Well, it’s been over a year since I started this blog. A lot has happened and a lot of things have changed.
The female half of our owner couple at the park passed away, I have been in the hospital and told I have some severe heart problems, then, we found out the male owner detested us and did everything in his power to get rid of us, short of firing us.
Then, thankfully, the park sold to a new owner and I was informed I could put my shop back together after the old boss told me the electric bill was too much. (That took me several months).
A few days ago I was put on a high dose of Nitro because some of the problems had gotten much worse, (I can’t work more than 5-6 minutes without 10 minutes resting time).
I also had to back out of a promise to a friend I care about a lot to design and build a band saw mill that would be accessible for him. I just don’t have the strength or stamina to do stuff like that anymore.
Anyway, thanks for reading all that boring stuff before you got to this point.
I have decided I have 4 or 5 projects I simply must get done before I can no longer do this anymore.
One is to finish this guitar and give it to my son who has become 50 times the guitar player I ever was.
I will use the original basswood body but I have replaced a lot of stuff with custom parts. I found a set of classic humbucking Gibson pickups vintage around 1960, not PAF humbuckers, but pretty good.
Grover 18:1 tuners, NOS, chrome. I also found a Bigsby trapeze tailpiece and bridge from a 1964 Gibson Les Paul.
I am now looking for a neck for this “Frankenguitar” because as much as I enjoy the look of the original and I’m not able to make one myself, especially with the profile he uses is out of the question.
Anyway, I have been looking around for a veneer to put on this guitar, front, sides, and headstock and back. (I won’t say why I need a new veneer, but it didn’t come from over sanding or bad dying).
Well, today I was poking around on eBay and I happened to find some veneer I REALLY like!
This is gorgeous stuff. It is called London Plane tree burl, and I bought 4 sheets, 10 1/2” x 35” for $34.00, shipping included.
It is raw and can be bookmatched, and if I make a mistake I will have enough to redo it.
This is going to be a slow learning and building process for me so please bear with me, it might take more time. No promises.
These are pictures of the veneer. I hope you enjoy them.
-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!