The Charity "LCA SG Jr" Electric Guitar

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Project by Patrick Jaromin posted 12-19-2014 12:46 PM 3730 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An annual running joke at my company is that due to overspending on the space, food, and booze, the social committee ran out of budget for entertainment. The solution, they say, is to form an all-volunteer, all-employee band! This year was no exception.

The band, affectionately known as “LCA” or “lowest-cost alternative” has been a staple at the company winter holiday extravaganza for something like 7 years now. While discussing the band, a coworker and I got on the topic of electric guitar construction. He apparently greatly enjoys, and in fact has specific experience finishing and wiring electric guitars. Up until this point he was unaware that I was an amateur woodworker – who also had interest in guitar-making, or more formally luthiery.

So we decided to make a guitar.

One idea that stuck was an “LCA” guitar. We’d build a custom Gibson SG Junior-style guitar, paint it up in the LCA colors and logo, and play it in the company band. We could maybe have the band members sign it and raffle it off at the party, proceeds to go to charity.

Now I just needed to learn how to build an electric guitar…
(See: for more on the build)

The body is poplar, the neck due to time and cost constraints is factory-built from mahogany. The paint job was handled by a coworker’s friend in his shop. It features Gotoh tuners, a Wilkinson wrap-around bridge, and a single Golden Age P90 pickup. Working with acrylic was new for me – it took me some time to work out how to sand it properly.

And with that I present the “LCA Sg Jr.”

In the end we raffled it off with the proceeds to benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois. I’m very proud to report that the raffle raised $2,100!

Here’s the winner holding his new guitar:

And for a bit of color, here are a couple videos of my songs during the LCA Holiday band show at the Chicago House of Blues

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 12-19-2014 01:14 PM

Very cool build and very cool charity that it goes to. Nice songs by the way too.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 12-19-2014 01:15 PM

Nicely done. Very nicely done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 12-19-2014 08:30 PM

Looks good! I’m just finishing up an SG Jr. right now. Color will be shot in the next couple days. It’s been a fun, quick build. Congrats on the great charity donation!

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

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#4 posted 12-19-2014 08:51 PM

Awesome is all I can say!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 12-19-2014 09:06 PM

Nice guitar, enjoyed the vids!

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#6 posted 12-19-2014 09:58 PM


Great Job! I love SG’s. They’re like Timex watches. They can take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’. I’m playing with the idea of building a guitar kit this coming year and then seeing what I can come up with on my own. I’d love to find an old Sadowsky neck to add to a body design of my own.

On another note, just checked out your shop. Awesome!!!

-- Terry, East Central IL

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#7 posted 12-19-2014 10:06 PM

I’m more impressed with your VOCAL Senior wow, great work on all presented today, very cool indeed!

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Patrick Jaromin

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#8 posted 12-19-2014 11:33 PM

Thanks, all! It was a lot of fun to build – looking forward to my next one featuring a natural finish and some figured woods.
Terry – definitely go ahead and do it!

I’m going to build the neck from scratch for my next electric, before finally buckling down and finishing the acoustic I started some time ago.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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Dan Lyke

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#9 posted 12-19-2014 11:58 PM

Very nice! I think if I do it again I’ll probably let someone else set the frets…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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Patrick Jaromin

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#10 posted 12-20-2014 02:59 AM

Dan- yeah, that’s the bit I didn’t want to do myself for the first time on a deadline. Next one I’m building the neck from scratch.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#11 posted 12-20-2014 03:51 PM

Very nice. As a bassist for 40 years, I have always loved guitars and thought many times of building my own bass. This guitar body looks very similar to my Gibson EB-0, which I have played for 40 years now. A great guitar for a great cause. Congratulations on the build.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#12 posted 12-20-2014 04:15 PM

That’s wonderful,an outstanding build that turned out amazing.your donation is great too for an outstanding cause.


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#13 posted 12-21-2014 02:13 PM

Very good.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#14 posted 12-22-2014 01:46 AM

Nice work Patrick.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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