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Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by Devotion, Aug 29, 2011.
Where is that? Kinda looks like Utah/Tatooine.
It is somewhere in southern California- I think it is Painted Cave in the mountains near Santa Barbara. Those are native American petroglyphs on the wall.
We did something similar with our youngest -- Tune it to an open chord. That way they can have more fun and not worry so much about "wrong" notes. We were surprised how quickly they recognized what in-tune sounded like and brought it to one of us to "Fix It" when it was out of tune.
Simple and brilliant! Why didn't I think of an open tuning?
Dude, I totally love the "alternate universe where Atlantis never sank" kind of vibe to that thing! Now if you'll fret it to some microtonal tuning, crystal-powered chariots of the gods UFOs will descend from the skies when you play it!
Only downside is that it fills me with intense desire to smoke a vegetarian cigarette and get stoned out of my gourd, but I'm doing not-smoking-pot solidarity with the lady I am pursuing at the moment so I can't smoke a joint. :-(
My first thought was that it was shaped like a gourd.
6 string, 22 fret, 25" scale length, HH configuration
Body - spanish cedar
top - walnut
neck 5 piece walnut and sapele
fretboard - roasted birdseye maple
headstock cap - matching walnut from body
black side dots
gold evo fret wire, jumbo size
2 way truss rod
gold top pups (salvaged out of a Les Paul)
1 vol, 1 tone, 3 way selector
neck profile is shaped similar to a 70's SG
Build thread here: http://www.sevenstring.org/threads/build-for-a-friend-2.324902/
Amazing build dude!!!
Finally got a close-up of the headstock. The greenish dot inlay is from an 18-century shipwreck washed up on Goleta Beach in California; the cannons went to a museum but my dad scored a small wooden beam. It's very green-colored tropical hardwood, maybe verawood (definitely not lignum vitae), and smelled very strongly of the ocean when I cut it up. You can see the headstock joint, which is long finger joints. This lets the headstock angle be as steep as you'd like, even like a lute, and is indestructible. The neck and headstock is East Indian plantation rosewood, which was a real pleasure to work, a dream wood with a very musical tap tone like a marimba bar.
One of the pleasures I get from making this is that I took it into a music store, and your classic 1980's music store worker twat with a mullet said the neck would not last because you have to copy Gibson or Fender if you want a neck to last. You older guys already know the guy- gives young musicians shit like why bother starting a band because Steely Dan is already the Mozart of our times. Then a few weeks ago the owner wrote to tell me that the neck has never required a single adjustment in almost 30 years and the action is as sweet as the first day he had it. And of course, unlike a Gibson, there is zero chance of the headstock ever breaking off.
Here's my latest: http://sevenstring.org/threads/nh-ome-b-uilt-gd-bl4ckmachine-b2-with-walnut-goodness.332835/
So I haven't been back here in over a year and I thought I'd post up some stuff I've been building over the past year or two. Just got into my first choice fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Geriatric Medicine after completing residency and man has time flown by.
I've moved from Vegas to Reno and set up shop at a maker space here called Bridgewire. Pretty cool little place. I've been wanting to post more stuff here but it became so easy to just post on IG (akm_guitarworks) and the blog I've had since I started building (Akm.xyz). Anyways Enough rambling let's get to the good stuff.
So Here we go!
Koa Mini Guitar Prototype
Scale Length - 15in
Wild Figured Koa Top
African Mahogany Body
Indian Rosewood Fretboard and Headcap
Roasted Birdseye Maple Neck
Jescar frets, Hipshot hardware with string saver saddles, Bourne’s pots
DiMarzio Vintage MiniBuckers
Finished with Odie’s Oil and Waxes
One Piece Claro Walnut MultiScale 26-25
Body: Claro Crotch Figure Walnut on One Piece African Mahogany
Neck:Roasted Flamed Maple on Ovangkol and Pau Ferro
Pickup: Dimarzio Vintage Mini-humbucker
Finish: Odies Oil, Wood Butter and Wax
My Personal Buckeye Burl 24.8in Scale Guitar
Body : Black Limba
Top : Buckeye Burl
Neck : Pau Ferro
FB : African Blackwood
Ivoroid Binding, Jescar Frets, Hipshot Hardware
Mcnelly Pickups “Saint Nick” Set w/Custom Treble Bleed mod
Seymour Duncan Lil’ Screamin Demon w/coil tap (independent circuit – can be blended in) - Replaced with McNelly Dual Blade Pickup
Finish : Odies Oil and Wax Products
Black Limba Mini Guitar 18in Scale Length
Scale Length: 18in
Body : Black Limba
Neck : Quartersawn Pau Ferro | Richlite FB |Koa inlay
5 Layer Pickguard
Pickups: GFS Alnico V Gold Foil - Surprisingly good for the price
Frets: Jescar Jumbo
Strings: Daddario 12-60 Tuned E standard
Finish: Odie’s Dark Oil | Butter | Wax
Buckeye Burl Knob by Clay Carrillo of Archipelago Glass
All pictures taken by myself on a Fuji XT10 | 56mm f1.2 | 35mm f2
Wow, there is some beautiful art, right there.
Fucking loving these designs, dude.
Thanks man! It’s good to be back!
Wow man! Nice short-scales and where did you get that beautiful chunk of Claro?
Took a look at your site/Instagram, that Redwood topped single cut is hot.
Believe it or not I actually won it online in one of those Facebook giveaways. It was a single board along with a bookmarched pair that I’m saving for later. I literally made that shape to fit that single board haha