Guitar nr 163
Width at nut: 41 mm
Width at 24th fret: 56 mm
Nr of frets: 24
Scale length: 635 mm (25")
Radius of fretboard: 10" - 16"
Inlay: MOP at the left side
Width at lower bowl: 300 mm
Length from neckjoint: 390 mm
Body: Swedish Elm, top in Swedish Birch
Neck: Swedish Maple
Fretboard: Swedish Oak
Neck: Tbear handmade single
Bridge: Tbear handmade humbucker
Ready at: 1998-09-20
The body of this guitar was made between January and July 1996. I made it
from Swedish Elm and Birch. The thickness of the Elm pieces was a little
too thin to make a body of so they had been in my woodpile for a long time.
And the grains were just straight and really boring.
One day I came up with an idea to make a hollow body guitar for some reason. A hollow body comes with a different set of overtones and due to my spirit of research this really excited me. Now those Elm pieces were just perfect for this experiment. I cut out the cavity with the overrouter and prepared for a top.
When looking for top wood I found some thin birch pieces. Normally the tap tone of thick birch is short and dull (and a little strange) but those pieces where crispy. Some birch woods are poor in grains and those pieces were complete without. But what the heck, this is an experiment. I finished the woodwork and decided to put a pickguard on for the option of replacing the pickups more easily. Because the wood didn’t look that nice it ended up red for some reason.
Now came the tricky part of finding a neck that matched the body. It took me two years and eight (8) necks to make me satisfied. I found a piece of maple that was only ten years old but with a tap tone that matched this body perfectly. I finished it with a fretboard in old crispy Oak.
To bring out the rich tone of this guitar I needed a really good bridge and the only choice was Gotoh LA510. I tried a solution with a trapeze but that didn’t work at all on this guitar. Finally the pickups are Tbear. He is amazing at understanding what I need. I connected the humbucker to a switch in the tone pot, to split it. This is a feature I have on almost every guitar.
This guitar was one of my favorites since then, but yeah… I have sold it. How it sounds? It is so difficult to describe it in words. I had the feeling that this guitar almost came alive in my hands. When I had the blues some times I picked up the guitar and it comforted me, when I was angry the guitar roared and frightened my neighbors (and my cat).