!

    Ard Ri L7-390FC-Custom

    12 fret Jumbo

    46mm nut
    Ziricote
    Sinker redwood
    Florentine Cutaway
    Carved Sound Port

    The sinker redwood is very attractive, and had excellent tap test results
    the ziricote is also excellent
    Wow.  All out it seems, no holding back!  
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  • GTCGTC Frets: 49
    That's the nicest piece of ziricote I've seen!
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 4061
    Really looking forward to hearing more about this :-) 
    "Congratulations on being officially the most right anyone has ever been about anything, ever." -- Noisepolluter knows the score
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  • ToneControlToneControl Frets: 6368
    edited July 26
    GTC said:
    That's the nicest piece of ziricote I've seen!
    They had one even nicer looking, also nice sounding, but slightly too small for a Jumbo
    the photo above is the sinker though
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  • ToneControlToneControl Frets: 6368
    I travelled to the Avalon workshops near Belfast yesterday to meet the team and commission a custom guitar 

    Their "custom shop" models are the "Ard ri" and ARC ranges. You can spec everything, and choose the pieces of wood

    They have an excellent deal - if you fly over there, they'll pick you up from the airport or local hotel, and return you at the end of the day, give you a personal workshop tour, and take you out for lunch. You can select the woods for your Ard ri guitar, and they will knock off £100 as a reward for visiting them to place the custom order

    I have ordered a very fine-tuned spec, which should tick every box for me
    Nice. 

    What specs did you go for? 

    Have you ordered custom before?  I've done a few times, two of the times being with Spanish guys who spoke no English, and I speak no Spanish....
    not custom before, no
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    GTC said:
    I've also got a custom Ard Ri lefty on the way - hopefully due for shipment next week. I couldn't get out there in person but the guys were very helpful in finalising the spec details - providing photos of the tonewood sets available so that I could choose and even suggesting some possible improvements along the way for me to choose.

    The spec is for a small body 12 fretter with cutaway - redwood top and 3,500 yr old bog oak back and sides. 46mm nut and a tree of life 12th fret inlay.The bindings are snakewood and I asked for a matching snakewood back seam inlay. During production they suggested it might look better without it as it distracted from the beautiful grain of the bog oak. They did a mock up with and without for me to decide - and they were dead right!

    They've kept me up to date with production steps via a photo board throughout the ten weeks production time.

    I ordered this one after being incredibly impressed with a 2018 L2-20 jumbo lefty I bought from them back in April. With this one coming I'm reluctantly selling the L2-20 lefty to maintain domestic harmony. <SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT>  My L2-20 is currently for sale by auction on eBay (ends Sunday evening, SP £850)
    I'd put teh L2-20 on buy it now at a much higher price for a few months. Especially as a lefty.
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  • ToneControlToneControl Frets: 6368
    I'll see the photos as it gestates for 10 weeks!

    Ard Ri L7-390FC-Custom

    12 fret Jumbo

    46mm nut
    Ziricote
    Sinker redwood
    Florentine Cutaway
    Carved Sound Port

    The sinker redwood is very attractive, and had excellent tap test results
    the ziricote is also excellent
    Wow.  All out it seems, no holding back!  
    glad someone noticed, yes I turned all the dials to 11
    It was going to be a 12-fret dread
    I didn't go for fancy inlays though!

    But I did ask for a very lively shell rosette: Paua Paua Abalone

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  • GTCGTC Frets: 49
    GTC said:
    That's the nicest piece of ziricote I've seen!
    They had one even nicer looking, also nice sounding, but slightly too small for a Jumbo
    the photo above is the sinker though
    Well - that's me failed on the boy scout tonewood identification badge then! Let's try again - that's the nicest piece of sinker redwood I've seen.
    I ordered this one after being incredibly impressed with a 2018 L2-20 jumbo lefty I bought from them back in April. With this one coming I'm reluctantly selling the L2-20 lefty to maintain domestic harmony
    I'd put teh L2-20 on buy it now at a much higher price for a few months. Especially as a lefty.
    If the object was money then you are right - but we are talking about domestic harmony here ;)  
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  • thomasross20thomasross20 Frets: 3857
    I'm going to learn left handed guitar just so I can get this deal! Lol
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    GTC said:
    GTC said:
    That's the nicest piece of ziricote I've seen!
    They had one even nicer looking, also nice sounding, but slightly too small for a Jumbo
    the photo above is the sinker though
    Well - that's me failed on the boy scout tonewood identification badge then! Let's try again - that's the nicest piece of sinker redwood I've seen.
    I ordered this one after being incredibly impressed with a 2018 L2-20 jumbo lefty I bought from them back in April. With this one coming I'm reluctantly selling the L2-20 lefty to maintain domestic harmony
    I'd put teh L2-20 on buy it now at a much higher price for a few months. Especially as a lefty.
    If the object was money then you are right - but we are talking about domestic harmony here ;)  
    yes, I had to jettison a few guitars and a very nice Victoria amp to get this custom build through the disapproval stage. I think the physical theatre of boxing all those things up in our hallway helped me there
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  • AnchorboyAnchorboy Frets: 317
    @ToneControl VERY nice .. I'm based about 5 mins from Avalon. If you're ever over again give me a shout 
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    Anchorboy said:
    @ToneControl VERY nice .. I'm based about 5 mins from Avalon. If you're ever over again give me a shout 
    thanks

    I used to come over lots in the late 80s and 90s, very impressed with the improvements since then
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  • KalimnaKalimna Frets: 610

    Oh good lord, that ziricote is pretty! For an acoustic guitar, I don't think there is a single species I prefer aesthetically to ziricote (possibly cocobolo), and that is stunning.

    Look forward to updated photo's.

    Adam

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  • thomasross20thomasross20 Frets: 3857
    How does zircote sound, again?? Looks amazing !!!
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  • ToneControlToneControl Frets: 6368
    How does zircote sound, again?? Looks amazing !!!
    I was a doubter on ziricote. The ziricote/rewood small body Avalon I bought is like a much larger £5k guitar, louder, with an aural exciter added. Even my kids can tell the difference (against more expensive guitars)
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  • thomasross20thomasross20 Frets: 3857
    And it looks so good, too. Total win!!

    Have you tried the "amazaque" wood they use? 
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  • ToneControlToneControl Frets: 6368
    And it looks so good, too. Total win!!

    Have you tried the "amazaque" wood they use? 
    not yet
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