Tsunami #88, Walnut Strat Style with Yellowheart

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Project by Tennessee posted 01-21-2021 01:47 PM 554 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Couple people asked if I would post some of my other recent builds. This guitar ended up in the hands of a doctor in Memphis who paid his way through college playing in blues bands. He and his wife are now both doctors in Memphis, and he still jams occasionally with his old bands, so this guitar may make an appearance on Beale St.

His wife’s brother came to me for some repairs on a different guitar, saw this one, asked to take some pictures of it, and that night, told me he wanted it for his sister to give to his brother-in-law doctor for Christmas. They couldn’t wait, and gave it to him for Thanksgiving, and I have a shot of him playing it in his garage, next to a halfstack amp, still in his scrubs.

It is from the same walnut load I bought, but with a yellowheart stripe, cocobolo veneer headstock, african paduak pickguard.
The neck I had lying around my shop for years, finally took a look at it one day and realized it was from a 80’s Jackson. I thought to myself, this had Schaller tuners on it. Dug through my tuner stock, but only found one tuner. 80’s Schaller Tuners were made in Germany, and command a stupid price for a set. Who knows where the others went. Got on eBay, and found a guy in California with a set of five, and one Grover to fill it out, but he couldn’t sell them because of the offending Grover messing up the set of six.
I bought them, added my one, and off to the races.

I stained the neck yellow to match the yellowheart stripe in the body.
Body is of the Strat style, but with a German Curve around the edge. Added the veneered headstock to offset my zebrawood logo and add some snap to the yellow neck.

This is my SUT pickup package, with a five way switch. All you guitar players, you’ll note a small Tele pickup just at the neck, followed by the two humbuckers, the middle one being four wire, with a small series/parallel switch close to the five way switch.
The wiring goes like this:
1. Tele neck pickup
2. Tele neck pickup and bridge pickup
3. Bridge pickup
4. Bridge and middle
5. Middle pickup with series/parallel capabilities. (Rhythm circuit)
You end up with a guitar that can sound like a Strat, Tele and Les Paul all in one setup. I sold a lot of these over the years.

The finish is 15 coats of Tru-Oil on the body, 8 on the pickguard, 5 on the neck. Takes about three weeks to get the finish on. This has been my standard for years.

Thanks for looking!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 01-21-2021 04:17 PM

Very nice! I love the stripe, its a little take on Eddie Van Halen! Very well done, how does it play? I have never had a strat, but I have a couple of teles. Mosty I have LPs….so this set up really appeals top me! Thank you for showing us. Oh…I love the wooden pick guard and the contrasting color….very unique and cool!

-- Mike

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#2 posted 01-21-2021 09:36 PM

Well, when I owned it, it played like most of my SUT guitar, like a Strat, Tele and Les Paul all in one.
The owner has never contacted me with any problems, and it never went up for sale as most of my guitars don’t, so I see that as a good thing!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#3 posted 01-22-2021 12:23 AM

Superb build, truly worth waiting for till 7.30 am to check it out.
Magnificent work.
And in actual fact more than just woodwork, true art this.
kind regards

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#4 posted 01-22-2021 01:50 PM

Thanks, Anthony. I have always thought a good guitar has to have not only a suburb sound, but also be pleasing to the eye. After all, we play music hopefully for the enjoyment of others. (And to keep ourselves sane in these times!)

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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