|Project by Chardt||posted 03-23-2011 03:15 PM||1651 views||1 time favorited||14 comments|
I have been working on these guitars off and on for a while now, and with the arrival of our new baby, I was able to take 2 months off and stay home with her…during nap times I was able to get them finished.
The bass was finished about 2 years ago, but I put it in the pic to show all of the guitars I’ve made so far…here are the details.
Guitar1. (second from left) Spalted alder. Its a basic strat shape that I made as an archtop.I carved this by hand and scalloped the cutaways using rasps and files. It is to accentuate the scalloped fingerboard. It is finished with a diluted yellow dye and boiled linseed oil with 5 coats of clear shellac. The spalted alder is pretty soft, and sucks up the finish.
Guitar 2 (third from left) Is a neck thru body, with a ‘basic’ gibson SG shape. It’s made out of Purple heart. Its also an archtop, which makes it more comfortable for my playing style. I took a long time to make this guitar as perfect as I could. It turned out GREAT. I wired it with seymore duncan ‘Pearly Gates’ pickups and wired each to a Push/push pot for coil tap. It is very versatile, from bright clear sounds through a Fender twin, to blistering metal through a Marshal, to the classic rock of ZZ TOP and Doobie brothers through my tiny Electar tube amp..this guitar is a close second to my Les Paul Standard.
Guitar 3 (far right) This guitar is my attempt at a basic Fender Telecaster shape. It is again made out of Purple heart, and the interesting element is the hand hammered Copper pickguard. It is burnished with a propane torch to soften it and make it easier to work with, but also to add to the coloring. I used an old fender strat neck that fits it perfectly, and used 2 humbuckers wired with individual mini toggles.
I say all of the bodies are ‘basic’ shapes of other guitars because I shaped them all by hand, adding little characteristics that I thought made them unique and more playable.
Now that I have gained some experience with these, I am currently building my first ‘Flying V’ which will have a curly maple top and neck thru body design. It will be made of the spalted alder as well.
Hopefully this summer I will buy some stock of Mahogany and turn this hobby into a small custom shop as a side business.
thanks for looking, and feel free to shoot me mail with any questions.
-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.