Here we go! I acquired all the gear for my neckless guitar project. Next week I will get the wood - that is going to be the biggest problem for this very experimental prototype. Fortunately I've got quite good advices from a cabinet maker - just about wood, without the preconceptions of a guitar maker... I'm sure at least that it cannot be massive wood, the guitar is one block and would be too prone to twist... I'm quite happy with the glued birch I used for the 7-string but until it's assembled I won't be sure about the sound.
Anyway, this is a little description of the gear: the neck pickup is a second hand Kent Amstrong lipstick pickup from an Ibanez Talman, the bridge pickup is a dual blade humbucker I bought from Eastwood Guitars, the bridge is a Wilkinson wraparound, the tuners are also Wilkinsons, I also have an ebony fretboard and Fender frets, a telecaster knob plate, and a metal nut. That is going to be a strange guitar...
Some days I fell completely dry, with no new ideas to design guitars, and I have to force myself to keep drawing. But I keep researching and extrapolating and lately I have a a lot of new ideas, combining classic and radical design - though always with an ergonomic concern. I'm quite happy with the latest ones that you can see here.
Something that might interest amateur guitar builders, blueprint for a Les Paul model (if you click on the smaller pic, you can access bigger size). There will be more later.
Edit: I do send the real size blueprints on request but please send me your e-mail address when asking, it saves time! Also I've been sending about a hundred blueprints but never had any feedback afterward - if you ever build a guitar out of them, please let me know and credit the blog! thank you.
I've been interested in rectangle guitars lately, first with the hollow-log (I keep thinking about it, could be made out of aluminium since I will get a stock of it soon), and a couple of posts ago exchanging comments about how the use a cutting board to make a guitar... And then I saw Allison Mosshart playing a beautiful white Gretsch Bo Diddley with the Dead Weather on From the Basement(I didn't like this guitar until then).
Is it vain to have a personal guitar blog - one more guitar blog? Probably...
But when I started to pay more and more attention to my guitars - lifetime companions and much more than mere working tools -, I've been quite happy to gather information on the net, on blogs, forums, fan sites, etc... So maybe some people will benefit in a way or another from this one.
And maybe also one day someone will see and appreciate my design work and ask me to design guitars for his project or his company - feel free to contact me if you're interested!
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A sunburst Stratocaster walks into a bar, orders a beer and takes a stool next to a hot-looking Les Paul Goldtop, who's sipping an umbrella drink. The Strat leers at the Les Paul for several minutes and then says, "Hey, that's some set of humbuckers you got on you, darlin'."
"You're not getting any feedback off of me with a pickup line like that," the Goldtop says indignantly.