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The SG has always intrigued me. The subtle cuts that create the horns. The many styles they came in. They can run from the ornate 3 golden pickup custom with block inlays & binding. They can be as bare bones as a 1 P90 dot neck Jr. Jimi Hendrix played a blistering version of Red House on one at The Isle of Wright and Angus Young has been strummin the same 3 chords on one for…


Added by Richard Stark on October 6, 2012 at 4:14am — No Comments

The "Sonic Bean" 2nd offset build

Well... I had traced 2 Jaguar-ish bodies onto pine. One became the Lake Placid Blue (1st offset build), and the other was originally going to be a lefty for a customer but the deal fell through. So I decided to build a "lefty" guitar for a "righty"... kind of a reverse flipped Jag. I am very happy with how it turned out. In my opinion it has a futuristic homegrown look and a mellow sound due to its pine body and the awesome "DownUnder" pickup from Ted Crocker. I fabbed the pickguard from a…


Added by Richard Stark on September 3, 2012 at 9:10pm — No Comments

The Highwaymaster 1st offset build

I had serious GAS for an offset....Im torn between a jag and a jazzy... but was in telecaster building mode...and budget. I had some measurements from the internet and alot of pictures...I drew up a template, collected my spare parts and ordered what I needed. I have to say...the pickguard lined up pretty close to how it does on a factory Fender... I think I got close but I wanted to make something for myself not clone Leo to the millimeter. I used pine, routed by eye,cut with a jigsaw and…


Added by Richard Stark on April 19, 2012 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

1168 Tele

This tele is another pine one ( like Leos 1st ones...). The inspiration for the finish and guard come from My Grandparents basement...worn grey steps led to this yellow tile. When We helped Grandma move a few years back (after being there 46 years) I took a few tiles. This git has a soft spot in my heart...Ill be gifting it to my Brother Tim as I know just looking at it will take Him back to the childhood we spent there. Pretty straightfoward build, using Fender electronics,hardware and a…


Added by Richard Stark on March 13, 2012 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

RULE #62 Tele

I set out to build a pine tele..This build was for my good friend JT to add to His collection ( strat,Les Paul,335 etc...).. Leo Fenders 1st telecasters and prototypes were in pine...being from NC I had plenty of it around! I glued 4 pieces ( 2 high and staggered em). The tele template I made is slightly different than a Fender with a shorter bottom horn. My goal here was to combine a bit of the new with the old, give a respectful nod to Leo with this being the teles 60th anniversary yet…


Added by Richard Stark on January 22, 2012 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

FIRST BASS...... making a Telecaster 4 string bass Highway Key style

A local player commisssioned Me to make a Telecaster style bass. I decided to use pine because the very 1st tele's Leo Fender made were  pine...and to use Fender parts where possible. (neck/pickups/ and  pickguard). I modded the pickguard and headstock and made a control plate. The idea was to create my version of a tele bass....eventhough Fender has done one before in the 60s. Ill let You decide how it came out....but the guy who bought it loves it! I had a blast and a half creating it!…


Added by Richard Stark on November 26, 2011 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Birth of The Highway Child

The Highway Child is a 6 string strat/tele hybrid. I use the "hippie sandwich" technique. the back and middle cavity are 2 separate pieces with the middle routed for wiring. The front cap is maple laminate (removable).…


Added by Richard Stark on September 15, 2011 at 6:53pm — 1 Comment


OK..... I dont think I can pinpoint what the most exciting or rewarding part of building guitars is....probly a combo of all of it. Theres the planning stage, that spark when Ya get an idea or see something that inspires a build..... theres the collecting the parts...the wood, the neck,the electrics, the little details. Theres that "ahhh" when I take that 1st cut, that hands on when Im…


Added by Richard Stark on July 24, 2011 at 5:37am — 1 Comment

Creating "The Highwayman"

( to the tune of Highwayman by Willie,Kris,Waylon & Johnny....)

" I was a luthier, I could create guitars from wood....but at electrics was no good. I wired a pickup in handbuilt ash Les Paul. Plugged Her in and sucked the current from the wall... and when the smoke had cleared they said it had no ground...but I am still around...."


What do ya do when people know ya like guitars and pass on cheap beginner nylon classicals to You? Ya reach deep down an work some…


Added by Richard Stark on May 28, 2011 at 1:06pm — 1 Comment

Building the Les Paul Jr style

I had a Downunder 4 pole pup and Panama Red bridge all wired up by Ted Crocker and some pretty maple laminate and plywood laying around........ So I traced the shape and got out the jigsaw and files.…


Added by Richard Stark on April 13, 2011 at 5:57am — 2 Comments


Hello to all, I just saw the coolest thing! Breedlove Guitars has a great vacation where they have perspective buyers out to their facility. They wine & dine You, give Ya the factory tour, let You aid in the design & build of Your acoustic and then give You a Porshe to go cruising through the wine country. All of  this for around I believe $10k for the weekend.

Now for those of You like Myself who although this sounds like a perfect weekend would better be able to quench their…


Added by Richard Stark on January 15, 2011 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

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