…Choosing the wood and making the blanks…

Alec is the front man (guitars and voice) for West coast band Skerryvore. He visited at the weekend to finalise the drawing and spec for his new Bailey Custom. He drew his own headstock shape it will be a unique one off custom and requested that the guitar have a ‘sustainer unit’ built in and probably EMG pickups (still to confirm).

After seeing Steve’s guitar made on our build your own guitar course, he has decided to have it sprayed with the same red wine burst so it will be a stunner.

Alec brought his favourite old guitar for me to copy the neck, so I took all the dimensions.

While he was here I got out the wood I had selected for him to check over. It will have a maple neck with a birds eye fretboard. The body is ash with a 4mm highly flamed maple ‘drop top’ cap. This means that the ‘elbow carve’ is cut into the ash body blank before the cap is bent and glued on top.

I took him back to the train station with some homework. He is going to work on an inlay design for the 12th fret and decide for sure which pickups he wants.

When I got back from dropping him off I got started straight away gluing up the body blank. I also made the fretboard, roughed out the neck, and glued the fretboard on before calling it a day. Next job is to put the truss rod in.