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Aside from the ubiquitous Telecasters, I usually try to stick to my own body shapes; but I got a request for an Explorer a while back, and thought y'all might like to see how it turned out:

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The top is yellow poplar barnwood, sanded down below the weathering.

The back is sassafras, and the neck is maple and walnut (this is the other portion of the stock I glued up for my "from the beginning" thread.)

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The customer wanted something to fill some of the real estate behind the bridge, and a bit of ebay motors browsing turned up this lovely 1958 Buick hood emblem, which I set into a round recess in the body:

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The pickguard is made from some aluminum sheeting that I imagine came from an old commercial freezer unit or something.

For the headstock, I went with the original V shape one, but tweaked it a bit to maintain proper string clearance around the posts:

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That is really fascinating...I keep looking at it.I can't imagine playing it.What style of music is it geared towards?

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Southern rock. Skynyrd, etc...

The pickup is a Porter Classic humbucker which I modified a bit. Swapped out the alnico 5 magnet for a 2, as it sounded a bit thin. Nice and full now, ballsy and raucous.

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Wow...I can so see Billy Gibbons playing that. Love it!

spooky i was just thinking that very same thing when your post popped up!!!

"do not adjust your TV - you have just entered the Twilight Zone"........

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You my friend are an artist and a luthier. That is the most awesome thing I have seen (at least since the last thing you built)....

Your use of random vintage and weathered objects is incredible....

I think I need to go practice working on my stuff now. :read

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The top was a piece of siding from an old barn and looked like this:

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I sanded it down flat, but not all the way, leaving the pockets of grey and such that you see in the finished top.

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Whoa...outstanding. At first it seemed that there is sound hole behind that hood emblem. Mmm.... I can imagine a semi-hollow explorer, with such a sound hole placement and cover. One of those semihollow explorer thingies has been on my build plans for a long long time. Now you just got me inspired again. Thank you

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It looks... sooo.. RAW. It's BAD ASS. Could you post a video with some sound samples? :) Great build :)

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