Tsunami #90, My tribute to Arena Rock!

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Project by Tennessee posted 01-21-2021 02:02 PM 852 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in February, 2020, one day I was looking around the GuitarFetish website, and saw these overwould four wire pickups on sale. Designed by Duncan, they were a bit too overwound, and they turned out to be very heavy, and they didn’t sell, so GuitarFetish was clearing them out.

I thought to myself, what have we not heard for years? Arena Rock…those super loud simple songs played by players with guitars that are too heavy, with dozens of huge speakers blaring behind them. This guitar is a tribute to that era.

Solid purpleheart, started as one piece but I added a canarywood stripe, and also put canarywood on the headstock and made the pickguard out of same.

The pickups, all three of them, are four wire, and are split with series/parallel switches, one for each pickup. Shielding inside is always my carbon paint.
There is one volume for each pickup, wired in the Master Volume style, so you can have two completely off and one on and it still works. If you play, and have ever played a Les Paul with humbuckers, you know that both volumes have to be on at least a little bit for any one pickup to put out.

There is one master tone at the bottom,
Solid steel, chrome plated knobs. Wilkinson 18:1 tuners, and an interesting touch, a cocobolo nut. Yes, cocobolo works fine as a guitar nut, and the natural oil in cocobolo makes the strings just glide through. Very easy to tune and keep tuned.

Unfortunately, I kind of underestimated the overall weight of the purpleheart, which was on my racks for years, and the pickups came in at almost a pound apiece, plus things like the steel chrome knobs all add to the weight, even though there is a huge chamber underneath the pickguard.
Came in around 13 lbs. But I was playing it yesterday, and it will break up an amp and distort without any pedal system, it is just that powerful.
Truly an Arena Rock Guitar! Cat Scratch Fever sounds heavenly on this thing.

I still own it, and don’t plan on selling it.
Thanks for looking!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 01-21-2021 02:42 PM

I’d be interested in reading a blog about how you make these awesome guitars.

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#2 posted 01-21-2021 03:31 PM

man that is just beautiful.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 01-21-2021 04:03 PM

You have an area of expertise I am not familiar with. Having said that you make beautiful guitar’s! Whish we had sound on LJ.

-- Petey

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#4 posted 01-21-2021 04:15 PM

Impressive! LP’s are my favorite! Congrats!

-- Mike

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#5 posted 01-21-2021 04:45 PM

Very nice! I can hear it in my head! :) I’ve only built acoustics to date but have started on my first electric. Yours are very inspirational.

-- Darrel

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#6 posted 01-21-2021 09:34 PM

Thanks to all. The total to date, 92… But I have a very special one that I plan on encasing in epoxy acrylic pour when the temperature rises. Wood harvested from the Gulf of Mexico (washed ashore) 50 years ago.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#7 posted 01-21-2021 09:39 PM

Steve, I just can’t find the time…Being a part time luthier, and running an Etsy shop, I find myself, at the ripe old age of 71, closing in on 72, trying to make it more than four-five hours a day in the shop, and that is five days a week, and sometimes, when someone wants a guitar right away fixed, Saturdays. I draw the line at Sunday. I am over 70, after all…

Most would agree that you need to have something that keeps you busy in your retirement years, but this kind of got out of hand.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#8 posted 01-21-2021 10:31 PM

That is a Beauty.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 01-22-2021 10:10 PM


-- Pax - Maryland

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