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My 67th guitar...who would have thought!

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Project by Tennessee posted 11-07-2014 09:48 PM 1973 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been a while since I posted any project, so I thought a guitar, which I always seem to be building one, would be in order.
This one features:
Purpleheart front with a redheart racing stripe flanked by flame maple. Wild cherry back with a purpleheart center stripe flanked with flame maple. Wild cherry pickguard, half inlaid.

The neck started out as a six-on-a side tuner arrangement, but I have developed a method over the years to convert six-on-a side to 3X3 tuner arrangement as this one, and I can also go the other way.

Then I veneered the headstock, front and back with an interesting AAAA flame maple heartwood I found in one of my local hardwood outlets. Nice piece of wood. I plan on using it for veneer and maybe a couple pickguards. It was about 14” by 6”, and cut to 9/4 thickness.

The neck is interesting on this one, being a much wider than normal neck at the nut. 1 7/8”. Rather shallow C back. Really nice. I found a guy in California who builds these for less than $85, and it was the first neck in almost two years I didn’t have to do fret work on. Just a great neck.

The body is finished in 14 coats of hand rubbed Tru-Oil, which I use exclusively now. Final polished with Megula’s mirror polish. Takes me about two weeks to get the finish on, with drying and such. The neck has four coats of Tru-oil on the back, buffed to a semi flat sheen for speed. The headstock front and back is sprayed in gloss lacquer.

Hardware and electronics – triple Duncan style four-wire humbuckers, series/parallel switches for each, Baldwin American made low resistance (125K) pots with retro Bakelite knobs, volume and tone for each pickup, Orange Drop capacitors, five way switch wired in a standard Strat manner, save these are all buckers.
All gold or black hardware.
Number 67, and 68 is on the bench and the deposit for 69 is in the bank. Sheesh!

Enjoy!!

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com





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#1 posted 11-07-2014 10:53 PM

Wow. Beautiful!

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#2 posted 11-08-2014 12:07 AM

Ditto Josh on this!

I’m curious are these for customers?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 11-08-2014 01:46 AM

Wow that is one mighty pretty guitar – great craftsmanship.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#4 posted 11-08-2014 02:41 AM

Great looking, you are very committed to these instruments construction

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Tennessee

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#5 posted 11-08-2014 11:24 AM

Doc, I only build maybe one guitar a year that has not already been commissioned for someone. This one is going to Colorado.
Thanks, all!

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#6 posted 11-08-2014 01:08 PM

I am humbled by you guitar and instrument makers. Requires precision and a high level of craftsmanship. Nice work Paul

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#7 posted 11-08-2014 02:31 PM

Looks nice. I just finished number 17 (or is it 18?). I promised my wife that after the current batch is done, I’m going to take a year or two break. Otherwise there would be at least one more on the bench. The difference between you and I is that I keep the vast majority of mine.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#8 posted 11-08-2014 05:52 PM

Paul, Brian,

My wife said after I was complaining about maitainance on my shop, garden/dust collector shed, and the cat feeding/station. “You built it.” I also remember Jim Post famous words about a small cabinet shop. “Don’t build it unless you have a place for it.”

I have more stuff than places these days, but …..... LOL!

Gentlemen that’s a lot of guitars. Which I’m sure bring pleasure to the ear.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Tennessee

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#9 posted 11-09-2014 01:14 PM

I only have three around – one that didn’t sell that I built for a show, a solidbody electric mandolin, and the original number one.
Some pics in the next post.
Anyway, all the rest are sold.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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Tennessee

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#10 posted 11-09-2014 01:34 PM

First two pics are the electric mandolin, the second two are the Tsunami Puzzler, and the final pic is the original number one.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#11 posted 11-09-2014 05:59 PM

Hope they sound as good as they look! But if they didn’t you’d not be selling them as quick as you are. Any star musicians?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Tennessee

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#12 posted 11-10-2014 12:45 PM

I did have a band up in Nashville, but they broke up and spread all over the place. Other than that, my biggest is a reggae band in Louisville, KY.
I sell a lot of guitars to young people who cannot afford the $2500 custom, and older men who want their first custom, kind of a mid-life thing.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#13 posted 11-10-2014 07:14 PM

Might send “Clapton” one to try out? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 11-10-2014 07:25 PM

You do Beautiful work Paul.

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#15 posted 11-10-2014 10:29 PM

Thanks, Jim!

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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