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  • Writer's pictureJussi

Just a crappy Acoustic Guitar

My dear wife, after getting bored of my nagging and sighing, just went on and bought the acoustic guitar. 30 euros worth of Christmas present. And I was happy as a five penny pony. After about 35 years of silence and other stuff on my way, I finally got a new guitar.


My daughter, the eldest still staying in the house, pretty much right away, got bored: "Go play somewhere else, please. I want to sleep!" I suppose my playing or practicing at that point was quite painful to her ears (to me, it still is).

This lead to an Idea! Something more silent, perhaps?

Glued on out kitchen table
The first electric guitar, neck thru. Alder body with three-ply wenge and maple neck.

So I thought that an electric guitar, from scratch, would do the job: some artistic artifacts by hand, silent - more or less, and I get to learn something new about woodworking and playing guitar.

Winner Idea!

But I got Hooked!

Making one leads to making another because the first has so many flaws that you simply cannot accept it. Even though it plays beautifully. You just gotta! DO. IT. AGAIN!

My go-to guitar for practicing.
The second guitar. Neck thru, same design, different hardware and body out of ash this time.

Now I got more adventurous: a bit different shapes, TV Jones pickups with no rings around, strings thru body. Jack a bit like Stratocaster style but out of wood, nut a bit wider for my hands.

And it plays very well. So well that I got some orders from my friends and one local musician to build for them too. They knew I was going to do more because building something useful and beautiful is like a drug. Cannot quit after all that relative success, you know.

Third evolution of the Electric Guitar!

There's a problem.

I have collected some good hardwood from local luthiers and friends in the business. So I have: Mahogany, Sapele, Ash, Flamed and Carelian Birch, Flamed Maple, Elm and Wenge. How do I combine them to make the guitars. Don't know yet...

To start with the construction will be a neck thru again with distinct grain and pattern shown and natural color with minimal oil and carnauba wax surface treatments. Too many choices there already.

Third generation electric.
Guitar Evo 3 shall be a neck thru with flamed birch top and ebony fretboard (I think).

There's going to be a story - slow but - a story anyway

I plan to report the making of G3 here. With pictures and comments I hope to get your suggestions on how to proceed or your help in resolving building issues. I hope to be able to make three beautiful guitars with the same shape settings - with different woods and hardware though. Stay tuned for posts here...

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