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Project by tdv posted 10-25-2010 12:23 PM 4776 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an experimental guitar my son had me build it’s an Ash body with a semi through neck (to increase sustain)which is made of laminated Maple & Mahogany with a rosewood fingerboard we fitted an old Kahler Locking trem kit with tablocks at the nut end of the fingerboard the humbucker is a Gibson paf & the single coil is actually a stacked humbucker the finish is acrylic 2 pack lacquer tinted purple on the body. He wanted 25 frets ( a la Spinal Tap “Well it’s one more innit?) not really convinced on that if 24is enough for Steve Vai it’s more than enough for me. His design of reverse headstock which I think is a little too chunky. Overall it sounds good, plays ok, has good access to the top frets with the seamless neck to bodyjoint, looks interesting & gave me another reason to be in the workshop so that was ok.

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#1 posted 10-25-2010 12:33 PM

Not having any experience in making musical instruments, upon reading this post I immediately went to eBay to find a MITTD (Musical Instrument Terminology Translation Device) so that I might have some idea of what you’re talking about Trevor. ;-)

Since no such device is currently available on eBay, suffice to say it sure looks beautiful and has your usual superb craftsmanship. Always a pleasure viewing (if not completely understanding) your handiwork.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#2 posted 10-25-2010 02:03 PM

Wow. You got some serious skills. That is awesome.

And what a nice story to go with it,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 10-25-2010 02:28 PM

That’s a beauty, Trevor. I love the color.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 10-25-2010 04:27 PM

I had never heard or read about a semi-neck-through before, that’s a very interesting idea. (I have a bolt-on and neck-thru on the wait at mom’s place). First thought it was purpleheart :D

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#5 posted 10-25-2010 05:21 PM

I think you did a spectacular job with this guitar.

Someday I may make another guitar, I had fun building the first one, because it was a father, son project also.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 10-25-2010 05:24 PM

Wow Trevor thats an amazing guitar, great job.


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#7 posted 10-25-2010 05:54 PM

As a long time guitar player and a short time as a woodworker, I am impressed! Well done.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#8 posted 10-25-2010 08:11 PM

Whoa! Good job on the guitar.

-- GX

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#9 posted 10-25-2010 08:20 PM

Very Very Awesome! I love the look and I don’t think it is chunky!
How is the sustain? Really cool guitar.
Thanks for sharing!
I first learned to play(what little I do) on an early 80’S Peavey don’t recall the model But it was CHUNKY and

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#10 posted 10-25-2010 09:02 PM

amazing guitar. aaa-mazing

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#11 posted 10-26-2010 12:14 AM

Very nice & a good reason to be in the shop.

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#12 posted 10-26-2010 12:42 AM

Why thankyou all very much, I’m glad you like it. Robert (woodenfrog) I’d probably like to do a sound demo to go with the post, but I don’t know how, I don’t even know how to get pictures onto a blog. If only computers were made of wood then I’d get on with them better. I would need instruction right down to which button to press next sorry mate

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#13 posted 10-26-2010 12:49 AM

Cool looking color, works well with the Ash
nice build, Steve Vai rocks!

-- Doug...

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#14 posted 10-26-2010 12:53 AM

Martin recently made it easy for you.

To insert an image, click on the button on the right that looks like an envelope.

Then do the same as when you enter a project.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 10-26-2010 01:53 AM

That’s a sweet axe Trevor! I vote for sound bytes also!! What kind of electronics are you using? Also, are those jumbo frets I see?

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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