April 14th, 2008

…if I could have it my way.

kk dream guitar

I created this picture in the dressing room at offset-guitars.com.

I would have a Jazzmaster body made from mahagony with maple-top.
A Mosrite/Gretsch scale, set neck, maple with ebony fretboard (Mosrite radius).
The neck-profile copied from my e-sitar.
Neck-binding, zero-fret and the smallest frets available (Framus NOS?)
I probably would have a Bigsby instead of the jm-vibrato, but the jm-bridge.

These appointments are based mostly on one of my all-time favorite guitars, the 1975 Gretsch Country Rok, which I sold long ago.

For pick-ups I would have three Novak Fender XII replicas.
Jaguar style three on/off switches (rather than the Stratocaster switch in the pic) .
The rhythm circuit to give additional pu-combinations, since the 3 pups have two coils each. Maybe like this: upper-bout switch turns on north of bridge, south of neck, but not breaking the main selector circuit. The outside coils should be humcancelling and hollow like a Jazzmaster.

I just love the sound of the Fender XII, which I used on Wild Action (Modern Sounds of The Looney Tunes Band). The pick-ups are not as thin as DeArmond single coils, and not as fat as Supertrons. More like Jaguar ones, but hum-cancelling.

Color: ocean turquoise with matching headstock and gold hardware, Kluson-style tuners.
Pickguard either gold-aluminium or vintage white.

I wanted a gold guard guitar ever since I got The Wildest Guitar by Mickey Baker. I never had a blue-ish guitar before. It looks so green because I chose the aged look in the dressing room. The finish is blueer when new.

It looks fancy, I see that. But it’s supposed to be a custom, they have to look fancy!

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One Response to “My Custom Guitar”

  • Justin, this looks like one heavenly custom guitar. I customized my Yamaha SG 2000 red Sunburst some 15 years ago with lots of custom electronics as well as carving some wood out from the back, and I never looked back, still happy with it today and have no desire to play anything else.

    One advice though, you may want to label you prized custom guitars at antilosta.com just in case you loose it one day, I have all my valuables labeled with antilosta and recently had an expensive camera returned back to me after having lost it away from home in one of my gigs.

    All the best,

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