Custom #3 in the Box Elder Series



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For this build, the customer had brought me a chunk of knotted box elder burl roughly shaped to a Gibson Firebird V body. I ran the piece through the thickness planer and filled it with epoxy to stabilize it, and I fine-tuned the contours. Electronics cavities are free-hand routed.

I built up the neck from a piece of flame birch and used a rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl inlays, hand cut. The control covers and pick guard are carved from scrap pieces of box elder burl. The fittings are chrome and black, and I put D’Addario super lights on it.

The finish is of nitrocellulose lacquer, red fade over amber.

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