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by Ben Castellana
Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:15 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Puzzle Top Les Paul
Replies: 6
Views: 3260

Re: The Puzzle Top Les Paul

Thanks, all! The puzzle pieces were cut by stacking a 3/4 sheet of maple on top of a 3/4 sheet of wenge, affixing a pattern, then cutting with a scroll saw. Each set of pieces was numbered and juxtaposed to create the checkerboard pattern. It took a lot of time, and there was significantly more gap ...
by Ben Castellana
Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Puzzle Top Les Paul
Replies: 6
Views: 3260

Re: The Puzzle Top Les Paul

This is a bolt-on neck, with the neck tenon extending under the bridge pickup. The bolts are accessed through the pickup cavities so there are no bolts visible on the back of the guitar.
by Ben Castellana
Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Puzzle Top Les Paul
Replies: 6
Views: 3260

The Puzzle Top Les Paul

I started this guitar over four years ago. There were multiple times that I had to set it aside after encountering problems with the prep. Filling the gaps between the puzzle pieces turned out to be way more difficult than I thought, mostly because of the 3/4-inch thickness of the pieces. It plays r...
by Ben Castellana
Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: anyone know what this is?
Replies: 8
Views: 3837

Re: anyone know what this is?

A quick internet search suggests that this is a Kawai S-70, circa 1963. Here is an image link: http://www.steinhauer-gitarren.de/gitarren.html
by Ben Castellana
Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:08 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Recognize this guitar?
Replies: 5
Views: 2240

Re: Recognize this guitar?

A friend turned me on to this really cool site that has weird pickups and guitars (mostly Japanese) cataloged ( http://drowninginguitars.com/2012/06/29/the-bizarre-guitar-pickup-encyclopedia/ . There is a Prestige and a Teisco pickup that look very similar to the ones in this guitar. Check out the "...
by Ben Castellana
Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: John Kingma's latest Ancient Kauri Lefty
Replies: 20
Views: 4977

Re: John Kingma's latest Ancient Kauri Lefty

Nice guitar, and nice use of Pleistocene wood! I'm happy to see more lefty builds as well. The Explorer wiring is the same as a Flying V wiring, and you should be able to blend the volume of the individual pickups with the switch in the middle (My 81 Gibson V does this, as does the V I built several...
by Ben Castellana
Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lefty body and pick guard search
Replies: 13
Views: 3200

Re: Lefty body and pick guard search

I'm a lefty, and I build mostly to support my own habit. The market for lefty parts has definitely improved, but it's still infuriatingly limited. What specifically are you looking to do?
by Ben Castellana
Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:33 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Jim Bonnell's Supro-ish build
Replies: 12
Views: 3181

Re: Jim Bonnell's Supro-ish build

I like the guitar as well; very retro! The tail piece is really interesting; where did it come from?
by Ben Castellana
Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Latest Build in Progress - Neck Thru Flying V
Replies: 22
Views: 5542

Re: Latest Build in Progress - Neck Thru Flying V

I love flying Vs, and I love this build! The purpleheart compliments the maple very nicely. It doesn't look like there is a neck angle from the pictures. My 1981 Gibson doesn't have a neck angle, either, but the neck sits higher on the body to accommodate the bridge and pickup rings. If you find you...
by Ben Castellana
Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:22 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bigsby vs. alternate vibrato for flat-top, solid-body electric
Replies: 16
Views: 4521

Re: Bigsby vs. alternate vibrato for flat-top, solid-body electric

I got the idea to install a right-handed Jazzmaster tailpiece instead of a left-handed one when I started looking at photos of vintage Fender Jazzmasters, and realized that Fender installed right-handed tailpieces on their first couple of runs of left-handed Jazzmasters. The right-handed tailpiece w...
by Ben Castellana
Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bigsby vs. alternate vibrato for flat-top, solid-body electric
Replies: 16
Views: 4521

Re: Bigsby vs. alternate vibrato for flat-top, solid-body electric

And here is a view of the tail piece, the Buzz Stop, and the roller bridge before installation.
by Ben Castellana
Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:47 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bigsby vs. alternate vibrato for flat-top, solid-body electric
Replies: 16
Views: 4521

Re: Bigsby vs. alternate vibrato for flat-top, solid-body electric

This guitar also has a bolt-on neck, but the bolts go through the tenon and into the body. The body is redwood with a canary wood cap. The redwood is pretty soft, so I epoxied nuts into the body for the bolts to screw into.
by Ben Castellana
Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:44 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bigsby vs. alternate vibrato for flat-top, solid-body electric
Replies: 16
Views: 4521

Re: Bigsby vs. alternate vibrato for flat-top, solid-body electric

Hi All, Thank you very much for all of your input. It was great to read all of your comments and opinions about Bigsby B-5s and various other options. I finally settled on a Jazzmaster tailpiece simply because I could not find a left-handed B-5 anywhere (except on vendor who wanted over $225 US for ...
by Ben Castellana
Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:12 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Pickup test guitar
Replies: 11
Views: 3542

Re: Pickup test guitar

Are you using a connector (Like what EMG offers on their pickups) for the wiring? I've always thought it would be a good way to quickly switch out pickups without having to mess with the control cavity. I haven't found a connector that I like, though.
by Ben Castellana
Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:01 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Gibson Firebird non reverse body contour question
Replies: 1
Views: 1238

Re: Gibson Firebird non reverse body contour question

There is a pretty pronounced belly contour on the back, but no arm contour on the front. I've been considering getting an older non-reverse Firebird and flipping it to play left handed, so I've been looking at them for a while. They seem to be among the least desired vintage Gibson electrics, which ...
by Ben Castellana
Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bigsby vs. alternate vibrato for flat-top, solid-body electric
Replies: 16
Views: 4521

Bigsby vs. alternate vibrato for flat-top, solid-body electric

Hi All, I am planning to build a solid-body electric with a Gretsch Corvette vibe, and I was considering a vibrato tailpiece. I want to build it left handed and as light weight as I can. Gretsch uses a Bigsby B5, but these are heavy and very difficult (and expensive) to find left handed. I'm also co...
by Ben Castellana
Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar kit recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 19545

Re: Guitar kit recommendations

Bargainmusician.com also has some very inexpensive kits. I cannot speak to their quality, but dealing with the peculiarities of unfinished and/or lower-grade materials is part of the learning curve of a build. You would also have to shape the headstock, which can be done with hand tools and some pat...