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SG

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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!…

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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).…

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

ANOTHER HIGHWAY KEY HEADS TO THE SANDBOX

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…

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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…

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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.…

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

TOUR THE HIGHWAY!

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…

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

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