The theme for the Crow guitar has been an organic, growing and living process. Crows are messengers, and they are scavengers. As Jim, Ferdinand and I discuss the background behind the writing of Kerouac’s On the Road, we begin to make the connections between the travels of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty with being on the road as a musician in a band. The wanderlust of a new generation searching for meaning, flowing from the Beats to Dylan and the Beatles, Hendrix and beyond. Gypsies on the road, their freak flag feathers in the wind of the rock and roll road-show.
OK, too much coffee. Time for Jim to trace and cut out the spruce top from a lexan template I’ve made and get on with the build.
Meanwhile, the guitar’s back needs to be planed to thickness before it can be carved. In this case, the back is a flamed maple, book-matched and planed to .625″ before I start the carving.
All of the guitar’s parts will be made on conventional woodworking equipment, so the next steps will be to make temporary templates for routing the chambering and center section. I’ve got an idea for the center-block that involves some tuned cavities, so that’s up next.
2 thoughts on “As The Crow Flies”
This is just the coolest thing ever. I’m definitely going to read that book now.
Hi Jol. I’ve been reading your column in Premier Guitar for a while now, and your theories on guitar building, playing and even just ownership are a delight. I’ve been mostly a vintage instrument player and collector, but your singular approach has me considering one of your guitars. Is there a way I can contact you to discuss this? Also, I’d like to see more photos or drawings. Thanks, Jason.