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.
The first in a series of 6 guitars carved from a 30yr old pine. Introducing No.1 – Based on the famous Jazzmaster shape. 2 Custom, scatterwound humbuckers with chrome plated nickel H-covers. Gotoh bridge & stoptail. 1 tone, 1 volume, 3 way switching. CTS pots & vintage capacitor. Body treated with nothing more then Danish oil.
There was just something about it. When tapped it had that ‘ring’, that sound that was far more than the usual dull thud you get with many woods. Maybe its the many blocks of birch laminated together under pressure. Maybe its the 40mm thickness. Maybe, maybe, maybe. One thing’s for sure – it sounds good.
Hand made from an old fencepost with scatterwound vintage 40yr old 43AWG coil wire in our C001 Custom Creamery Hot Tele Bridge, wired to The Creamery’s own twist on the original Fender electronics with a .0047uf cap where the resistor should sit – this is essentially the same as the ‘Eldred Mod’ giving the out-of-phase or cocked-wah sound in the front position. The growl and snap is helped along by the wood, an old sentimental piece of pine fencepost that lay drying out for twenty years.