|Project by Patrick Jaromin||posted 12-19-2014 12:46 PM||2571 views||5 times favorited||14 comments|
An annual running joke at my company is that due to overspending on the space, food, and booze, the social committee ran out of budget for entertainment. The solution, they say, is to form an all-volunteer, all-employee band! This year was no exception.
The band, affectionately known as “LCA” or “lowest-cost alternative” has been a staple at the company winter holiday extravaganza for something like 7 years now. While discussing the band, a coworker and I got on the topic of electric guitar construction. He apparently greatly enjoys, and in fact has specific experience finishing and wiring electric guitars. Up until this point he was unaware that I was an amateur woodworker – who also had interest in guitar-making, or more formally luthiery.
So we decided to make a guitar.
One idea that stuck was an “LCA” guitar. We’d build a custom Gibson SG Junior-style guitar, paint it up in the LCA colors and logo, and play it in the company band. We could maybe have the band members sign it and raffle it off at the party, proceeds to go to charity.
Now I just needed to learn how to build an electric guitar…
(See: http://tenonandspline.com/blog/archives/series/the-lca-sg-jr for more on the build)
The body is poplar, the neck due to time and cost constraints is factory-built from mahogany. The paint job was handled by a coworker’s friend in his shop. It features Gotoh tuners, a Wilkinson wrap-around bridge, and a single Golden Age P90 pickup. Working with acrylic was new for me – it took me some time to work out how to sand it properly.
And with that I present the “LCA Sg Jr.”
In the end we raffled it off with the proceeds to benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois. I’m very proud to report that the raffle raised $2,100!
Here’s the winner holding his new guitar:
And for a bit of color, here are a couple videos of my songs during the LCA Holiday band show at the Chicago House of Blues
-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog