Olivier Pozzo Double-Top Spruce/MRW

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Olivier Pozzo Double-Top Spruce/MRW

Post by Krokmou » Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:50 am

Hello,

I'm getting a guitar build from Olivier Pozzo a french luthier who live in Nimes (south of france). I thought it would be cool to share with you pictures of the guitar being build.

This is a double top spruce/spruce guitar, with Madagascar rosewood back and sides. Olivier Pozzo is one of the rare luthier to build double top guitar in France, he also build all wood lattice guitar and traditional guitar.

I tried many guitar before choosing Olivier to build my guitar. Among them spanish, australian, canadian, french and american luthier. I tried three guitar from Olivier, one lattice, one double top, and one double-top/lattice. All three of them sounded good, but the double top got my vote. I already had a preference for double top after trying all the guitar.

No more talk, here are the pictures :D
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Re: Olivier Pozzo Double-Top Spruce/MRW

Post by ivan » Fri Mar 06, 2015 11:07 pm

Very nice!
I'm definitely sure this guitar will gives you a lot of happines. :-)

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Re: Olivier Pozzo Double-Top Spruce/MRW

Post by Krokmou » Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:04 pm

Thank you Ivan, I'm sure it will !!

Here is a new picture, the spruce/spruce double top, we can se the nomex thanks to transparency !
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Re: Olivier Pozzo Double-Top Spruce/MRW

Post by robb » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:48 am

Holy cow that is one nice rosette. When is the guitar due?

Aren't you getting a double top? Whats the fan-braced top doing there? Is that the inner top?

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Re: Olivier Pozzo Double-Top Spruce/MRW

Post by Krokmou » Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:59 am

Yes I love it too my favorite rosette so far !

Yes I'm a getting a double top, but the two top are already glue together on my pictures. So what you can see is the inner top with fan brace on it, but the brace are not glued yet.
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Post by jaydenp » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:47 am

nice rosette even though the design is simple and non traditional

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Re: Olivier Pozzo Double-Top Spruce/MRW

Post by Marcus Dominelli » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:17 pm

Thanks for posting. I like what he's doing, both artistically and technically. He does his double top laminations in what appears to be, the same way I do mine - he's leaving a solid area around the bridge.
This is a really good idea, because it allows the maker to re-glue and/or remove the bridge at a some point in the future, if need be. Most DT makers I've seen don't have solid wood around the bridge, and it will pretty much make the guitar unrepairable in the future.

I like his rosette too. Nice work.

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Re: Olivier Pozzo Double-Top Spruce/MRW

Post by Krokmou » Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:23 pm

Marcus Dominelli wrote:Thanks for posting. I like what he's doing, both artistically and technically. He does his double top laminations in what appears to be, the same way I do mine - he's leaving a solid area around the bridge.
This is a really good idea, because it allows the maker to re-glue and/or remove the bridge at a some point in the future, if need be. Most DT makers I've seen don't have solid wood around the bridge, and it will pretty much make the guitar unrepairable in the future.

I like his rosette too. Nice work.
Thank you Marcus. He was pleased to hear your kind words. And he said you understood the way he reasoned building the guitar this way.

Building of the back (three pieces lamination : Madagascar rosewood/Maple cross grain/Indian Rosewood. The goal is to enhance stabiliy :
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Re: Olivier Pozzo Double-Top Spruce/MRW

Post by Krokmou » Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:24 pm

Building of the sides :
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Re: Olivier Pozzo Double-Top Spruce/MRW

Post by Lovemyguitar » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:10 pm

This might be a dumb question, but will this be a rather heavy guitar? All those layers of wood/glue must weigh a fair bit, don't they? It certainly looks like it will be very beautiful -- that spruce top and rosette are exquisite.

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Post by Marcus Dominelli » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:03 am

Is the back going to have braces, or be an arched laminate? If I'd have to guess I'd say with bracing...

Also, is it going to have an elevated fingerboard? He's obviously building the neck and body separately.

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Re: Olivier Pozzo Double-Top Spruce/MRW

Post by Krokmou » Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:54 pm

Lovemyguitar wrote:This might be a dumb question, but will this be a rather heavy guitar? All those layers of wood/glue must weigh a fair bit, don't they? It certainly looks like it will be very beautiful -- that spruce top and rosette are exquisite.
Actually this guitar will not be heavy according to my luthier. Indeed, the number of layer of wood is irrevelant, the true factor is the thickness of the sides and back, and the wood used (all the wood does not have the same weight and density). For the sides he used cedro for the inside which is a light wood.

According to my luthier the guitar total weight will be around 1600 - 1700 grams like a traditionally built guitar.
Is the back going to have braces, or be an arched laminate? If I'd have to guess I'd say with bracing...

Also, is it going to have an elevated fingerboard? He's obviously building the neck and body separately.
It is going to have braces as you can see on the picture number 9.
It is not planned to have an elevated fingerboard although he has already done it before !

Thank you for your interest :D
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Re: Olivier Pozzo Double-Top Spruce/MRW

Post by ric2801 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:06 pm

wow, very beautiful woods, great pictures. thank you for share :)

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Re: Olivier Pozzo Double-Top Spruce/MRW

Post by Krokmou » Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:55 pm

ric2801 wrote:wow, very beautiful woods, great pictures. thank you for share :)
Thank you Eric :D

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