Saturday, April 2, 2016

Homemade

Hello Guitar People,

I have been looking for a new electric guitar, but couldn't find what I liked, aside from a pricey custom job.  So my project while I was in Whitehorse in February and March was to try to build one for myself. I started with a slab of mahogany and a neck nicely made to my specifications from Warmoth.  I designed and cut the body shape, then hollowed it out and added a top of Baltic birch plywood to make the lightest guitar ever.  All the woodworking was done at Yukonstruct, a wonderful community shop that has every tool you can think of and lots of friendly and helpful people.

The hardware came from all over:  a hi-fi Alumitone pickup, a modified Supro reproduction bridge from Paris and a 1960's Harmony tailpiece like the one on the first guitar I ever played.  Patrick from Hamilton and Son Guitar Works did the expert soldering of the electronic components.

There were countless ways this project could have gone south but everything came together.  She looks cool, plays beautifully and sounds awesome.  Annuit coeptis!

Eric
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