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Monday, January 26, 2009

The Time Draws Nigh

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When my dream will finally come true. 

I am ordering a custom-built guitar designed to my specifications. Here is what I am getting:

A chambered (hollow body) Stratocaster style body made of Swamp Ash with a flat Ash top, a left-handed Gotoh Wilkinson tremolo Bridge (to get the whammy bar on top of the strings) with a recessed rout, a graphite nut, and a contoured heel and an S-S-H pickup rout. To top the body off I will have it finished with a transparent Burst finish, either Tobacco Burst or Black-Brown-Red. 

The neck will be a masterpiece. The neck back will be made of Goncalo Alves wood with a fingerboard made of Pau Ferro. The nut width will most likely be 1-11/16th (although I am still kind of considering a 1-5/8th nut width). The contour of the neck will be either a custom made SRV-style contour (0.835" at the 1st fret, 0.970" at the 12th) which is asymmetric, or a "Wolfgang" contour (0.815" at the 1st fret, 0.940 at the 12th) with a much more subtle asymmetry. The neck will have a compounded radius of 10" at the 1st fret and of 16" at the 12th fret. I am still debating whether I want 22 or 24 frets. I will most likely get jumbo frets, though I have not yet closed off the possibility of Medium Jumbo frets.

The pickups will almost certainly be a balanced set of hand-wound Rumpelstiltskin pickups. The neck pickup will be from Aaron's Gypsy set (made to model Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys tone) while the middle and bridge pickups will be from the Experience set (made to model Hendrix's Experience Olympic White Strat). I will ask for the bridge pickup to be overwound and possibly scatterwound to increase output and get a very robust tone. 

Basically, Jimi's Experience Strat will have wild, monkey sex with his Gypsy strat. Their beautiful baby will then grow into a wild, handsome, young guitar who will seduce and make mad, passionate, musical love to Stevie Ray's Number 1. The offspring of that match will be MINE. I have not, as of yet, decided on a name. 

In the next 2 or 3 months I should have enough money to order everything I need (PM if you are interested in donating money towards this charitable and most beautiful cause). Give a month or two after that to get neck, body and pickups built (plus all of the required hardware) and shipped to me. Perhaps another month to get everything put together and set up just the way I want it. Once that occurs, or before if there is enough demand to see the neck and body and all of that before it is put together or set up, there will be pictures posted.
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