Two New Guitars

I just finished a commissioned guitar build for a local furniture maker and wood dealer. He provided rough-shaped box elder burl for two solid guitar bodies. One suggests the elegant style of the old Les Paul, and the other suggests the rugged and functional Fender Stratocaster.

It isn’t common to use box elder in an instrument, and these guitars are quite heavy. But they look amazing and play just fine.

Newly finished custom electric guitars
Newly finished custom electric guitars 
This guitar is styled somewhat after the famous Les Paul set-neck electrics. It's finished in gold and black trim with an ebony fingerboard. I used a wraparound bridge with no tailpiece.
This guitar is styled somewhat after the famous Les Paul set-neck electrics. It’s finished in gold and black trim with an ebony fingerboard. I used a wraparound bridge with no tailpiece.
I had to fill the knots and cracks in the wood with epoxy to stabilize the body, but the results are pretty. I used curly maple for the neck.
I had to fill the knots and cracks in the wood with epoxy to stabilize the body, but the results are pretty. I used curly maple for the neck.
I was very pleased with the maple used for the head stock and didn't have to put any veneer on it.
I was very pleased with the maple used for the head stock and didn’t have to put any veneer on it.
This guitar is loosely based on the Fender Stratocaster, with a bolt-on nect and 25.5" scale length.
This guitar is loosely based on the Fender Stratocaster, with a bolt-on neck and 25.5″ scale length. It’s trimmed with chrome and white.
Most Strats are routed from the front, and then covered with a big pick guard to hide everything. I wanted to show off the wood, so I routed this one from behind and came up with this back cover instead.
Most Strats are routed from the front, and then covered with a big pick guard to hide everything. I wanted to show off the wood, so I routed this one from behind and came up with this back cover instead.
I wanted this guitar to be all about the wood. The head stock inlay is rosewood left over from the fingerboard, and I used a scrap violin rib to make the fingerboard inlay.
I wanted this guitar to be all about the wood. The headstock inlay is rosewood left over from the fingerboard, and I used a scrap violin rib to make the fingerboard inlay.
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