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Guitar fever ….

I entered the hobby of woodworking indirectly. It was in fact, my passion for beautiful guitars that inspired me to learn how to work wood. I have wanted to learn guitar since I was a youth and a little over a year ago Susan and I began the study by attending an adult  education class at the community college. I practice almost every day, not out of discipline but because I enjoy it. When I’m not practicing I sometimes unwind by window shopping for beautiful (and sometimes ugly) instruments. My wife refers to this as “guitar porn”. I’m afraid I have contracted a common but serious condition known as GAS or guitar acquisition syndrome. My illness is somewhat under control as I haven’t purchased any guitars in recent history, however it has caused a very serious secondary problem commonly referred to as TAS or tool acquisition syndrome. My TAS problem is a direct side effect of my uncontrolled desire to build marvelous music machines of all flavors. I mention this because I recently have had a flare-up. I’ve been patient but once again I’ve begun looking at guitar kits and plans.

My electric is a nicely made Korean copy of the single cut-away, dual humbucker guitar everyone would recognize as a Les Paul style.  Quilted maple top, Grover tuners, ebony fret board with MOP inlays. I didn’t pay a fortunate and it is a wonderful guitar.

Agile AL-3100 Tribal Red

But being an old classic rock fan, I’ve been hungering for dual cut-away, triple single coil guitar everyone would recognize as a Fender Stratocaster style. I certainly don’t need another instrument to practice guitar, “just want one”. I tell myself that I’ll make one and I probably will someday but until then, I found a $30 pawn shop special. It’s a guitar made around 1996 by Ibanez CX140 in black. At the time it retailed for $239.95. Similar to this one only mine is black.

Ibanez CX140

My goal is to rehab it into a practice/player I can have on-hand without fear of dings, dents, etc.. I’m not planning on putting any money in it, I just want to begin the study of guitar repair. At the moment all the parts work but the pots and jack need cleaning and grounding. I plan to use heavy-duty aluminum foil to shield the electronics cavities. I may actually change the nut as the black plastic one is already loose and it would be a learning experience to do so. Well, enough about that for now…

I mention my guitars because over the weekend I built a couple of guitar wall mounts to hang them in my practice room which as it turns out, is also our bedroom. I had some scraps of cypress on-hand and became inspired on Saturday. Pretty much like everything I’ve made so far, they are prototype/practice exercises. I’m finishing them with a simple teak oil and I hope to test them out sometime this week.

Guitar Wall Mounts Guitar Wall Mounts

The longer mount is for my acoustic which has a much thicker body than the Strat copy. I plan to add a safety catch. I was thinking a small bit of chain but Susan suggested using a piece of wood.  Both options seem viable at this point. Although I did measure, there is still some question as to whether all things will work properly once thy are on the wall.  As I have said in previous posts, I refuse to worry about every little thing and I’m just going to have fun on the journey. If they aren’t perfect, I’ll modify the plan for next time.

You have been reading an excerpt from the shop journal of the Turtlecovebrewer.

  1. June 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I’m hoping to start my first guitar build very soon!

    I purchased two plans last year (a Les Paul Tele and a Les Paul ‘T-type’ guitar) but, after viewing some images on Google and looking at the excess of walnut in my workshop(!), I’ve decided to make a Gibson SG with the smaller scratch plate and the plans for that one arrived today! 😉

    • June 20, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Very exciting Olly I really can’t wait to see you’re project(s). We have to have a guitar for every occasion!

  2. June 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Just a word of caution. With your history of GAS and TAS, if you start fooling with making guitars, I think a severe case of WAS (wood acquisition syndrome) will surely follow. Take it from someone who knows….
    But seriously. Go for it.

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