|Project by Scott Oldre||posted 08-05-2014 12:02 AM||1209 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
A few weeks ago, I was motivated to step outside my comfort zone and create a custom guitar. At first it was just going to be a gag gift for our Vicar who is returning to his last year in Lutheran seminary. After that he’ll be called to serve a church somewhere else.
So as I said, it was initially just to be a gag gift because he is a very gifted guitar player who brought a whole new dynamic during his year stay in Irmo, SC. But like most other things, once I start “thinking”, it changes the whole big picture, and this guitar which I’ll call the “Vic-tar” took on a life of it’s own.
I’ve never created any sort of instrument before, but once I started, I knew the goal for me would be to make it actually play. And play it does. Not a huge booming guitar sound, but still very capable of being tuned to a standard guitar sound.
The only things I did not make from scratch, was the fret wire, the tuning pegs, the bridge pegs, and the strings. I had spanish cedar from my greene and greene table build, and was elated to find that this is a prized guitar neck wood so its got a true spanish cedar neck. The sound board and the bottom are also 1/8” spanish cedar. Sure is nice to have that drum sander around when things like this come up. The sides are mahogany, the fretboard is Redheart. The binding on the edges and the peg head at the top are curly maple. The bottom strap button is turned bocote, and the smaller one on the neck is ebony.
I did have to buy a micarta saddle blank and a bone nut blank, but I shaped those by hand as well.
I had a blast building it and now that I’ve got my feet week, itching to build a Taylor copy…can’t play, but I do love the art of guitars. Oh, the finish was 4 coats of BLO/MS/POLY mix, and topped with Polycrylic
-- Scott, Irmo SC