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The 2017 Batch of Electrics

Every year or so I do a batch of electrics, usually a batch of four guitars. Each guitar is built off of the same construction design, with the floating-neck through concept. This construction concept uses the natural taper of the neck as a long wedge which mates as a tight dovetail to the chambered body. The chamber shape of the body has evolved over the years to balance weight distribution and resonance. Every guitar is designed around a specific client which allows the discussion and playful use of tonewoods. I have found a great relationship with the use of a Honduran Mahogany body and the density and hardness of a slab cut Birdseye maple neck (not to mention they look so great together). All of the electrics come with hand made pickups by the legendary, Ron Ellis, a perfect pickup to bring out the beautiful nuances of these instruments. I could not think of a better pairing.


Flamed Mahogany top and Mahogany body with two Ron Ellis LRP Humbuckers (2017)


A prototype electric with a salvaged flame maple top and plain maple neck. This particular electric featured a rubbed oil finish (2017)


Macassar Ebony top with a figured Bubinga body and Birdseye maple neck (2017)


Detail of neck and heel


Mahogany back with contoured heel


All Mahogany body with ‘cat’s eye’ fhole


Salvaged maple top with oil rubbed finish


Oil rubbed finish with Inlay truss rod access


Close up of Macassar Ebony top and Bubinga body


Detail of Callaham Bridge and Ron Ellis LRP Humbuckers with reversed controls


Oil rubbed finish over a Mahogany body


Figured Bubinga and densely packed Birdseye Maple


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