Tuesday 8th April ’08
back to work on the Baritone.. the tuner hole for the bass string needs enlarging.. be careful doing this, I’ve snapped off a few drill bits in my time..
These wonderful custom humbuckers from Wizard are especially wound for this guitar..
and here she is with strings attached.. all that I need to do now is make a set of custom pickup surounds
but here are this weeks two new-borns..
the controls are removed from the PAF and the cavity shielded
and then everything is re-installed
and a long and hard wiring process is undertaken..
after playing around with a superswitch for a while I gave up and ended up calling Andy at Wizard pickups for advice.. needless to say in 5 minutes he’d sorted me out!! (for the first three or four years of my carreer I had someone else to do my wiring for me!!.. I’m an artist give me something I can see and touch I’ll be cool, tell me to descibe how electricity runs through a guitar and I might struggle a bit!!!)
anyway, back to wood… the backplate and pickup surrounds will be made out of a multi-laminate …um.. laminate.. Each layer has grain running in opposite directions to add strength to the final piece..
here they are all clamped together between a bookmatched piece of maple with foam on either side to ease out any air bubbles in the laminates..
while waiting for glue to dry the PAF is set-up.. intonation, string and pickup height etc etc..
even the height of the strings at the nut is of prime importance..
it’s a long job and the boys got bored.. so I took them for a run in the park!
the excess glue is sanded off each plane of the now dry and solid multi-lam section
the backplate is cut out
and, after sanding and profiling, is stained and fitted to the guitar.. she is now a complete custom guitar and raring to go..
first off I take several hundred photo’s for the site.. the sun being out helps a lot..
and of course the boys were intrigued.. they know not to touch though..
All my best,
Crimson Bespoke Guitars HQ