February 12, 2008

Git Fiddle Fetus...

by Chris Randall

Started my guitar project today. I picked up a nice piece of lightly figured Western Maple yesterday, and today I roughed out the body. I need to go purchase a drill press so I can finish cleaning it (Robo-Sander ftw), then route the edging and the cavities. As you can see, if you know guitars, I loosely modeled the body shape on a Supro Dual Tone, but I streamlined it in a sort of Jag-ish manner. I guess it's a Jagro. But this isn't a piece of alder with a maple top. It is a solid (and not in the least inexpensive) unglued slab of maple.

I can do all the body work and finishing myself, but the neck is beyond my wood-working abilities, so I'm gonna order a custom up from Warmoth. The main sticking point at this juncture is whether to get Space Invader inlays, really. I have enough of this maple left to do a second one, but I may make a matching one out of a nice piece of black walnut I have my eye on at our local hardwood sawmill. (One of 7 within a 10 minute drive of my house, but the only one that will do custom cuts on hardwood.)

Anyways, we're off to the races on this bitch. My main problem is that most solid-body electrics look too small on me; my frame is much better suited to bass playing, as I'm 6'4", and my arms hang down to the floor, essentially. So, don't let the picture mislead you. The body of this guitar is roughly the same size as a J-Bass. It'll be a canoe paddle of epic proportions when it is done.



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Feb.12.2008 @ 10:37 PM
No embedded Flickr link? :) That is a really nice pattern on that chunk of wood. Are you going to just clear-coat it and leave that pattern visible?

Feb.13.2008 @ 12:21 AM
Dave McAnally
Concerned with how it looks on you...is this an indication some shows are imminent (and by imminent I mean looming in the time it would take to build a guitar)?

Cool design for sure.

(refrains from asking the obvious 'what kind of pickup config' question....sorta).


Feb.13.2008 @ 12:27 AM
Chris Randall
I'm gonna dye it black, actually. Blond guitars give me the heebie jeebies. I'm not _painting_ it black, though. It'll end up looking something like this:

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Although I'm gonna go a bit lighter than that. Pickups, I'm torn. I have to decide soon, as I'm gonna be routing, obviously. I suddenly have a jones for Powertrons (see what I did there?) but prior to that (and still more likely) I was gonna have a pair of bucks wound by Skatterbrane.

To answer the other (hidden) question, we're going to be moving to the Eugene environs within the next few months, and I'll be putting a band together at that time. Since there are, like, other musicians in that town. Here, I'm the only one that I'm aware of.



Feb.13.2008 @ 6:51 AM
That black dye is rather badass. Very fitting for the recent material as well, IMO. I'm just not sure where you're going to fit the key bed.

Feb.13.2008 @ 11:12 AM
Adam Schabtach
Concern for things like the relative proportions of the guitar and its player is exactly why I defer to CR's visual aesthetic when we're designing plug-ins.



Feb.13.2008 @ 11:35 AM
Chris Randall
"I'm just not sure where you're going to fit the key bed."

Well, dunno about that, but there's room for my Kaoss Pad.

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Feb.13.2008 @ 11:58 AM
Dayum.... That's a great idea. I imagine it'd look good in the dark, too.

Feb.13.2008 @ 2:33 PM
You know, the folks at synthwood.com should look into that black dye process. A minimoog done in black would look pretty wicked.

And, to the kaoss pad note - I'm waiting to see someone take a guitar, remove the strings and a section of the body down by the pickups to fit a kaossillator in there.


Feb.13.2008 @ 7:16 PM
Reminds me of when I saw Tom Waits here in Chicago... looking at the mic stand all the way up I realized he must be at least 6' tall, much bigger than the other celebrities I've worked with. Usually the "big star" is about 5 feet tall with heels on.

Maybe you should just switch to playing bass, if you're that tall. We could use more bass players who understand rhythm.


Feb.13.2008 @ 7:32 PM
Chris Randall
The difference between playing guitar and bass, for a lead singer, is that you don't have to pay attention to the guitar _all_ the time. And it is difficult, bordering on "nearly impossible" to play a bassline and sing counterpoint to it. While I think Sting and P-Mac are both pompous asses, I greatly admire their abilities in that regard, as it is a long, long way from easy.

Ironically, I'm a far better bass player than a guitar player, but in a live scenario, none of that really matters, unless you're e.g. Dream Theatre, and the entire audience is 22-year-old boys with delusions of musical grandeur.



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