2017 Charity Guitar Build: The Double Dragon

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Project by Patrick Jaromin posted 12-20-2017 12:53 PM 1324 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Guitar #6 – The Double Dragon.

This year’s guitar was based on the Duesenberg Double Cat. The key specs:

  • Body – chambered Ash base with burl Maple cap
  • Neck – Maple with Cocobolo fretboard
  • Body and headstock bound in faux abalone
  • Custom aluminum pickguard, truss-rod cover and pickup rings
  • Abalone inlaid pickup rings and truss rod cover
  • P90 neck pickup; Humbucker bridge
  • Grover 18:1 tuners
  • Bigsby style vibrato with abalone inlay
  • Copper-shielded electronics cavity
  • Transtint green and amber dye
  • Hand-rubbed Tru-Oil finish

The build
I’ve blogged the full build on my site –

I had some fun with this one. This was my first attempt at cutting aluminum on the CNC. I wanted something a bit different for the pickup rings than the ones I found for sale online. And I didn’t see natural wood contrasting well with the dyed burl.

The hardware was designed in CorelDraw and imported into Vectric Cut2D to produce the g-code for both the aluminum and the abalone pieces. These were both cut on the CNC. The aluminum was then sanded to 1500 to give it a clean matte finish. I’m definitely very pleased with the result. It adds a bit of ‘bling’ to the guitar I think.

For the fourth year in a row now, my company has supported/hosted a charity raffle I started to benefit Make-a-Wish Illinois. The top prize each year is a guitar I built and donated. I’m incredibly proud to report that this year we sold $7,000 in tickets and with the corporate match have donated $14,000 to Make-a-Wish. This brings our 4-year total to $32,000.

With the winner’s permission, I got a chance to play it on “Footloose” during the show right after the raffle…

And here’s the lucky winner trying out his new guitar on the House of Blues stage after the show:

Closeup of the pickup rings:

The pickguard:

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-20-2017 01:14 PM

Sweet guitar. Beautiful craftsmanship. One to be really proud of!!!!!!!!!!!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-20-2017 03:08 PM


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#3 posted 12-20-2017 07:43 PM

Very nice work. Where do you get your patterns from for the cnc?

-- Darren, KCMO,

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Patrick Jaromin

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#4 posted 12-20-2017 10:40 PM

Thanks all.
Darren- I created the drawings myself using CorelDraw, starting with tracing photos of the production guitar. I discuss the process on my blog here:

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#5 posted 12-21-2017 12:15 AM

Sweet guitar and the aluminum looks perfect. Good on you donating your time, material and talent for such a good cause.

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

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#6 posted 12-21-2017 01:25 AM

Amazing job Patrick.

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

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Patrick Jaromin

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#7 posted 12-21-2017 12:05 PM

Thanks Dan, Grumpy.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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