browser icon
You are using an insecure version of your web browser. Please update your browser!
Using an outdated browser makes your computer unsafe. For a safer, faster, more enjoyable user experience, please update your browser today or try a newer browser.

Blog Archives

Make-A-Wish Charvel Surfcaster: Starting the Build

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish Surfcaster




This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish SurfcasterIn 2014 I had the idea that I could build an electric guitar (my first) and raffle it off for charity through my company’s holiday party band, the LCA. This resulted in the LCA SG Jr. guitar which raised over $2,100 for Make-A-Wish Illinois. … Continue reading »






Categories: Guitar Building, Luthiery, Woodworking | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

Make-A-Wish Surfcaster: Capping the Body

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish Surfcaster




This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish SurfcasterWith the Ash blank shaped, it’s time to prepare the figured top. I made a “top cap” template including holes for the sound hole and electronics pockets. Two of these were cut: one in MDF and another in acrylic. I wanted a clear version to allow … Continue reading »






Categories: Guitar Building, Luthiery | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

The “Wish-caster” Fingerboard

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish Surfcaster




This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish SurfcasterThe Design The first two electrics I built were constructed with factory-made necks. Having never fretted an instrument before, I was apprehensive about taking on that part of the project with a hard deadline. For this design I wanted a custom inlay on the … Continue reading »






Categories: Guitar Building, Luthiery | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Carving the Wish-caster Neck

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish Surfcaster




This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish SurfcasterAfter a couple weeks away, I was finally able to spend a weekend in the shop. Returning to the fretboard, I gave it a bit of thought and ultimately decided rather than try and fix the bad frets (there were probably 8-10) and paint … Continue reading »






Categories: Guitar Building, Luthiery | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dyeing the Wishcaster Blue

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish Surfcaster




This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish SurfcasterWith the neck now attached, it was time for a quick trip to quality control – my eldest son Sean – for a check. Thankfully it passed and so the project moved forward to making the pick guard. Pickguard construction began, as usual, with … Continue reading »






Categories: Guitar Building, Luthiery | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

Wiring the Wishcaster’s Electronics

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish Surfcaster




This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish SurfcasterA primary difference between this guitar and the previous two is the electronics wiring and installation. The Surfcaster is wired like a Stratocaster — with the pickups and controls attached to the pickguard instead of directly to the body. This greatly simplifies installation and … Continue reading »






Categories: Guitar Building, Luthiery | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Final Assembly and Setup

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish Surfcaster




This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Make-A-Wish SurfcasterOnce the finish cured, I sanded with wet/dry paper starting with 400 grit and then working up to 2000. After than, I polished it with brown jeweler’s rougue and buffed it out to a high-gloss near-mirror sheen. I attached the neck, installed the pickguard … Continue reading »






Categories: Guitar Building, Luthiery | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment