St. Lucia Guitar

This is a new guitar in progress. It was inspired by, and drawn during my recent trip to St. Lucia with my wife. In keeping with an island theme I decided to use a beautiful piece of curly Mango for the top wood. The main body is a partially chambered piece of Alder I've had air drying for a few years. The neck is a combo of maple and walnut, with a birdseye maple fingerboard. The guitar will have two Novack pickups, a "Narrow Range" P-90 in the neck, and a matched one in the bridge. The middle pickup will be a standard P-90, which should allow a huge range of sounds via the 5 way CRL switch, volume, and tone controls. I'm excited to get started soon on the finish, which will be amber/burst lacquer on the body, and oil on the neck. Cheers. 

 

It's a guitar!... belated 3tele5 completed pictures.

This guitar was finished back in January, but I've been busy with a move to Basalt, Colorado, and haven't had much time for website work. I plan to be more up to date after this. The result is an amazing sounding and feeling guitar. It's a nice medium weight, and has a great feel both standing and sitting. The custom pickups are splittable to single coil via a push-push pot on the tone control, making this one a very versatile machine. A very cool modified tele style control plate has an angled 3-way high quality switch for the pickups, and simple volume and tone controls round out the package. The values chosen for the pots and tone cap allow very little treble to be rolled off as you roll down the volume control, which works great for those who like to turn the tube amp up, and control things from the guitar. 

Highly chambered cherry body with a beautiful curly sustainably sourced koa top. Slight arm contour on the top. Custom hand carved ebony tailpiece. Cherry neck with ebony fretboard, and custom inlays. Custom carved curly maple pickguard. High quality brass post tune-o-matic style bridge. 

 

Tribute guitar - the 3tele5

A tribute to a classic. This version is highly chambered curly cherry body with a rare salvaged old growth koa top. The weight and chambering is being optimized for perfect balance and massive resonance based on a previous guitar I built using similar woods. This guitar will have two custom humbuckers along with a TonePros tune-o-matic bridge and a custom ebony tailpiece. The controls will be mounted on an aircraft aluminum tele-style control plate, which will simplify mounting the controls from the top and be highly functional. It will include a volume and tone along with a push-push pot for the tone control to allow coil tapping. 

Curly cherry body getting roughed out

Curly cherry body getting roughed out

Koa top glued on and sound holes started. 

Koa top glued on and sound holes started.