I struggled with this stupid thing for too long. By "this stupid thing", I mean this....stupid thing:
(The gigantic looking headstock is an illusion due to the angle)
So I stripped the hardware and permanently rid myself of sleepless nights thinking how to salvage this @$*&ing thing.
I'm starting a new build. It's a bit of a departure for me. Without too much pontificating, here's the design:
As you can see, I've stolen a few ideas from the "League of Extraordinary Luthiers" build...and a few ideas from the esteemed Carl Thompson.
It will be built in 4 major parts, per this diagram:
Neck, Bass wing, Treble wing, and fingerboard.
The neck will be padauk. The headstock wings will be slightly different, but we'll get to that.
The bass side wing will be 4 pieces. It will primarily be flamed maple, but with a 1/2" wide curly walnut stripe in the outer wing, and a 1/4" gabon ebony stripe between the wing and the neck.
The treble side wing will also be 4 pieces. It will be mostly curly walnut. There will be a 1/2" flamed maple strip in the outer wing, and a 1/4" gabon ebony stripe between the wing and the neck.
The fingerboard will be either Katalox or Gabon ebony. I have ordered a very cool piece of figured Katalox with heartwood and sapwood. If it doesn't make the whole thing look too chaotic, I'll use it. If it does, I'll go with Gabon ebony.
Here's the Katalox piece:
I love it, but whether or not I use it depends on the overall appearance. If the design would be better served with a neutral ebony field, I'll go with that instead.
Here's the walnut:
And here's the maple:
Here are the specs:
Maple and walnut body
1 piece Padauk neck
Dunlop flush-mount straplocks
Ebony nut and bridge saddle
Undersaddle transducer and piezo buffer preamp (make and model undecided)
Passive controls: volume and tone.
Active controls (maybe): EMG BQC control