This is the first guitar that I’m building under an arrangement that should be a win-win for both parties. I need practice in building guitars if I want to learn how to do it to a professional level, but I don’t really want to accumulate dozens of guitars at home. So I’m looking to build guitars for people under a deal whereby the customer pays for the materials, and I build the guitar for free. The customer gets a guitar built to his specifications, but accepts that it probably won’t be perfect – although it should be decent, and at least playable. As I build more guitars, the quality should gradually improve.
This guitar is being built for a friend in the UK. He’s a Telecaster fan, but he wanted a Telecaster shape with some Les Paul elements – in particular, 24.75″ scale length, two humbuckers and four controls. He also picked a flame maple cap which will be stained blue.
This page contains some pictures of the early stages of the build. I will post more pictures later, as the build progresses and when it is complete.
More pictures will follow in a few weeks!