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  Standard, Curly Redwood top   New!   

    Redwood is not just a good tone wood, but as you can see from the pictures, it can be stunning to look at as well.   I've used a piece of very wild Black Limba for the body with a Black Limba and Maple neck.  The fingerboard on this guitar is Indian Rosewood with abalone line inlays, and the head face is Curly Redwood to match the front.  The binding is all cream celluloid. 

    The pickups are a pair of Arcane Ultratron humbuckers which have a very interesting sound midway between a Filtertron and a PAF.  The guitar has Grover tuners and a TonePros bridge.  The finish is clear gloss Urethane overall.  A classy sample of nature's best!

(available at Distinctive Guitars)

  
Standard, Curly Redwood top

(Oct 2017)


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12-string Hollow-body, Curly Maple front and back

(available at Willcutt Guitar Shoppe)         (Sept 2017)

 12-string Hollow-body, Curly Maple - front12-string Hollow-body, Curly Maple - back12-string Hollow-body, Curly Maple - body view112-string Hollow-body, Curly Maple - body view212-string Hollow-body, Curly Maple - body view312-string Hollow-body, Curly Maple - body view412-string Hollow-body, Curly Maple - side
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  12-string, Gretsch Orange       
      
   Here is my latest 12-string!  I really do like making these. The construction of this one is a bit different from my usual Hollow-body 12's.  The body is built around a core made from Oregon Myrtle. This is a very attractive, native wood with a very unique sheen.  The top and  back are made from two pieces of very curly Maple from the same board.  I bound both front and  back with tortoise shell and a white inner line.

    As a fairly rare departure from my normal routine, I've made this neck from a quarter-sawn, one-piece curly Maple block. For the fingerboard, I've used a very nice piece of Macassar Ebony which has Abalone line inlays and tortoise shell / white binding, like the body.  The head-stock is also Macassar Ebony with the same binding.

   I've used a set of Lace Hot Gold Sensor pickups and I've wired these using a 3-way selector switch that controls the bridge and neck pickups, and the middle pickup is on a separate blend control so it can be used in conjunction with the other two pickups.  This gives pickup combinations that you cannot get with a 5-way switch.

   The gold/black hardware includes a set of Hipshot Classic Open tuners, gold knobs and an ABM 12-way bridge.  The finish is a traditional 6120 orange gloss.
Hell of a guitar!

  


 
 Standard, Tiger-Eye flame top   

    This standard has a highly flamed Maple top, sometimes referred to as "tiger striped."  It seems fairly appropriate that the top is finished in a Tiger Eye burst.  The body is a nice light-weight one-piece Honduras Mahogany, and the neck is Honduras Mahogany and Maple laminate.  I've used Ziricote for the fingerboard and the head face, and cream celluloid binding for the whole guitar.

    The pickups on this guitar are Amalfitano Barrybuckers - these are PAF style but with shorter alnico magnets as were used in the early '60s PAFs and the first patent number humbuckers.  The tuners are Hipshot Classic Open style and the bridge is a Rez-O-Matic wraparound.  

  (available at Guitar Addict)     

  
Standard Tiger-Eye flame top

(Aug 2017)

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  Standard Pearl White


(available at Willcutt Guitar Shoppe)         (July 2017)
  
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Standard, Pearl White
 
  
I've used some local North West woods for this new Standard.  The body is Port Orford Cedar with a Western Maple top, and the neck is also Port Orford Cedar with Eastern Hard-Rock Maple laminates.  POC is a very resonant wood which does lend itself very well  to musical instrument applications.

    The fingerboard is Macassar Ebony with Abalone line inlays, and the head-stock face is also Macassar.  I've bound the whole guitar with tortoise shell with a white inner line, and I also made pickup rings from the same material. The pickguard is Macassar Ebony as well, and it attaches to the guitar using two of the pickups ring mounting screws so there are no extra holes drilled into the front of the guitar.

    The pickups are Amalfitano Fullbuckers and the guitar has a TonePros bridge and Hipshot Classic open tuners.

