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Introducing “Honeybee,” the Sapele-Tele

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Sapele Tele

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Sapele TeleAfter a few false starts, first with the headstock finish, next with the body, I finally managed to wrap this project up. I’ve been playing it for a few weeks now at rehearsal and plan to play it in my next gig. Here are … Continue reading »



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Digital Abalone

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Sapele Tele

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Sapele TeleFor this guitar I wanted to do something a bit different for the fret markers. Though I considered a somewhat elaborate inlay like the previous two, for this one I was thinking of something a bit simpler and unique. As I’m in software engineering … Continue reading »



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Chain Reaction

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Atomic Age Surfcaster

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Atomic Age SurfcasterAs this is the “Atomic Age” Surfcaster, it seems fitting to inlay an atom on the 12th fret. I’m naming the fretboard inlay design “Chain Reaction.” The basic idea is this is the chain reaction leading to the “nuclear burst” finish applied to … Continue reading »



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My New (Not-So-)Secret Identity

Building guitars is becoming a bit of an obsession. Funnily enough I know two other guys in my software engineering group who are also luthiers – perhaps it’s contagious? In order to support this habit without going broke I’ve decided I need to begin offering my guitars for sale. And for that, I’d need an … Continue reading »



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Atomic Age Surfcaster

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Atomic Age Surfcaster

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Atomic Age SurfcasterWith the charity guitar (the “Wishcaster”) complete, it’s time to start the next build. Though I still haven’t completed the acoustic, I really want to build another Surfcaster – this time for me. A few weeks ago I acquired three burl Maple bookmatched … Continue reading »



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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 »



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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 »



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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 »



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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 »



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Assembling the Box, Part I – Soundboard and Sides

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Building an Acoustic Guitar

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Building an Acoustic GuitarThe head and tail blocks The head block was assembled as a 5-piece glue-up with three ‘core’ pieces stacked vertically and a top and bottom glued horizontally cross-grain. This is done to promote stability and strength in both dimensions while providing a side-grain surface … Continue reading »



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