|Project by Dan Lyke||posted 12-31-2012 07:13 PM||2458 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
Daniel is the son of a friend of ours, a young man who lives about 3 hours from us who’s out of high school and having trouble figuring out where to go next. He’d come out to visit while we were building the workshop, and I’d foolishly suggested that he should come back and build a guitar in it.
Well, he called us up and said “really?”. Charlene and I are nothing if not suckers for spoiling other people’s children when we think there’s opportunity for personal growth and skill and confidence building, so we said “sure!”. And then we had to figure out how to build it.
So he came out and stayed with us for a few weeks earlier in December, and then he and his mom came back this weekend to finish it up.
The through-neck is constructed from maple and walnut. The body is quilted maple sandwiched over a layer of Peruvian mahogany. The fingerboard is comatillo, a Mexican Rosewood, and the trim pieces are purpleheart. Brass or brass plated hardware finishes it out.
Note that a couple of things changed dramatically during construction (the fret board and the bridge both changed due to my screw-ups), so if it looks like we’re building two guitars here, that’s why.
And, yes, we think we’re done for now, but everyone agrees that that peghead neads something in it to break up the huge expanse… maybe a patterned brass truss rod cover, maybe some sort of inlay. But that can wait for a few months…
And we need to do some better recording, but here’s a few seconds of him jamming with the new bridge:
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-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke