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This custom guitar was made by John Woods, a master luthier from southern Oregon. He has built guitars for many years (since 1969 to be exact), including pieces for well-known folks like David Lindley (former player for Kaleidoscope, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, etc). It has been modeled after a Les Paul Standard, but setup to be wired like a Fender Strat, so you get the best of both! The neck is 1-7/8" wide at the nut (1/8" wider than standard sizing) to accommodate large hands and fat fingers. The pickup and tone/volume control hardware mount through the back of the guitar, leaving the front for viewing the beautiful tiger stripe maple instead of an ugly plastic pickguard. The neck inlays are made of Turquoise, Mother of Pearl, and Pāua Shell. This guitar is truly one of a kind, specifically because of the way it has been laminated together. The black stripe meets up with the solid black on the back of the neck and contrasts with the maple for an extremely striking look. It has all been done with West System epoxy and curly maple (with tiger striping on the outside layer). There's absolutely no way these laminates will ever come apart and the polyester resin finish should never need any kind of maintenance. See the last photo for all the hardware that will be included. You don't get everything (e.g. no pickups, tone/volume control, tailpiece, etc), but this opens up the possibility for you to pick the exact pieces and wire them to your liking. You do get a chrome neck attachment plate, Grover Mini rotomatic tuning machines, screws, back plates (note that one of them has some ink stains), tone/volume knobs, and strap buttons! Really, the photos speak for themselves. The guitar and hardware will be shipped safely and securely in pieces, as you can see in the majority of the photos. $1200 OBO + $50 shipping within the USA. If you want it shipped internationally, let me know and I can give you a quote. I have it listed on eBay & Reverb.com if you want a more secure place to purchase it.