As the Autumn continues to wind down in chilly and damp fashion, it’s warm and busy in the shop. I’ve been working on several projects for clients, but have some “blue-sky” stuff going on as well. I’ve been messing around with some new pickup ideas, and thought that it would be useful to have a guitar made specifically for the purpose of testing pickups. Back in the ’80s I’d built myself a guitar with rear loading for the bridge pickup so that it could changed quickly without slacking the strings—so I decided to revisit the concept.
After drawing out the design in full-scale, I prepped a blank of mahogany with location holes, found the centerline and did a rough cut on the bandsaw. Here, my apprentice Jim and I are going over the details. I’m going to leave the body to Jim while I prep the neck and work on some pressing design items for clients. Not enough hours in the day!