I began building this guitar in July of 2015 for a local woman; she knew that she wanted something different, a statement piece. Something to match her style and produce a sound as pure and shimmering as the guitar itself.
When I was asked to inlay crystals into the guitar I had some concerns about how to make it not look like a saddle and how to make it not get in your way, but was able to come up with a jig to cut a little channel for them to fit in there nice and snug.
I began by creating the shape and f-hole out of a one-piece African Mahogany back, dug the necessary chambers, and capped it with a black limba top. The body is all hand carved mostly using unplugged methods. The neck is a five-piece mahogany and birdseye maple laminate with a 1/32” birdseye and mahogany veneer on the back of the headstock, and the neck is topped with a rosewood fretboard.
The finish is an acrylic blend sanded to 12,000 grit with a wax polish for an ultra-smooth feel. It features a 12” radius, gold frets, 25.5” scale, 1-11/16” brass nut, copper shielding handwound pickups from Geppetto Guitars, Hipshot locking tuners, Musikraft bridge with “ashtray” cover, 4-way switch, treble bleed circuit, CTS pots and Switchcraft socket style output jack.
Photo credit: Julie Richardson