This is a momentous build for me since it’s the first one that I’m making for somebody else (although I’m not yet charging for my services). It’s for a friend who lives in a distant country, and he wants to install his own electronics, so it’ll be a bolt-on neck to facilitate the delivery.
The guitar is based on a Gibson 339 body shape although the construction is more like a Les Paul with large chambers for weight relief. The body is two-piece wenge with a spalted maple top; the neck is a 5-piece laminate of ovangkol, padauk and purpleheart, with a violeta fretboard. The top will be stained purple, and my friend and I think it’s going to look great – but you can make your own mind up about that!
This page has pictures of the early stages of the build. I will make a second page with more pictures when the guitar is finished.