BYO 317 Paul Hagan 18/9/12

I have had an amazing week with the blisters to prove it! Nobody is going to believe that I built it myself…

Paul Hagan

If you look carefully at the serial number you can tell three things – 1. Paul is our 317th victim 2. This is Paul’s first guitar build and 3. He may be a bit of an optimist. No doubt he will return one day to make 0000002 and when that day comes you can be sure I will let you all know.

This was made on our Build Your Own First Guitar course – particularly aimed at beginners and those who may be a little uncertain and just want to dip their toes in the water. There are a lot less options than the custom course, but it is quicker and a lot cheaper. The end result is still a professional quality guitar, but I have chosen the spec to make it as easy and painless as possible. It has a flat top and relatively simple shape – an ideal introduction to the art of guitar making.

The guitar is based on the Bailey Bandsman – the ‘workhorse’ instrument from the Bailey Collection. There is still plenty of scope for customisation – you can choose wood, pickups, finish etc – but the basic construction must remain the same. If this is not what you want to make you might find what you are looking for on one of our other courses.

Paul chose to have several upgrades – deciding to go for an Ash body and Maple neck with ebony fingerboard. He also chose P90’s instead of the usual two humbuckers and a tune-o-matic bridge with stop-tailpiece replaced the standard one piece wrap-over bridge. None of these custom elements are bank breakers but they do cost a little extra. Check out our online shop for dates and prices – if you can’t see what you want then contact us for more information.

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