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    Default The AT Custom Walnut/Alder Strat!

    I completed another custom guitar today, though in reality this one has been sitting essentially completed since last fall. This guitar was a complicated one in that it was assembled with two completely different types of pickup systems, and the wiring of these pickups and some setup details didn't get finalized until this past week.

    I absolutely love playing electric guitar, but I've had getting out and playing solo "acoustic" shows on the mind for some time, and in general I'm just not as comfortable playing acoustic guitars. I started researching piezo pickup options for electric guitars and selected for this project a bridge made by L.R. Baggs that has independent piezo pickups installed in each string saddle. I added the L.R. Baggs Ctrl-X pre-amp system for maximum output options, and quickly this guitar became about creating an axe that could function in both an electric and acoustic fashion. The body was made by Doug of A&D, a gentleman whose work I've come to appreciate tremendously. (I've previously used two other bodies crafted by Doug--the Thinline Strat and the Jazz Bass.) It is made of alder and features a 1/4" walnut top, and I again went with a natural Tru-Oil and wax finish. This guitar features two output jacks; the first is a regular output for the magnetic pickups, and the second can function as a piezo-only output or, with the flick of a switch, a blend of both the magnetic and piezo pickups--each has their own independent volume control as well.

    Pictures of this guitar in progress, along with my other guitar projects, can be found in the photos section of my MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/andrewthomassolomusic.

    The parts list and photos are below!

    A&D Solid Alder/Walnut Top Body--Tru-Oil/Wax Finish
    AllParts SRO Maple Neck--22 Frets, 1 5/8" Bone Nut, C-Shape Profile, 12" Radius, Jumbo Frets, Black Inlays, Tru-Oil/Wax Finish
    GFS Crunchy Pat High Output Humbucker Bridge Pickup w/ Maple Pickup Ring
    GFS Overwound Alnico Stagger Single Coil Middle & Neck Pickups w/ Black Pickup Rings
    L.R. Baggs Chrome Tremolo X-Bridge w/ Piezo Pickup Saddles & Ctrl-X Pre-amp
    500K Volume Potentiometer w/ Black Knob
    5-Meg Ohm Piezo Volume Potentiometer w/ Black Knob
    5-Way Pickup Selector Switch w/ Black Tip
    Black Plastic Tremolo Cover
    Switchcraft Jack w/ Black Jack Plate (Main Output)
    Switchcraft Jack w/ Black Jack Plate (Piezo Output)
    Schaller M6La Mini Black Tuners
    Graph-Tech String Trees
    Black Neck Plate w/ Black Plastic Gasket
    Black Strap Buttons








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    Awesome job AT!
    The control cavity reminds me of a Warmoth.
    Any particular reason the ring for the humbucker isn't attached?
    Is the humbucker mounted directly to the body?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150 View Post
    Awesome job AT!
    The control cavity reminds me of a Warmoth.
    Any particular reason the ring for the humbucker isn't attached?
    Is the humbucker mounted directly to the body?
    Thanks, Dino!

    The control cavity is the StewMac route, which is really close to the Warmoth route (but not the same, unfortunately). I believe StewMac sells a routing template that a lot of people use, but of course you can only buy the cover from them. The guy who built this body does matching alder covers, which I think looks SUPER cool!

    The humbucker ring is mounted, the screws are just sunk below the mounting holes.

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    super sharp!!!
    Dammit!!! I still smell like cotton candy!!!

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    SWEET. Nice job AT!

    I bet the wiring for that was a chore and a half. That is awesome. As cool as that looks, I appreciate that even more for the thought\ingenuity you put into it.

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    Very Nice.

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    I just saw it in person today...I noticed it right away..looks awesome!

    It reminded me of those Washburn's that Nuno had back in the day.

 

 

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