It’s always fun to talk about guitars, and everything related to them. Be it strings, picks, pickups. I f you got something to share or something for us to drool over I definitely want to see it.
I’m gonna be posting some new pictures of my new guitar in progress. It’s built by a great guitar maker Barry Grzebik. Check out his website http://grezguitars.com/ I am completely loyal to my buddy Dan Dunham and his guitars. If you aren’t aware of what he does you are missing out. Check his site out as well. http://dandunhamguitars.com/Dan_Dunham_Guitars/Welcome.html Dan has made me like solid body guitars. I never knew a solid body guitar could feel and sound so organic. My tele has been my number 1 for quite some time. With that said I still love hollow and semi-hollow body guitars. I have been on the hunt for a hollowbody to replace my workhorse es330 foe awhile. Barry let me play his prototype and the rest is history. As soon as I figure it out you guys will see some pictures. I’m looking forward to having this guitar along with My dunham as my workhorse guitars.
Here’s a few chronological progress pics of Tommy’s new guitar. In the last pic, I am scraping the color back off the binding. After that, its nitro gloss on the body and semi-gloss on the neck, a few weeks to cure, then polish and final assembly…..
The wood for this guitar is, Honduran Mahogany neck and center block, Flame Maple back and sides and a Sitka Spruce top, all solid woods (no laminated panels). It will have Lindy Fralin dogear P-90s a Bigsby and an Embimatic bridge.
I am dragging my ass across the carpet like a dog! I can’t wait to play her. She is gonna be a looker. The body pickup you are putting in is a killer feature. I know on my 175 their is a sound that resembles a reverb. I know its not but it creates a big vibey sound. I know the body pickup in the grez does something like that.
I don’t even have this on my website yet, but it will be called “Body Resonance Magnification”. The prototypes have been very promising, but a little low in output. Tommy, yours will be the first with the output boosted to what I think will be the final production level. A quick description, imagine a small magnetic pickup buried inside a guitar that doesn’t sense string motion, but instead measured body vibrations, sort of like a stick on pickup, but these are generally piezo based and require a preamp if you want to mix them with standard magnetic pickups. This pickup, being magnetic, can be put in series with existing pickups adding coloration from the body without the need for batteries and onboard preamps. The sound is a bit like going from a solid body to a semi-hollowbody, you get a little extra complexity almost like adding a tiny bit of reverb. I might not go so far as to say it makes a semi-hollowbody sound like a hollow body, but it is going that direction. As soon as it’s done, 30 days or so, I will post a video.
If you get before you head out this way, I might have to force you to bring it out. I want to give it a try. His explanations of what he has done has got the GAS flaring up pretty hard core.
I’t gonna be done for the gig and the clinics. I plan on showing this bad boy off!
Getting down to the last details. New white tuner buttons are way too bright for this guitar, so a little color in some acetone, dip the buttons in a few times and let them dry. The buttons actually melt a little and the color is impregnated into the plastic. If you touch the buttons before they’re dry, you will leave a permanent fingerprint.
The tuners look rad. I gotta get the knobs off to you this week.
Here are a few pics of the finished guitar. Photos really don’t do it justice. I guess I need a better camera, lighting or photography skills.
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