LumberJocks

electric guitar

  • Advertise with us
Project by tdv posted 1618 days ago 1417 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We live in the UK my son plays & is a big fan of Ibanez guitars & Paul Gilbert an American rock guitarist who played in a band called Mr Big so I built him this custom version with some of the features he liked. The body is two piece ash the neck is maple with a scarfe jointed reversed headstock. The fretboard is ebony & only has the feather M.O.P. inlays at the 12th fret he plays classical guitar as well & is used to the clean look of the fingerboard. My first attemt at pyrography (didn’t have the right tool so I used a soldering iron) a bit rough I’m afraid. he took it along to a concert & Paul Gilbert was quite impressed & (dreams really do come true) invited my son to play on stage with him & he even signed it. Hope you like it

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK





16 comments so far

View Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor's profile

Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

4930 posts in 1905 days


#1 posted 1618 days ago

Nice guitar. I like the carrying handle.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

View Lupo's profile

Lupo

206 posts in 1619 days


#2 posted 1618 days ago

WOW! What a great Dad….. That is an amazing gift with a lot of thought. Great job.

View webwood's profile

webwood

618 posts in 1847 days


#3 posted 1618 days ago

the old steve vai jem – very cool

-- -erik & christy-

View RexMcKinnon's profile

RexMcKinnon

2593 posts in 1792 days


#4 posted 1618 days ago

Beautiful guitar.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

View tdv's profile

tdv

1114 posts in 1667 days


#5 posted 1618 days ago

Thankyou for the kind words yes the handle is taken from The Steve Vai idea that’s the beauty of working with wood & websites like lumberjocks we can all inspire each other to do good things there are so many wonerful ways to make the same thing out of wood I like to think when I cut into a plank & reveal the beauty within that only God saw it before me & it’s been waiting maybe a couple of hundred years to display it’s beauty to the world.

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

View BarnwoodBARNEY's profile

BarnwoodBARNEY

63 posts in 1632 days


#6 posted 1618 days ago

Beautimus,Great job,Hows it sound??

-- BarnwoodBARNEY Texas USA

View RandyMarine's profile

RandyMarine

235 posts in 1966 days


#7 posted 1618 days ago

Even someone like me can appreciate the beauty here.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

View jayjay's profile

jayjay

639 posts in 1643 days


#8 posted 1618 days ago

Building a guitar seems like a huge undertaking. So many variables to consider from the tonewood to the electronics. Looks like you have some previous experience building guitars.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

View donjoe's profile

donjoe

1360 posts in 1628 days


#9 posted 1618 days ago

Really cool guitar. Beautiful job. I know meeting Paul was a thrill for your son. My son got to sit in and listen to Les Paul before he passed away. He will never forget it. Great gift for your son.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

View George Barreras's profile

George Barreras

185 posts in 1889 days


#10 posted 1618 days ago

Beautiful guitar, your son is blessed to have such a wonderful and caring father.

-- Nubs,Reserve

View yarydoc's profile

yarydoc

417 posts in 1741 days


#11 posted 1618 days ago

Nice

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

View matt garcia's profile

matt garcia

1811 posts in 2269 days


#12 posted 1412 days ago

You know, Brian May’s father built his “Red Special” for him. You Brits are great dads!! This is a nice axe!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

View Tdazzo's profile

Tdazzo

50 posts in 1446 days


#13 posted 1367 days ago

Good point about Brian May Matt. I do think I remember him saying he “helped” build it (I think he was ~10 when they built it, if I remember correctly).

Anyway, as a big Ibanez fan myself I can really appreciate this axe. Love the reverse headstock too. Always favored the reverse look. Did you make the neck too or buy one? I’ve always wanted to make a guitar for myself but the neck is such a crucial part. Still intimidating at my current skill level.

Great looking guitar, and great story behind it. Thanks for posting.

-- "If you can't do something smart, do something right." -- Sheppard Book

View tdv's profile

tdv

1114 posts in 1667 days


#14 posted 1367 days ago

Tdazzo Thanks I made the neck which was a bit of a challenge because of the “scarfe joint” standard guitar necks are not too difficult just working out how to get a nice tight joint was the challenge, which I did by cutting the headstock off the flat board at the required angle clean up the faces & flip the headstock piece over this creates the angle then glue them together & screw them OUTSIDE of the neck layout with one clamp in the centre. When yo finally cut the neck out the screws fall away with the waste. Give it a go
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

View Mark A. DeCou's profile

Mark A. DeCou

1973 posts in 3002 days


#15 posted 1366 days ago

great project, and story…...and the signature he’ll treasure along with the guitar dad built him.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

showing 1 through 15 of 16 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase