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Scorpion1

Built my own ES175, First timer.

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Hi Ladies and Gents! Thanks for having me here.

 Been playing Guitar and Bass for 40 years now in many forms, Garage Band, L.A. scene, Casual and now a Rockin Church Praise team(5 guitars, Bass, keys, drums, Trumpet, Trombone and Sax)............. I am a die-hard Classic Rock fan but also like some mid/late 80's stuff. I find myself listening to early 70's folk type stuff...............Seals and Croft, Gerry Rafferty, Simon and Garfunkel, etc......................

Anyway, I have had a number of guitars in my life but i recently Built one...................... Sort of...................

More of an Electric conversion to a semi-hollowbody, i love the 175's and 335's but never owned a real one.

So, here is my personal version of a RETRO ES175:

**Bought this old Tansen from a band buddy 10 years ago...................pretty basic guitar(I heard it was made by Jackson???)

**The pictures explain best but I kept the beefy Jackson Humbucker, which has a splitter, and topped it off with a set of 11-50 Flatwound Jazz strings.       It sounds very warm.................fat....................or crunchy if i choose.

**I added an acoustic hole as well as the F holes. It actually functions and it sounds decent unplugged. I modified the original pickguard as you may see in the pics...........

**I think it looks like an old Gretsch........................sorta Retro with the white and chrome accents.

Remember.............I am not a Luthier, i found this to be a very rewarding challenge, i used some non-conventional ideas.

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Hi Scott, I was worried about the sound a little bit, but the basic structure is still an electric underneath, it has the added mellowness of the acoustics now. I have been playing it quite a bit and am quite satisfied with my effort. Thanks!!

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Wow, it's certainly unconventional but that gets you in the game right? I wouldn't call myself "a luthier" sometimes either. It's not entirely unlike people who call themselves "artisans" when in fact that is a title bestowed by a master craftsman on apprentices who've worked for decades in their field. Too many self-appointed "master luthiers" these days....I wouldn't call myself one unless that title were given to me by a recognised master of the craft.

That turned out surprisingly well. I wouldn't call it an ES-175 though, since that's pretty specific. I mean, superficially it's more Gretsch-like than the more Florentine ES-175 style.

So what's next?

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Thank you for your comments sir, I was thinking a 175 was more generic for the big body with the cutaway, instead of the double cut away rounded 335's.....................and yes, unconventional for sure! My friends love it :)

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