Rainy Day, Dream Away

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!

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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 “Rainy Day, Dream Away”

  1. Jol, good to see you blogging again, I’ve missed your writing style and the great photography. I noticed that Premier Guitar mag is featuring your work every issue now too. It’s about time the world knew about the real genius behind the guitars.

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