|Project by Chardt||posted 08-08-2013 03:54 PM||1195 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
It’s been a while since I posted here…work, play, and being a Dad have kept me busy.
I realized I haven’t posted a bunch of guitars I’ve finished in quite a while, so I thought I would post them now with a quick description of each..
this is a PINE Telecaster made from an old beam I have had for years…it’s probably 30+ years old, it had been out in the weather for the last few years before I cut it up, and stored it to dry….I used a plain yellow stain (rit dye) and a couple of coats…then I added 2 coats of linseed oil, and shellac. I also did a cream binding. I wired a single humbucker with a push/pull pot on the tone to split to the traditional Tele single coil. This guitar sounds amazingly bright at punchy. It is the best sounding tele I have ever heard/played. In place of the traditional chrome plate I cut an old piece of copper pipe and hammered it out…which adds to the look…and instead of a plastic pickguard I used an old album (*Billy Joel ‘The Stranger’). I was going to use it as a test and go with either Elvis Costello ‘My Aim is True’ or QUEEN ‘A Day at the Races’...but since it turned out great, I kept it.
The next guitar is a Les Paul neck thru with a Curly Redwood top.
I used Alder for the body, and a lot of chisels and rasps to get the arch on top…. For a stain, I started with black and sanded it back then 3 coats of orange and 2 coats of linseed oil before adding shellac. The pickups are handwound humbuckers with coil taps on the tone knobs, and a wraparound bridge to show off more of the redwood. I used a vintage neckthru blank, and have been replacing the boring neck dot’s with raw abalone shell as I get time. This guitar sounds even BETTER than my gibson Les Paul, and it plays amazingly well.
Next we come to a ZebraWood les paul..
This is a much thinner lighter version of the les paul, with a wide neck…I used sparse inlay (only an abalone block at the 12th fret) to keep the focus on the grain of the body. I hand sculpted areas on the top bout where the arm rests, and the control cavity…again using hand wound pickups. This guitar plays great and is very eye catching as well.
And THIS is the Turtle Bass I made as a thank you for Damn Hippie,
Its an alder body Fretless bass with an ebony fingerboard and a Tribal turtle inlay in the body made of Walnut, Mother of Pearl and Copper wire.
There are several more guitars in various stages of finish that I’ll get around to posting once I get them done.
thanks for reading.
-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.