Inside the electric guitar pt.1. The Parts List.
The neck joint is the heart of the guitar, loose and you lose sustain and in many cases, the neck becomes unstable. With a good, well made tight neck joint a guitar will always sound better – you will hear it in the sustain.
Introducing ‘The Alleyway’, a Gibson Explorer style guitar handcrafted by my own fair hands. In the US they have Bloc Parties, here in Manchester we throw open the gates and meet up in the alleyways to share stories, drink and be merry.
The original cream coloured P90 covers are now black and the middle/neck position now wired in series.
Quick progress update. Here are the first three guitars from the Blackguard series – 6 guitars crafted from 30yr old pine. A jazzmaster style with custom handwound H-cover humbuckers, a Standard telecaster and a Tele Custom style, both with sets of my handwound pickups.
Not the best looking guitar in town due to the three pickup configuration and cream P90 covers (which I’m changing to black) but the sounds you can coax from this guitar are just sweet. The heavier gauge strings, coupled with a one piece heavy mahogany body, rosewood fingerboard and fatter sounding P90 pickups rather than tele/strat types give this guitar a real warmth.
Just a quick post – Here’s a closeup pic of the headstock design. After playing around with more a few more sharper versions I finally settled on this curved variation on the traditional format.
Each headstock will have the logo, guitar name, serial number and the date on which each guitar was crafted.
Named after a comment I overheard whilst climbing off the train at Manchester Piccadilly station, as a group of guys climbed on, eager to get back home south.
A tele take on the Les Paul Junior. Whilst waiting for a batch of parts to arrive so I could wind the single P90 needed, the guitar was wired up with an old Gibson P90 I had lying around. Eager to hear a P90 in the bridge position the old Gibson pickup was only ever meant to be temporary measure, especially as this was a neck pickup, the pole spacing too narrow for the wider telecaster bridge.