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Project by Johnny75 posted 03-14-2016 06:41 PM 1470 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a life long fan of a certain companies guitars and a lover of a certain model that hasn’t been made in 50+ years, I decided to try to build one. Buying a vintage real one would have cost me in the neighborhood of $10K. I was lucky enough to find an expert on the long out of production model who sent me a body tracing and some of the critical measurements to make everything fit and work properly. The guitar is a model that was built in 1958 and the body style was changed in the early sixties and was never produced again. It’s a pretty simple guitar to build. The body is made of alder. I simply drew my lines on the block of where I needed hollowed out and did so with a handheld router. Maple was another wood I could have gone with on the body. The neck is two pieces of rock maple with a piece of walnut sandwiched between them. The fretboard is bubinga. It was a pretty simple guitar to build. I built the first guitar for my own enjoyment. That was the natural wood one or mapleglo as the company would call it. I took it to a get together of friends and a favorite musician of mine tried out the guitar and mentioned I should build one for him. The second guitar with the red burst paint scheme or autumnglo as they would have called it in the 50’s was built for him as a surprise with the help of many contributors to helped pay for all the parts. I did all the labor for free. It turned out well and is getting used out on the road.

The guitar is built to almost exact standards as they came out of the factory in 1958. The only differences are that I bound the sound hole because I like the looks of it, and I added a Bigsby vibrato because they were better about staying in tune. The mapleglo/natural guitar, also has a little different manufacturer pickup. It’s actually closer specs to the vintage pickups they used in the 50’s, but due to litigation, can’t look the same. The red guitar has factory pickups. Both of them sound great and are rock solid for staying in tune no matter how hard you beat on them or wild you get with the vibrato.

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#1 posted 03-14-2016 07:04 PM

Very, very nice.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#2 posted 03-14-2016 07:09 PM

Just stunning. A real masterpiece. Does it sound as good as it looks?

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#3 posted 03-14-2016 07:33 PM

Bob, skip ahead about 4 min into the video to hear it.

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#4 posted 03-15-2016 03:36 PM

Amazing… Thanks for sharing the guitar – and the musician! I have been watching him on YouTube all morning!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#5 posted 03-15-2016 08:27 PM

Nice work Johnny! It’s rumored a certain guitar manufacturer will only hire workers with a legal background. lol

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

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#6 posted 03-16-2016 06:46 AM

Some fine looking luthiery right there.

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