=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= __* Jump to the NGD update *__===> 06 April 2019: Arrival [NGD]__ =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= This thread will chronicle the custom offset build that I am undertaking with @RadackGuitars . 05 April 2019: Arrival Date for the Radack Drunken Tele: = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = ~ = 22 May 2018: Today Rob and I signed off on specs and officially started the build. I'll start with the "sonogram image": Materials: I was able to grab a Luthier's Kit from @RoninGuitars , featuring a body blank of old growth reclaimed redwood and 2 of their Foilbucker pickups (FIRE! wind). Isn't that some pretty redwood? The grain! We will be using a baked Maple standard Radack neck (1-11/16" at the nut) with an Amazon Rosewood board (12" radius). I want to take that slab of rosewood out for dinner and a show. Rob has some great design aspects to his necks that really make a nice pairing with the resonant old growth body wood. The hardware will include nickel Kluson tuners, a Mastery Jazzmaster trem, and a nickel Graph Tech Ghost Tune-o-Matic bridge with Piezo / MIDI saddle triggers. Design: I wanted the guitar design to be a true collaboration between Rob and myself, so we spent some time discussing various ideas before settling on a modified offset design. I was keen on including elements of Jazzmaster, Jaguar, non-reverse Firebird and standard reverse Firebird designs, and after a few iterations we arrived at a design that was unique enough yet functional and aesthetically alluring. The lower bout is mostly Fender offset, but the upper bought is more a mixture of the two Firebird designs. The more I looked at the finished design, the more it looked to me like a Tele in a fun house mirror (in the best of ways), so I have informally named her "The Drunken Tele". *Note* Rob will be building a sister guitar at the same time with slightly different dimensions and some different materials. I will be posting progress of the two sisters at the same time. Finish: The guitar will be finished with nitro, in "Harmony Burst" (e.g. a simple two tone vintage red sunburst inspired by the finishes used by Harmony Guitars, and the inspiration for the current Novo Guitars Harmony Burst finish). Electronics: Will explain more on this in subsequent posts, but the idea is to exploit the 4-wire coil tapping of the Foilbuckers, high pass filtering and tone circuit defeat for each pickup. Additionally, we will be installing the Graph Tech Ghost system to allow for Piezo acoustic output and as a MIDI synth interface. As we get closer to the actual layout I will go into greater detail on this thread. Huge thanks to Rob at @RadackGuitars for being patient with me in my first build and for working with me to see this complicated project through. Also huge thanks to @RoninGuitars for both making the amazing materials available and for the inspiration of their own designs.