I had wanted to give a go at designing my own guitar for a while, and finally got the gumption to go ahead with it.
It has a strat-inspired body, but the neck is angled like a Gibson guitar (since it uses a Tremolo it will also have an angled headstock – Fender guitars have a flat headstock, which doesn’t make sense because that makes them require string tees which impair tremolo function! Not well thought out in my opinion – but then, they are made to be slapped together with bolts easily).
Started with blueprints – it has evolved since then so it has single coils and a pickguard rather than humbuckers; this is an early speculative drawing. The prototype will have a TOM instead of a tremolo. The name also change from Lucas. A (My middle names) to Newman.
From that drawing I created this 3D concept which I posted a little while ago. Designed in 3Ds max.
I also designed a set of templates which were laser cut in clear acrylic.
Then I went a little bit crazy in an exotic woods store and bought over $300 in Spanish Cedar, Ziricote, and Striped Ebony (enough for three guitars).
Cut the wood which has horizontal grain so that I had some quartersawn neck blanks.
The neck blanks, plus an African Mahogany neck I made with a Gibson headstock – not sure what to do with that one yet.
Then I joined the top to make one board to be glued to the body (this is for #2, the Ziricote build – not the prototype build).
And the completed body in Spanish Cedar – I had sketched up the front with pickup placement, control cavity placement, tenon placement, etc. but this face side was then covered up with the Ziricote top I joined earlier (this was not the prototype body either).
And that is it for the moment…more shortly.