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Project by tdv posted 02-16-2010 05:00 PM 1908 views 1 time 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

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#1 posted 02-16-2010 05:06 PM

Nice guitar. I like the carrying handle.

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#2 posted 02-16-2010 05:08 PM

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

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#3 posted 02-16-2010 05:41 PM

the old steve vai jem – very cool

-- -erik & christy-

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#4 posted 02-16-2010 08:23 PM

Beautiful guitar.

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

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#5 posted 02-16-2010 09:37 PM

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

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#6 posted 02-16-2010 09:51 PM

Beautimus,Great job,Hows it sound??

-- BarnwoodBARNEY Texas USA

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#7 posted 02-16-2010 11:27 PM

Even someone like me can appreciate the beauty here.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#8 posted 02-17-2010 03:46 AM

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

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#9 posted 02-17-2010 04:27 AM

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.

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George Barreras

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#10 posted 02-17-2010 05:57 AM

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

-- Nubs,Reserve

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#11 posted 02-17-2010 07:30 AM


-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#12 posted 09-11-2010 04:34 AM

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

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#13 posted 10-26-2010 06:21 AM

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

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#14 posted 10-26-2010 09:29 AM

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

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

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Mark A. DeCou

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#15 posted 10-26-2010 03:52 PM

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

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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