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Project by Tennessee posted 629 days ago 1269 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thought it was time for another guitar. Just came out of the shop today. This is number 049, and my 50th is on the bench. Not bad for being in my 37th month of this. Whoo! Surrounded by lots of jewelry boxes and other little items…
This unit features Ambrosia Maple, as you can clearly see! I thought this was one of the finer pieces of Ambrosia Maple I have come across, and I have enough for two three more projects of some sort. Pickguard is made of Bolivian Rosewood with a clear red stain to simulate the red tortoise shell pickguards that used to be used by Fender years ago.
The entire guitar is finished in ten coats of hand rubbed nitro lacquer, with a Natural Minwax stain as an initial oil/grain popper. The back of the neck is finished in five coats of satin nitro to allow for faster hand action. Shiny finishes make a player’s hand stick to one place after a while.
The neck is maple on maple.

For all you savvy guitar players, this features my Tsunami SUT wiring system. In this case, twin Fender single coils with a Kent Armstrong humbucker in the middle. Wiring is, from position 1 to 5: Neck, Neck/Bridge(both singles), Bridge, Bridge/Humbucker, Humbucker.

Thanks for lookin’!

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com





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BTimmons

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#1 posted 629 days ago

Quite a looker. Love the wood choices here.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 629 days ago

Man that’s beautiful

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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WoodenFrog

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#3 posted 629 days ago

WoW! So Beautiful!!
Awesome work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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rmoore

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#4 posted 628 days ago

I have always wanted to see a guitar made of ambrosia maple. What a beauty!!!!

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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HalDougherty

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#5 posted 628 days ago

That’s one of the most beautiful guitars I’ve seen. When I started carving gunstocks, I made a test stock from some ambrosia maple I hadn’t used for anything else just to duplicate a pattern I didn’t have. I loved the natural camo look the stripes and color changes gave it as well as the deep rich polish maple has when it’s sanded to 1000 grit and polished. Since then ambrosia maple has been requested almost as much as walnut. It sure makes a beautiful guitar body too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Tennessee

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#6 posted 628 days ago

Thanks for all the great comments!

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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ohwoodeye

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#7 posted 628 days ago

I don’t have a musical bone in my body and I certainly don’t know how to play a guitar. But if I did, I would want to play this beauty. Well Done!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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solardave

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#8 posted 628 days ago

Stunning! That’s a beauty.

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 628 days ago

It’s a real beauty great job Paul.

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MonteCristo

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#10 posted 628 days ago

Awesome looking guitar Paul !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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Ken90712

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#11 posted 628 days ago

A thing of beauty!!!! It ROCKS!!!!!!! Pun intended…LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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AaronK

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#12 posted 628 days ago

very interesting (and nice) build. I’ve never heard a HB in the middle position – do you happen to have any demo recordings that feature it?

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Tennessee

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#13 posted 628 days ago

Aaron: well, there is one video on Youtube of me playing a similar setup. Tsunami SUT Ultra is the name of the video, but the camera auto corrected for the sound. There is another, better one, a Cedar telecaster I built well over a year ago, that the guy correctly shows off the sounds. They can be reached through my website. Just scroll down the front page and they are listed. I’ve actually built about ten of this configuration, and it sells mainly to people playing in cover bands, who want a wide variety of sounds with one guitar. The wiring and pickup configuration was developed when I got challenged to do a “one guitar for a gig” by a session musician from Nashville, almost two years ago now.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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lumberjoe

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#14 posted 628 days ago

Nice work! This is a really unique guitar. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate the work that goes into a “fame maple” dye job, but this is “just wood”. One question, did you fill the pin holes with anything?

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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Tedster

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#15 posted 628 days ago

Sweet! I’ve been watching a lot of guitar making vids on youtube lately and I’m really impressed with the work and patience that goes into building them. Thanks for sharing :)

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