Final assembly of the ‘holocaster’, a black stratocaster body sprayed with a large metal flake finish, is all done and here are some shots. Finishing up the neck. Kurt Vonnegut books are just the right size to use as jigs 🙂 In the sun: Check out the noiseless Z-coil pickups: And the satin finish locking… Continue reading Holocaster part II
In the 1990s Fender built some stratocasters painted in a ‘holoflake’ style, which is to say a base layer of gloss black followed by lots of large metal flakes followed by a final clear coat. The finish sparkled with the colors of the rainbow and it looked really cool. My daughter and I are trying… Continue reading Holocaster part I
My daughter works on the weekends with a local professional artist, a painter of guitars and motorcycles and other such things. They were cleaning out her shop today and found this guitar (bass?) body, which my daughter immediately decided would make a great restomod project. Unfortunately, I am not sure what this is. I am… Continue reading What is this?
I really like the idea of using a guitar as a platform for artistic expression – the idea of a tool for artistic expression (music) being itself an artistic expression. In the 1990s, NYC street artist John ‘Crash’ Matos painted several guitars for Eric Clapton. Eventually Fender got involved and some 50 various “crashocasters” were… Continue reading Tuttomondo!
In my search to add wackier and wackier electronics to my home-made Telecasters, I have gone from simple things, like trying to wire different pickups together as a giant humbucker, to more complicated things like trying to create an infinitely variable single coil-to-humbucker knob, and with the latest project, I built a guitar with a… Continue reading More wacky electronics
Some time ago (actually, 11 months ago) I stumbled across a neck which struck me like a slap in the face. It was a Stratocaster neck made from a single piece of quartersawn Goncalo Alves. I figured because this neck was so unusual looking, it would eventually be part of a beautiful guitar and that… Continue reading The Butterscotch neck
G.E. Smith is a name you may know or you may not know. While he has recorded under his own name, he is not so well known in that vein but he has certainly recorded with and toured with many bands, including many years with Hall and Oates, touring with Bob Dylan, and playing for… Continue reading Master of the Telecaster