BUILDS IN PROGRESS
This page is where my new creations are shown. Notes on the build process, photos, and randomly focused thoughts about what I’m doing.

ElectroAcoustic

Building a new guitar that’s shaped like a Strat, but has some major differences. There will be an open sound port, much like an acoustic guitar. There will be a single humbucker pickup in the bridge position, which will be controlled by a volume pot and a coil splitting tone pot. This guitar will be a hybrid of sorts. I know Fender does this with their Accoustasonic brand, but those are like toys and have acoustic style bridges and odd pickups. I’ve never seen one like the one I’m building.

Below is a screen capture of one of Fender’s Acoustasonic guitars.

Lumber sits on the bandsaw after being cut to width and length. It will be thickness planed, then edge joined and machined.

This is where it starts. Mahogany and roasted maple.

This guitar will be made from mahogany, laminated with a roasted maple top, and will include my signature G control cavity design.

The neck will have an acoustic shaped peghead with ebony laminate and inlayed with my name.

The neck plate will be angled and inset.

Body core being glued up, below:

Mahogany has been surface planed to 38 mm thick. Combined with quarter-inch thick top, this will yield a final thickness of 1 3/4 inches, or 44 mm.

Below is the roasted maple top being edge-glued.

Below, Schaller Signum bridge I’ll be using on this build. It is quite high compared to other hard tail bridges, so I’ll need to leave a thicker neck pocket.

Below is the ebony I’ll use for the peghead on the new neck design I’m working on. I’ll inlay my name and finish this in a way that’s planned to be really cool.

Below is what I’ve named a “tone ring.” Made on my lathe from mahogany. It’s upside down in the photo. It will be glued to the underside of the top. A matching hole will be cut in the top.

Below is the body after hollowing. Various shots of the progress so far.

Below, my signature G control cavity in the back side of the body. This has a matching cover plate cut to fit precisely fit the cavity route.

Below is the roasted maple bookmatched top with two 3/8-inch holes drilled for the volume and tone pots. It has been “pegged” in three corners. These are registration pins that are used to align the top with the body core. Else, the top would slide out of position during the glue-up procedure.

Stay tuned. There’s more to come as I continue building out this new instrument. This is not the end!