Firebird guitar

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Project by Tim Mahoney posted 05-30-2011 05:49 PM 2396 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest electric guitar with a little mother of pearl inlay on the headstock and fretboard. The body also has some inlay flames. Walnut body, curly maple neck, vintage gibson humbucker pickups.

-- Tim Mahoney, So Cal,

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#1 posted 05-30-2011 07:44 PM

Very nice!! I love the roadrunner inlay, AWESOME!!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#2 posted 05-30-2011 08:08 PM

Is that walnut? If so, it’s not a very common wood for a guitar.

Nice work, especially the inlays. BTW, you’ve deviated from the standard two volume two tone control layout typical of Gibsons. How is your guitar wired?

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#3 posted 05-30-2011 08:45 PM

Whoa, look at that!!!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 04:03 AM

At first I thought it would be a Gibson Firebird, but it’s not. That’s a pretty sweet lookin’ tele you got going on there. Walnut Tele’s are always great. I love putting walnut into my guitar builds. Two of the ones I’m working on now have walnut necks.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#5 posted 05-31-2011 04:12 AM

Insanely beautiful. The flat finish wins me over; the detail is remarkable. Well done, my good man.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 05-31-2011 06:19 PM

The body style is from a 52 broadcaster with the front and back shaping like a strat. I went with just one tone and vol control as I wanted a cleaner look and I don’t use the controls much, just plug it in, set the vol on the amp and go. Walnut is a very good tonewood. It’s not used much in production models because of the cost. The Firebird name is for the roadrunner theme. Here is a nice Firebird style I made for my son in law. It’s a lefty with the strings reversed.

-- Tim Mahoney, So Cal,

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#7 posted 06-01-2011 12:59 PM

How does it play?

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Tim Mahoney

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#8 posted 06-02-2011 12:00 AM

How does it play is a good question. I am just a learner but my son and son-in-law are very good guitar players and they both gave it the thumbs up so I was happy. I know a good musician cares about tone and sound 1st and then how it looks. I can’t make it sound as good as they can but I’m trying.

-- Tim Mahoney, So Cal,

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