News from PRS is that these two guitars, for which we saw PRS pick out the woods some months ago, have just been completed. They are a pair of Tremonti models, one solid and one semi-hollow, and they are real beauties.
I was on holiday last week (hence the quiet patch on this website) and so we missed out a weekend on the cigar box guitar build. Last Sunday, though, we continued and the headstock was born.
This was virtually all my son’s work – my input was rather low this time, just helping out with a couple of small things. The headstock was roughly cut to shape with the jigsaw, and then he used rasps and files to bring it down to the exact size that he wanted. He worked out exactly where the tuning heads should go, so that they will be in line with the strings and the heads can be turned beside the headstock, and I think it will look great when it’s finished.
Because this was a rather simple process (even though it was still about 3 hours’ work), I won’t do a separate video but I’ll include the little bits of video from this session in the next video update. I will therefore simply leave you with a picture of the nearly finished headstock (it will still be sanded and oiled towards the end of the build).
Next weekend he may come over on both Saturday and Sunday, so then we should have a major update, and hopefully the end of the build will be in sight. My own guitar build is now less than five weeks away!
It’s Monday, so that must mean it’s time to focus on another luthier (not that I do this feature regularly on Mondays, but never mind that). This week I decided to look at Waghorn Guitars, who are based in Bristol. Tom Waghorn is the founder of the company and he works with another luthier, who he took on to address his growing waiting list.
Waghorn Guitars make acoustic, electric and bass guitars (all the instruments you need, really!) and they make a signature model for Alex Hutchings, who is quite a well-known professional guitarist from Bristol.
They make some really beautiful instruments, like the one depicted below. You can see many more photos of their guitars on their gallery pages – they have separate photo galleries for acoustic, electric and bass.
Another session last weekend on the build of my son’s cigar box guitar…I have a new article – Cigar Box Guitar Kit part four – which describes what we did. The main activity this week was carving the back of the neck.
I’ve also uploaded the usual video to YouTube which you can see below. These videos will probably total around two hours by the time we finish, but I’m also thinking of making a shorter video to summarise the whole process afterwards.
I don’t normally make posts about new pedals because they are usually variants on existing themes. However, TC Electronic has just announced a new pedal called the Mimiq Doubler which seems to be a genuinely new type of pedal. It replicates your guitar sound with tiny variations in parameters such as the pitch or timing in order to sound as though you have doubled (or trebled or quadrupled) the guitar track. It splits the guitars into a stereo signal, arranged depending on the number of dubs, and really sounds impressive in their video demo.
Go to the TC Electronic Website for the Mimiq Doubler product page. It is supposed to be available this month (September 2016) for $129 / €129 (maybe around £110) although I haven’t yet found it on retailers’ websites. Congratulations to TC Electronic for managing to innovate in the pedal market!
I chose something a little different for today’s Spotlight on Luthiers entry. Raygun Relics makes relicked guitars (that’s the past tense of “relic”, not “relick” – as far as I’m aware, they are uncontaminated by spittle). These guitars aren’t really to my taste, to be honest, as I prefer my guitars to look new, but many guitarists love an instrument that looks well-used.
Their website is not particularly active, but Raygun Relics – which looks like it’s just one guy but that’s not clear – is a more frequent Facebook user, and posts regularly on the Raygun Relics Facebook page.
Alter Bridge is probably my favourite current band, and they have a new album coming out very soon. They are also going on tour, and I’ll be seeing them in a few weeks’ time, which I’m really looking forward to.
This is the first video of a song from the new album, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint, with some great guitar work! It doesn’t hurt that they use my favourite guitars too… 🙂
Rob Scallon, a well-known YouTube guitarer, clearly needs to install pickups in some different places on his Ghost Fret in this video, posted a couple of days ago. I’m not convinced that I’d buy an album of this, but he gets full marks for inventiveness.