The Atomic Age Surfcaster Semi-hollow Electric Guitar

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Project by Patrick Jaromin posted 11-07-2016 12:52 PM 2797 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Upon completion of the “Wishcaster” guitar – which is destined to be raffled off – I decided I needed to build another one that I could keep.

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The specs:
Body: African Mahogany with a Maple burl cap; top bound in white pearloid plastic binding
Neck: African Mahogany with Padauk and birdseye Maple “racing stripe” brass side dots installed in the Padauk
Headstock: African Mahogany sandwiched between Padauk and Maple (birdseye back, burl top veneer)
Finish:”Nuclear burst” – Transtint Bright Red and Amber dyes, hand-wiped Homer Formsby Tung Oil finish

This guitar features gold hardware with “lipstick” style alnico pickups. Once again I wired the neck pickup RWRP to provided a humbucking effect when used together. For this guitar I added a push/pull DPDT switch for the volume control that switches between typical parallel to series wiring for the pickups. This adds a bit of warmth and gives the signal a boost. This is my fourth electric and the first to feature my new logo inlay…

If you’d like to see more, I’ve blogged the build process at
I hope you like!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#1 posted 11-07-2016 01:21 PM

Seriously fine work

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Patrick Jaromin

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#2 posted 11-07-2016 01:57 PM

Thanks, Roger!

Coolest thing about building guitars is getting to play them – and let friends play them. Same day it was finished I brought it to a party at a former bandmate’s house (breaking in his new rehearsal space in the basement). It got a work out for a couple hours and a big ‘thumbs up’ by two guitar players (that’s me sitting in on drums…drummers are very unreliable and none showed :) ).

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#3 posted 11-07-2016 03:14 PM

That’s a great guitar. I particularly like the fretboard inlays.

-- Barry,

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#4 posted 11-07-2016 03:22 PM

Just wow!


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#5 posted 11-07-2016 04:59 PM

Nice! I like your logo and inlay work. The color is cool too.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 11-07-2016 07:26 PM

Thanks Barry, Barbara, and Dan!
I really enjoyed putting this one together.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#7 posted 11-18-2016 04:47 AM

Excellent work mate.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 01-15-2018 08:28 AM

This guitar is such a beautiful piece. You did a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 01-15-2018 12:01 PM

Drummers are the dishwashers of the band.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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