Koa topped Strat with a solid rosewood neck

After building the maple/walnut Tele, I decided I needed another rosewood necked guitar in my life, I troubled GSPBASSES with my idea for a hardtail (same Schaller bridge as on the Tele) Strat style guitar, with a fancy top (once I saw the Koa top, I had to have it!) routed for a P90 and humbucker with a rosewood neck that had a 70’s style large headstock.

This is how it arrived with me

As per the Tele, the plan was to finish with Eze oil and wax for a smooth natural looking finish. Before oiling, the neck was sent off to Rothko and Frost to have my signature CNC’d (abalone again) into the headstock.

With the neck away, I started oiling the body. I sanded the body smooth first then set to work

Once the first coat of oil was dry (Eze oil feels dry / hard quite quick, but I tend to leave 24 hours to be safe) I de-nibbed the finish using 0000 wire wool and set to work on the second coat, with the oil on the koa looks amazing in the light

This is how it looked once the 2nd coat had dried under the light

I de-nibbed again and applied the 3rd coat of oil. I then left the body to harden for a week. Once the oil was fully cured I applied two coats of Briwax, I did this by liberally applying the wax with 0000 wire wool then buff off. The photos make it look shinier than it is, in real life it’s more of a deep finish than the glassy looking one you see in the photos

With the body complete, the neck arrived back from Rothko and Frost, the first […]

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‘Fancy’ Surfmaster – JM partscaster build in Surfburst

I’d wanted to put together a Jazzmaster guitar for a while, but had a few false starts, I then got offered a ‘B grade’ JM kit from GSPBASSES at a price it was impossible to ignore.

I knew already I wanted the guitar to be ‘Surfburst’ having seen an aged/relic’d version in Coda music, I then found some images of original ones.

Rather than use the standard not so great bridge, I opted for a roller bridge from Wilkinson, this meant that I would have to modify the pickguard and enlarge the bridge holes in the body. I went for a relatively cheap trem as I’m not planning on using the trem much, ordered a parchment pickguard from eBay, then drilled out the holes that secured the trem and guard to the body.

I then had to drill out the bridge post holes and enlarge the bridge holes on the pickguard. This was done on my grandads drill press, I measured everything about 20 times I think before committing to drilling the holes.

I also drilled out the strap button holes which was the last thing to do before the body was ready for sending away for paint.

The back of the neck (up to where the headstock transition starts) was finished with Ezeoil, it’s great to work with and feels amazing once finished with wax. I also drilled out the tuner holes, string guide and rolled the fretboard edges.

The body and neck were then sent off to Rich for paint with some reference images of the Surfburst finish I was after. Along with a suitable decal for the headstock.

With the body and neck gone, the pickups were ordered from Mojo along with the wiring harness.

As per […]

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Walnut and maple capped Tele with a solid rosewood neck

November 17th 2016

When I saw that GSPBASSES (on theFretboard forum) had made a solid rosewood neck, I had to have one 🙂

I’ve had it a couple of months now, it’s a thing of beauty:

So with this beautiful neck, I needed something special to go with it. I’d found a body in the states that I liked the look of, so tasked Graham with making something similar, but routed for a neck P90 and bridge humbucker. Was working out what bridge to get and it turned out Graham had something in stock for me

I spec’d it with Grahams easy access neck pocket and a belly carve, it turned up yesterday and it really is a thing of beauty!

 

Both of them together

Next steps, aquire some EZE Oil – turns out there is a Morrells very close by. Decide on the pickups, send the neck off for the custom inlay I’ve ordered up (inlay pocket to be precision routed in the headstock) and start putting it together.

Can’t wait to see it all finished!

December 6th 2016

Bit of progress, the logo of my signature has been made and the pocket cut out in the headstock

The bad news is that the headstock got dropped / chucked by the courier on the way there, I think / hope it’s repairable.

Neck should be back with me before the weekend, hopefully I can finally start oiling etc.. once I’ve drilled out the neck holes / aligned the neck

December 7th 2016

Neck arrived today, fixed the dent, then got to work 🙂

Rolled the fretboard edges (one side for comparison)

Then glued in the logo

As long as I’ve recovered from the work party hangover, I’ll sand that flush this weekend and get on with neck alignment / drilling […]

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79’ish Superstrat build

May 12th 2016

Won’t be properly starting this one until the V is finished, but the body and neck from GSPBASSES arrived yesterday

The plan is to make a 79′ Style ‘Super Strat’ guitar, target burst with a “closet classic” type finish, so some checking and hopefully slightly darker lacquer.

Guitar kit is a European flame ash body routed for SSH and a large headstock neck with rosewood ‘board.

First purchases will be neck plate and screws, black SSH guard and trem

May 14th 2016

First job done today, rolled fretboard

Big fan of how they feel, so set to work with a large and small screwdriver.

Before (lovely crisp edges as you’d expect from GSP)

After

June 1st 2016

Decal arrived today

June 18th 2016

Bit more progress:

Managed to chew up some tuner screws and two bridge screws, so replacements ordered. Guessing those screws are made from old KitKat wrappers.

More excitingly, pickups from Oil City ordered. Masterwounds, Neck and middle Route 66’s and an uncovered Beano bridge. Also plumped for an Oil City wiring harness

August 28th 2016

Some progress

I’ve had the ‘pups and wiring harness from Oil City for a while now ready to go.

Rich (Rich Rendall) is making excellent progress:

Cant wait to to see this all put together

September 11th 2016

Getting close now

September 28th 2016

Arrived now, hoping to start assembling tonight

September 29th 2016

It’s assembled, but in need of a proper setup, which I’ll try and get sorted early next week.

Amazing paint by Rich Rendall (no surprises there )

September 30th 2016

Played it through the Kemper this morning to make sure I’d wired it up OK, all good.

Managed to finish work early, so dropped it in for a setup

October 8th 2016

Neck feels fantastic, great shape (feels a bit larger than the usual Fender C shape), the satin finish from Rich […]

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Custom ‘Chloe’ Flying V

April 30th 2015

Following on from the success of the Explorer project and having a spare Chloe inlay, I felt I had no choice ?

Same kind of specs as the explorer:

7 ply binding on the body
White binding on the neck
Ebony board with block inlays
Ebony overlay on the headstock with 5 ply binding
TOM bridge and Stop tail piece setup

It’s again going to be Alpine White with gold hardware, pickups etc.. yet to be decided, I think Ash (Oil City Pickups) might be hearing from me again though

I’ll not bother ordering up tuners etc.. before the kit turns up, which I suspect is 6 weeks+ away, the project will be a slow burner too, I’m saving any spare money (Ha!) for a house deposit.

Anyway, this is the current mockup, I really don’t like the official Gibson Custom V look, so having a go at what I think it should look like.

The pick guard will be fully decided once the wood arrives, I’ll make my own layout again and get it made up. Same with the truss rod cover, might go more traditional V, or maybe replicate the split diamond one I did for the explorer.

Progress so far:
Kit order placed
Tone Pro’s locking bridge and tailpiece (gold!) placed
Other than mistyping my name (I’ve been called worse), the build sheet is confirmed – Current estimate is 4 weeks.

June 23rd 2015

Holy. Shit.

Due to leave Canada tomorrow

July 13th 2015

The kit has arrived (despite being delayed in France due to industrial action at the chunnel!!) – Only had a very quick look at work, but the quality is fantastic, some more detailed pictures later or maybe tomorrow, depending on when I get time:

Some more detailed shots, very impressed (again) with the Precision kits!

July 16th […]

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