The "Wishcaster" - 2016 Charity Guitar Build

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Project by Patrick Jaromin posted 09-27-2016 06:02 PM 1539 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Specs

Body: Ash body with 3/8” birdseye Maple cap.

Neck: Maple neck, birdseye Maple headstock veneer, Cocobolo fretboard. 25.5” scale length.

Finish: Transtint blue dye finished with Homer Formby’s Tung Oil wipe-on finish.

The story
Every year my company hosts a major holiday party at the House of Blues Chicago. This features an all-employee band affectionately known as the “LCA” (Low Cost Alternative). For the past three years, I’ve used this event to kick off a charity guitar raffle to benefit the Illinois chapter of Make-a-Wish. The first year I built a Gibson SG Jr. style guitar and raised over $2,000.

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Last year I built a Lospennato Radio Star-inspired guitar that garnered nearly $5,800 including the company dollar-for-dollar match.

And this is this year’s entry – a Charvel Surfcaster copy I’ve christened the “Wishcaster.” The guitar features a birdseye Maple cap, white pearloid body, neck, and headstock binding, pearloid pickguard, 2 single-coil “lipstick” style pickups, and pearl-capped volume and tone controls. This was my first “from scratch” guitar neck and I’ve inlaid it with the Make-a-Wish star on the 12th fret. My goal for this year is $8,000.

The build
I’ve blogged the entire build process at

And if anyone cares to see and hear the band, here’s our version of “Vehicle” from last year’s party (shameless self-promotion – that’s me singing)

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#1 posted 09-27-2016 11:42 PM

Patrick that is a beautiful guitar and I’m sure you’ll reach your goal. It’s great you give so much of your time to a worth while cause.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 09-28-2016 01:28 PM

Pure beauty right there. I’m sure it sounds as sharp as it looks.

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

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Patrick Jaromin

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#3 posted 09-28-2016 03:12 PM

Thanks Roger and Dan!

@Dan – forgive me if we’ve chatted/discussed before, but looks like we’re neighbors! Thanks for the comment!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#4 posted 09-28-2016 09:38 PM

Gorgeous guitar. I’ll bet it sounds great too!
Congratulations on your charity event.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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