I had a selection of tone woods that I had been keeping for just such a project. The body and leg timber I selected is Kwila. The fretboard is of Purple Heart with maple and mother of pearl inlays.
|I first drew a 1:1 scale plan.|
|I then transferred the image to the kwila plank,|
|Cut the profile of the top section and overlaid that onto a second plank.|
|Here I have glued the 2 layers together with Titebond wood glue.|
|Ready to trim the lower section to shape.|
|Body with shaped and rounded edges..|
|The Purple Heart fret board roughed out.|
|Purple Heart fret board trimmed to thickness.|
|I intended to make a 3 octave fret board but soon realised there would|
not be room for 2 humbucker pickups.
|Here the maple fret markers are being glued in. I've selected an old |
Jazz Bass chrome Bridge and a length of 10mm stainless steel rod
for a nut and saddle.
|The maple markers have been trimmed and sanded.|
|Then a binding of maple around the edge of the fret board.|
|I inlayed diamond shaped position markers cut from mother of pearl.|
I then routed out a trough for the fret board to be set into the body.
|Here the fretboard has been glued in place and the whole body given a coat of shellac sealer.|
|Here I have made a template of the scratch plate with instructions |
to send to our local engravers to supply and cut a faux tortoise shell scratch plate
|I've marked the cavities for the pick ups and electronics ready for routing.|
|I permanently fixed the positions of the bridge/saddle and nut.|
|These are string ferrules made from 1/4 inch monel pop rivet heads.|
The strings will be run through the back of the body for maximum sustain.
|This item was ordered off EBay from a firm in America. |
They took 3 months to arrive!
|The scratch plate template is double checked before the order is completed|
by the engravers.
|Routing the cavity for the Tuning machines.|
|Just right. All that remains is for fixing holes to be drilled and the logo |
and out line infilled with gold paint.
|40mm Kwila Dowell was supplied by an Auckland based company.|
|Here I am glueing in the 10 mm studs|
|These are 10mm Stainless steel wall mount pipe brackets|
|I drilled them through and completed the thread through the base to allow the |
10mm leg studs to be securely screwed into the base of the guitar.
|Judging the splay of the legs, almost there.|
|The pick up rings are made from the remnant of purple heart left over|
from the fret board.
|I had the legs tapered by a local cabinet maker.|
|Another dry fit. The upper ferrules are leather grommets in plated brass.|
|Legs blended with tinters and clear coated.|
|The underside of the guitar is finished in the darkest tint of the three colours chosen for the sunburtst finish which softens to a lighter, warmer tint as the eye moves over the upper surfaces.|
|5 coats of clear later.|
|Cherry red tinted clear over the purple heart fret board enhances the colour|
and blends it with the rest of the guitar.
|A dry fit with electronics and gold infilled into the logo and pin line.|
|Ready for strings and plug it in!|
|The sustain is amazing, totally it sounds very authentic. Wonderful with a little reverb. Great tonal range across the 2 pickups in combination with the volume and tone controls.|
Featured Musician is Eric Hiakita of Auckland.