|Project by jeff_wenz||posted 11-25-2014 04:11 PM||2222 views||5 times favorited||14 comments|
This is my second guitar build. My first guitar was a Grizzly Telecaster kit. For this project, The body was made from a nice mahogany slab I had come across. The neck is from StewMac.
Here are some details:
The body is a single piece of mahogany. Since it is “thinline” style, much of the wood is drilled/routed out. This changes the tonal quality and also lessons the weight. This is done from the top. After removing the material, a top is glued on.
The top is ¼” maple. Since I am into veneering, The top has a sapele veneer from veneersupplies.com. The bottom is a more figured mahogany veneer. Also on the back, there is a blue pin stripe going around edge.
The top is bound with cream binding. The “f-hole” design was designed by a friend.
The neck is maple. As stated above, it was purchased from StewMac.
The electronics are what make this guitar special. It has the typical Telecaster pickups (neck and bridge). I used AnalogMan’s Big T pickups. Here is what they sound like (video). I also designed and built the guitar knowing I wanted to install Graph Tech’s acoustic pickups. I am very happy with how this sounds. Check out the video. It is amazing that an electric guitar can produce such realistic acoustic guitar sounds. Since the guitar was designed around this system, the additional electronics are virtually invisible.
I also went a step further and installed Graph Tech’s MIDI Hexpander system. This allows the guitar to be hooked up to a guitar synthesizer to produce even more sounds like piano, drums, cello, and other electric guitar sounds such as Les Paul and so on. Check out all the videos.
A dozen or so coats of aerosol instrument lacquer, then wet sanded and buffed.
Forcing compressed air into a screw hole that goes into a thinline chamber will cause the maple top to EXPLODE causing catastrophic damage thus increasing the project build time by a couple months.
-- Jeff, North Carolina