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Metal Top Koacaster

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by george4908, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. george4908

    george4908 Member

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    This one has been a long time in gestation and it isn't done yet, but it's now playable:

    http://snipurl.com/k57j
    http://snipurl.com/k57g

    My idea was to build a koa topped Tele with an engraved Zemaitis-style pickguard featuring a Hawaiian tropical lagoon scene based on the old metal National resonators. I couldn't find find the right engraver (long story), and I too have drooled over John Catto's work, but I came upon an artist at a local crafts show who specializes in etched aluminum panels. So I gave her a pickguard and images of what I was looking for, and what you see is what she came back with. Kind of hard to photograph, but it looks pretty cool in person. Other specs are:

    Bookmatched koa top
    Swamp ash body, bound
    Suhr Tele pickups
    Callaham bridge
    The neck pickup cover is engraved "Aloha"

    While the body work went well, I wasn't happy with the neck carve to the point where I decided to scrap it and start over (my second guitar, gimme a break!). Will be maple/pau ferro. Meanwhile, I threw a cheap Stew-Mac neck on there to get the guitar playable. It's bright and twangy, like a Tele should be.
     
  2. pfflam

    pfflam Silver Supporting Member

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    Wow . . . that's very beautiful!!!

    maybe it needs some relicing . . . ;)
     
  3. reachjkh

    reachjkh Member

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    It's almost too pretty to play.
    Very nice.
     
  4. Hackubus

    Hackubus Member

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    That's really nice. 'Gratz!
     
  5. QuickDraw

    QuickDraw Member

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    that is a work of art!
    beautiful guitar!
     
  6. DamianP

    DamianP Member

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    Just beautiful George.

    You`re getting good at this guitar making lark!

    ,Damian.
     
  7. WayneM

    WayneM Member

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    Nice job, George....I like!
     
  8. PaulE

    PaulE Supporting Member

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    I love it-make me one :D
     
  9. Go Cat Go!!

    Go Cat Go!! Member

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    Hi, I'm new around this parts. That's a beautiful guitar you have made. Your engraver did some really nice work as well. Stunning!
     

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