Since my first guided guitar built from Jeffrey Yong in August 2010, I began to take guitar building with greater interest and seriousness.
On November 16, year 2012 I began building another acoustic guitar in Jeffrey Yong's workshop. Nothing was "a norm" in Jeffrey's workshop so I selected a combination of top and side/back woods that haven't been tried before. Intuitively, I used MonkeyPod for top and Indonesia Jacaranda for back/side.
Building a guitar was arguably one of the most humbling experiences to me. There was no doubt in my passion for building guitars. I can safely say that I was totally into it and did my best at every junction.
Despite the enthusiasm and effort, there were many mistakes during the process which some I have been careless and some were due to unconscious incompetence.
While these mistakes could be avoided with higher awareness and sharper skills, I could not have done any better than what I have was capable of. It was like my best didn't matter. It wasn't about how much effort I was willing to put it. I was simply not ready to build at Jeffrey's quality level but I was too proud to acknowledge that.
I wanted this guitar to be on par with Jeffrey's guitars but I have never been so wronged before. My best effort and knowledge weren't good enough regardless my passion.
Eventually, I managed to complete the first ever MonkeyPod/Jacaranda acoustic guitar. It sounded decent and I have comprehended at greater depth about guitar building. It was not what my hands are capable of doing, it was what I was willing to accept as reality.
Overall, the guitar looks was decent and the sound didn't meet expectations. As the builder, I am fully aware of the ups and downs the guitar and I have went through. It will remain in my mind as long as I can remember.
All thanks to Jeffrey for his gracious guidance. Above all, praise God for his blessings and wisdom. The pictures are below,
My MonkeyPod Jacaranda JJ Acoustic Guitar