You may have seen my article on buying wood for guitar builds, which I posted in the summer….in fact, it was the last article that I wrote on this site, and I’m afraid that I’ve been neglecting it badly! However, that doesn’t mean that I’ve been idle – far from it! As well as gradually working on Sunrise, which has been quite time-consuming, I couldn’t wait to use some of the lovely padauk that I bought in August.
I wanted to make a guitar to show off the wood, and I don’t have a decent Stratocaster so I decided to make a strat-inspired guitar. It’s actually also inspired by Brian May’s guitar, because I will implement some elements of his wiring scheme although with a different set of controls
I won’t write too much here but I’m going to post a few pictures of the build as it progressed. I’ve nearly finished this guitar, so I will update the page once it’s done.
The last picture shows the guitar after lacquering (although there’s a tiny bit to touch up). I’m struggling a bit with installing the pickups, but hopefully they will go in very soon. The controls still need some work – there is a master tone and volume, and a switch for each pickup. The bridge pickup is on or off, and the other two will also have an out-of-phase setting (the Brian May option).
I will update this page again when the guitar is finished, probably in early January 2018.