Friday, February 13

The custom guitar journey

So I am finally taking the plunge and having a fully custom guitar built for me. Been thinking about this for a long time and had many thoughts about what I want it to be.

In the end, I have chosen the awesome Geoff at Luttrell Guitarworks to build it for me. Not only does he run SF Guitarworks, but he has been building some amazing guitars under his own brand for a while. They are beautiful, play fantastically and are totally bespoke to the player.

I am going to blog about the process, choosing the materials, components, the choices we are making and show the journey.

This is a beautiful example of one of Geoff's guitars.

Step 1: What do I want? And can I get it somewhere else?

I really came to the decision to have something built as I want a specification that can't be easily bought of the shelf. That specification combined with the types of materials means that I could either go the build yourself, with Warmoth for example, or go fully bespoke.

Taking the route with Geoff will certainly give me something very special, unique and unlike anything else out there.

So what do I want?
  • Double cutaway
  • Birdseye maple top, satin finished
  • Curly/flamed maple neck, gunstock oil finish
  • Alder or swamp ash body, heavily contoured
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Abalone dots
  • P90 high output pickups, most likely from Bareknuckle in the UK
  • Locking machines, probably Hipshots
  • Stainless steel jumbo frets
  • Original non fine tuner Floyd Rose (single locking)
  • Bypass and Series wiring
Does it make sense?

This is an interesting question, and certainly one of the things that Geoff and I talked through. Am I making any stupid decisions or picking things that don't make sense. Luckily the answer to that in Geoff's mind is no. All these choices would make sense, and lead to something that performs very well.

In my next post I am going to start to talk about wood choices, as we should get some cool images back from the timber supplier on neck stock, tops and body blanks.

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