2001 Bailey Build-Your-Own (BYO) course #2

March to July 2001


Having attended Mark Bailey's Build Your Own guitar course in 2000 I just HAD to go back and attempt a set neck instrument.

The body is constructed from a block of selected mahogony with a book-matched maple cap - deeply carved.

The neck and head are also hewn from a single block of mahogony. An offcut from the maple cap was book-matched and glued to the face of the headstock.

The fingerboard is ebony.

I decided not to inlay marker dots on the face of the fingerboard. There are small position dots conventionally down the side of the neck. Wide fretwire was used for easy bending.

The nut is graphtec and the tuners are gold locking Spertzels (and very smart too). The instrument has a gold Wilkinson tremelo bridge.

I chose Seymour Duncan humbuckers; a Jazz at the neck and a JB for the bridge. There is one tone and one volume control. The pickups can both be tapped via a push-pull pot.

It took me four weekends to make the guitar plus an assembly / setting-up day. Mark kindly sprayed the instrument with nitro-cellulose.

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