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Brigand, Faded Tobacco burst   

    Here is a new Brigand with a very nice one-piece curly Maple top.  The two-piece Honduras Mahogany body is super light-weight with a lovely, silky ripple in the grain, and I've used some of the same Mahogany  to make the laminated neck.  The fingerboard and the head face are figured Ziricote, and the whole guitar is bound in cream celluloid.

   I've used a set of Grover tuners with a TonePros bridge and a set of Amalfitano Fullbuckers which really make this guitar sing.

(available at Distinctive Guitars)

  
Brigand, Faded Tobacco burst, Curly Maple top

(July 2017)

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Standard HB, Special Edition

(available at Willcutt Guitar Shoppe)                      (June 2017)
  
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Standard Hollow-body, special edition       
 
   This Standard has a few unusual features and a lot of very nice wood.  The one-piece Maple top has some really lovely figure, and the curly Honduras Mahogany body is one of the nicest mahogany pieces I've seen for a long time The neck is made from the same plank of mahogany.  Instead of binding on the body, I inlayed a "violin-style" purfling around the inside edge on the front which gives the effect of a Maple bound outer edge.  I cut strips of the same Maple, and used it for binding on the fingerboard and head stock.  The fingerboard is a highly figured piece of Ziricote which, in my opinion, didn't need inlays.  I used the same Ziricote for the head stock face and the pickup rings.

    The nickel hardware consists of a set of Kluson Waffleback tuners and a Schroeder Wraparound bridge.  I've used Amalfitano Fullbuckers with a coil tap on the push/pull tone control.  The knobs, incidentally, are made from pieces of the Mahogany and Maple used on the guitar body. .

    I oiled the wood before the clear gloss finish was applied, this really brought out all the different elements of figure in the wood.  It's a very pretty guitar which I feel deserves to be named "special edition!"

  



 
T-Deluxe, Curly Black Limba top   

    Here is a new T-Deluxe with a Black Limba drop top - a one-off guitar as curl figure is something that doesn't appear all that often in Black Limba. The body on this guitar is light-weight Honduras Mahogany, the neck is Maple, and the fingerboard is Ziricote.  I bound the whole guitar in pearloid ("mother of toilet seat").  I then made a pair of pickup rings from thick pearloid material  to match the binding.

   The guitar has a pair of new/old-stock Gibson 57 Classic pickups  I added a pair of chrome covers to these to match the rest of the hardware.  The bridge is a TonePros AVT2, and the tuners are Grover Rotomatics.

  The finish on the front is a black-to-natural burst, and the back of the guitar is solid black.  Rather classy I think!

(available at Willcutt Guitar Shoppe)

  
T-Deluxe, Curly Black Limba top

(June 2017)


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Standard, Maple Burl top

(available at Guitar Addict)                      (May 2017)
  
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Standard, Maple Burl top      
 
  
There is a lot of great figure in this burl top, and maybe these pictures don't fully do it justice, but I think the overall effect is rather impressive.  I've stained the top with a golden Amber color, and as a contrast I stained the Mahogany body and neck with a dark Mahogany brown.

    The fingerboard and head veneer are Indian Rosewood and I've used my Abalone vertical line inlays.  All the guitar binding is cream celluloid.  The hardware  consists of a set of Hipshot Classic tuners, Tonepros AVT2 bridge and a set of Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Phat Cat P90's.  All these parts are nickel plated.

    This guitar sounds a little different from the regular humbucker equipped Standards - it has the typical P90 low-end roar with tightly focused high-end response.  Sounds really good!

 

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  Midnight Sapphire burst quilt top    

    This new Standard has a very nice quilted Maple top that would look good with nearly any color, but I think this particular burst is quite outrageous, if I may say so myself.  The guitar has a nice light-weight Honduras Mahogany body and a Mahogany and Maple laminated neck. I've used Indian Rosewood for the fingerboard, head face and pickup rings.  The binding is white celluloid throughout.

   I've used Grover tuners and a TonePros bridge, and the pickups are Amalfitano Fullbuckers with a coil tap on the toncontrol. A really good looking and great sounding guitar!

(available at Distinctive Guitars)

  
Standard, Midnight Sapphire Quilt top

(April 2017)


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