I don't know if this is the most appropriate place to post this. It deals with a very special guitar that you're not likely to ever obtain to assuage your case of GAS, but it's primarily a human interest story. Yesterday I was chatting with a young man, who works in the FabLab at Nrthampton Community College (NCC), where I have been learning to build guitars sinnce January. Justin has been friendly and helpful to me in the time he's been there, but until yesterday, all my conversations with him were very short. Yesterday we were talking about capability of the new CNC mini-mill to cut mother of pearl and abalone for inlay art, and the topic turned to outrageously beautiful inlays and the artists who make them. I knew Justin had worked at Martin, and we talked about a few guitars I'd seen recently while touring Martin's custom shop with a friend who works there (who Justin knows, naturally). In addition to knowing the Martin employees who do inlay work, Justin knows also Tracy Cox and David Nichols, renowned custom inlay artists and both former CFMartin employees who still do custom work for Martin in their own individual shops. I don't remember exactly how we got to it, but eventually I came to learn that Justin was the builder of the 65 Roses guitar. He seemed a bit surprised I knew about it, but I told him I remembered reading about it years ago in our local newspaper. It's a special guitar built by a special man for a special cause, and I'll let the links tell that story better than I can.
"The treatments and exercise are there to add years to my life, but I do this to add life to my years." We can learn so much from people with this kind of motivation.
I have been blessed to meet many amazing luthiers over the last few month. I'm inspired by their work and their stories. It's inspiring to see how much people are willing to help each other in the luthier community. Yesterday was an especially uplifting day. (It didn't hurt that my work went well yesterday, inlaying my initials in the peghead of "Niblet" - see photo.)
If you have ever thought about building a guitar, get after it! You'll get so much more out of it besides the guitar.