Some of my faves
This is Blondie. Blondie has a quilted maple top over a Brazilian Mahogany body and although she’s a bit flat on top she’s extremely curvaceous in the rear, in true Brazilian style. The body is a full 50mm thick, this is to make up a bit of the mass lost in the trem routing, so the back has full body comfort contouring.
Blondie has flame maple binding on the Indian rosewood fingerboard and a maple stripe in the centre of the mahogany neck. The hardware includes Schaller machine heads, a WD Deluxe low friction tremolo and Kent Armstrong’s sweet alnico pickups. The rosewood head veneer has Paua Abalone inlays.
This is the AB602; AB? It stands for Anne Boleyn; why? Well the body and neck are made from Burmese Teak and this particular piece of teak spent a lot of time, from the late eighteen hundreds to the early nineteen seventies, as the top of the bar in the Boleyn Inn.
I was unable to find any real information on the use of teak in electric guitars so I built this more as an R&D exercise than a commercial proposition so it has joined the ranks of the demo fleet.
The carved top is made from 18mm thick Flame Maple and the neck has an Indonesian Rosewood fingerboard with flame Maple binding.
Pickups are Bare Knuckle P92’s, the bridge is a Badass wrap around with Graph Tech String Saver saddles. Machine heads are Schaller M6 Locking.
This guitar is incredibly resonant; strum a full chord unplugged and you can feel the whole thing just sing. The tone, when amplified, is really woody and very acoustic sounding. It would seem that teak is the perfect partner for these outstanding hand made Bare Knuckle pickups. I have enough of the original piece of teak to make two more guitars so watch this space.
It’s a hybrid; shades of the RC600 in the compact body design and an MG600 style headstock.
The body is one piece of swamp ash with a translucent cherry lacquer finish whilst the neck is rock maple with an ebony fingerboard carrying 21 medium frets on a very unusual 23.5″ scale length. The headstock and trussrod cover veneer is eucalyptus. The nut is from those good old boys at Graph Tech. The bridge is a Wilkinson VS100 and the machines are the incomparable Gotoh 510’s; probably the best machine-heads on the market today.
Pickups are a calibrated set of Mules from those very nice people at Bare Knuckle pickups and they’re controlled by a Les Paul style switch and coil taps on the volume and tone controls.
All in all a very interesting and unusual guitar; but we’re into interesting and unusual!