I wanted a guitar with a full-size neck that was small enough to take anywhere.
I made the guitar from leftover mahogany pieces that were not big enough to build full-size guitars from.
Here's a pic of the blank headstock:
|Here is a pic of the Honduran mahogany neck-thru neck with the ebony fretboard glued on.
Here is a pic of the headstock from the end showing the end of the 2-way truss rod. |
I use 2-way rods on all my guitars now. You can also see that I have cut out the headstock,
and marked the holes for the machine heads. The cap is black walnut.
|I have the "wings" glued on. They are Philippine Mahogany, which isn't really a Mahogany at all.|
It's a different species.
|Here is a shot of the headstock nearly done. A trick for drilling the holes for the tuners |
is to rest the headstock on a piece of scrapwood so you don't split the wood when drilling through.
|Here a pic of my template for routing humbuckers. It's made from 1/2" MDF.|
It's bigger than the hole because I'm using a guide bushing on the router.
|Here's the pickup cavity after routing. The holes are for the strings to rout through the body.|
The hole at the top is for the master volume control.
|The control cavity routed.
|In this pic, I have the neck taped while I'm working on the frets.
|Here is the back of the guitar before finishing.
|Here is the guitar ready for sealer. Neck is taped off. It's general practice not to seal the fretboard unless it's maple, which can turn dark. |
|Here is the guitar while it's being finished. I use 4-6 coats of polyurethane spray. Polyurethane has a very obnoxious smell, but it still smells better than lacquer, and the fumes are not quite as bad. It's really personal preference as to which you want to use. |