Metal for Sakura Guitar

Work continues on the metal plates for the Sakura guitar. The task of making the pieces has taken the better part of three days but they are looking great.


The pickup adjustment will take place directly from the top plate, so they needed to be drilled along with the control holes. Around the edge the mounting screw holes needed to be countersunk.


After smoothing the edges and drilling, a brushed finish is put on the metal before it is to be nickel plated and engraved.


I had the foresight to cut a second top plate because I’d been talking to a client about another guitar that would use one. It’s a guitar that I’m calling “Hell’s Half-Acre” and I can’t wait to get going on it. Stay tuned!

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Jol Dantzig is a guitar builder, designer, writer and filmmaker. He has worked for Gibson, Fender, Guild, Ovation, Gretsch, and was a founding partner of Hamer guitars—one of the first boutique custom guitar brands. Dantzig’s work has been played by hundreds of artists including Sting, Steve Stevens, Larry Coreyell, Dug Pinnick, Billy Gibbons, Keb Mo’, Nick Lowe, KK Downing, Glenn Tipton, John Abercrombie, Glen Campbell, Rick Nielsen, Kenny Vaughan, Lita Ford, James Honeyman Scott, Elliott Easton, Andy Summers, Peter Frampton, Martin Barre, Lyle Workman, Brad Gillis, George Harrison, Jeff Ament, Dweezil Zappa, Jeff Tweedy, Nancy Wilson—and many others.

2 thoughts on “Metal for Sakura Guitar”

  1. I’m hooked on coming here every day. Even the days when there isn’t a post, I read the old ones over again. I notice that most of the people who comment, do so on your Facebook page, but I guess that just like you, I’m an old-school guy. That’s all. I just wanna say that I enjoy the blog.

  2. hey!!!!
    luv the new site. very exciting!!! best of luck with the new directions!!
    just was in upstate new york last week. it would have been great to say hello!
    to simply put it, there is no workmanship like yours. you are a rare bird. thank god for the few of you still left in the world who can face the challenges, discoveries, and miracles of mind & spirit. a path the soul must never forget, yet it’s getting tougher through these times.
    you keep up the surprises of craftsmanship. hold on to the harmony around you! music is in your process as well as the result.
    peace mon brutha !!!
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    -tony molina, LA

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