|Project by Tennessee||posted 11-07-2014 09:48 PM||2029 views||3 times favorited||17 comments|
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!
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com